South Regional Hockey Champions

The Under 14 Hockey squad have recently been crowned South Central Tier Two Regional Champions.

This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved to a squad of excellent players who have progressed from winning the Under 12 Reading Schools mini hockey when they were in Year 7 to South Regional Champions. Many of the players play club and county Hockey and as a result there is great strength, depth and experience within the team.

The Regional Round was played on Tuesday at Reading Hockey club. We progressed through the group stages drawing against High Wycombe (Bucks), and beating Churchers (Hampshire) and Bloxham (Oxfordshire).

We topped our group and drew Lord Wandsworth school (Hampshire) in the semi-final. This game was a fantastic spectacle of all things competitive, a quick goal to set the tempo, fast attacking play, periods of defensive pressure, an injury, and an equaliser for the opposition.
Through sheer grit and determination, we hung on which meant penalty flicks were looming! Penalties are always a nervous affair and this was no different with a place in the final at stake. Lily P, Lily R, Mia, Lois and Emily rose to the challenge whilst Becca was fantastic in goal saving two strokes. We beat Lord Wandsworth 4-2.

The girls were ecstatic that they had reached the final against St Edward’s (Oxford) and were 100% focussed on finishing the day on a high.

After a long and tiring day, and so many emotions they played some of their best hockey in the last game, and beat St Edward’s 1-0. It was a remarkable day and one they will never forget. Thank you to all the parents who came to support. It really helped us. The squad now progress to the National Finals which will take place in February.