Alcester Grammar victorious in maiden Warwickshire U14 Boys' competition

Alcester Grammar
As part of England Hockey's new tiered Schools Championships, our Area Coordinators have been looking to stimulate new opportunities for schools who would not have previously been at a level to compete in County Competitions. This report is from a recently organised Boys’ U14 Tier 3 Championships in Warwickshire, a seven-a-side tournament held over one afternoon.          

The first Warwickshire U14 Tier 3 development competition was held this week, with six schools competing – Aylesford, Myton, Alcester Grammar, Shipston, King Edward XI School (KES) and the hosts Stratford School.

Despite the threat of Storm Gareth,  all the boys were keen to take part in the competition and all the matches were evenly contested.

Indeed, it was often an individual piece of skill or some brilliant goalkeeping that was the only difference between the teams. 

The teams were split into pools and it was Alcester Grammar who emerged top of theirs, ahead of Stratford, while Myton topped the second pool - despite having just six players – ahead of KES.

Alcester then kept their winning momentum up in the semi-finals as they defeated KES, while Myton overcame Stratford on flicks after the game finished 1-1 thanks to some superb ‘keeping.

The goalkeepers dominated the final too, with this match also going to penalties. However this time it was Alcester Grammar who would emerge on top, with their goalkeeper making a superb diving save on his debut to secure the victory for his team.

If your school is interested in participating in a local Championship please contact competitions.info@englandhockey.co.uk.