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Four different schools emerged victorious as the Schools Super 6s finals were contested across the country between 13-14 January.
Ipswich School dramatically claimed the U18 Boys' title after defeating Whitgift in a shootout, with Repton emerging victorious in the same fashion against Cranleigh in the U18 Girls' competition.
Whitgift's U16 boys' team were able to go one further for their school as they emerged victorious in their competition but Repton's U16 girls' side couldn't quite make it a double as they were beaten in the final by Framlingham College.
Playing at their own venue, Whitgift would have been confident of retaining the U18 Boys' Championship they won when it was last contested in 2020 and finished top of Pool A with three wins from three, including victory over Ipswich. A 2-1 victory over Altrincham saw them reach the final, while Ipswich defeated Repton 3-1 in their semi-final. The latter then took the lead in the final through Ed Brice before Will Petter levelled for Whitgift, taking the game to a shootout where Ipswich were imperious, scoring all three efforts to win the title.
Repton began the U18 Girls' event as reigning champions but were made to work hard to defend their crown. They also won all three group games and were joined in the semi-finals by Cranleigh from Pool A, with Framlingham emerging from Group B with a 100% record while The Grange also qualified for the final four. They couldn't go any further though as they were beaten 4-2 by Repton in the semi-finals, while Cranleigh hit form at the perfect time as they defeated Framlingham 3-1. Repton took an early lead in the final through Amelia Pollock before Siena Keijsers equalised for Cranleigh to take the game to a shootout, only for Repton to emerge 2-1 victors.
With 2020 champions St Lawrence College not participating in the U16 Boys' Super 6s finals this year, there was an opportunity for a new champion to emerge in this year's competition. Katharine Lady Berkeley and Whitgift emerged as early contenders after emerging top of Pool A and Pool B respectively, with King Edward VI Southampton and St George's College joining them in the semi-finals. Having been beaten at the penultimate stage two years ago, Whitgift ensured they weren't to taste that disappointment again as they defeated King Edward VI 2-0, while Katharine Lady Berkeley beat St George's College 3-1 to join them in the final. It was to be the hosts who emerged victorious though, Will Gravestock giving Whitgift a first half lead before two goals in a minute by Femi Owalade-Coombes securing a 3-0 victory.
As with the boys' event, Cranleigh - the 2020 U16 Girls' Super 6s winners - were not participating, handing the chance for another school to lift the trophy at the end of the day's competition. Repton and Framlingham emerged as favourite after the pool stages, qualifying top of their respective groups with three wins from three, while they were joined in the final four by Dean Close School and Tonbridge Grammar. Tilly Butterworth scored a hat-trick to see Repton to a 4-3 victory over Tonbridge in their semi-final as Framlingham joined them in the final by beating Dean Close 4-2. Captain Anna Cogdell gave Framlingham the perfect start by scoring in the second minute before Uma Kaeding looked to have taken the game to a shootout by equalising for Repton in the 18th minute. However Loulou Ford was on hand in the final minute to score again for Framlingham and hand them the title.
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