Last week both A and B teams played in the London Schools Hockey Competitions. First up were the B team, playing at Woking for the Plate. Despite losing the opening match to St. George's 4-0 we rallied in our remaining group matches to beat Trinity 1-0, Meath Green A 2-0 andClifton Lodge 3-0 to finish second in the group, behind St. George's and qualify for the semi-finals. Here we faced Downend School, who had been scoring freely in winning their group. Although we found ourselves 2-0 behind we battled back to score and were making a good fight of it when disaster struck as Saul, one of our rocks in defence, was injured and had to come off. Ultimately we lost 4-1. So we faced Whitgift for 3rd place and again found ourselves under great pressure. Noah, in goal made some great save to keep us in it and suddenly Toby found himself clear with just the keeper to beat. He made it look as if he was going to shoot into the right hand corner and then calmly slotted it into the left corner. 1-0 was enough to secure the bronze medals. This was truly a squad performance with every boy contributing to their success. Well done!
Squad: Noah Ridgeon, Max Mukerji, Saul Cozier, William Davies, Alessandro Russo, Dominic Doepel, Raphael Boyer, Toby Polli, Shreesh Mehrotra, Vinny Pearce
The A team travelled to Kingston Grammar School for their tournament, playing for the Cup and a chance to progress to the South finals. Theirs was a round- robin format with five matches being played. First up was Whitgift and a competitive match saw us run out 1-0 victors. We then had a game off and this caused us to switch off as we started slowly against Christ Church, falling 2-0 behind. However in the second half we rallied and came back to win 3-2. Royal Russell were our next opponents. Earlier in the term we had played them and dominated the match, but failed to score. Not today though as we slotted two past their keeper and our defenders Matteo and Luke kept it tight at the back. Trinity were also doing well and so our match with them was going to be tough. Despite having more of the pressure with Harry causing their defence all sorts of problems we couldn't break through and the match ended up 0-0. Results had gone our way and we went into our last match knowing that a win would see us win the tournament and the 6 -0 victory over Esher Church School confirmed this. As with the B team the entire squad worked tirelessly, with the midfield working hard to support the attack, but also defending as necessary. Well done to all and good luck for the South Finals.
Squad: Ben Leverton, Luke Meyohas, Matteo Cranchi, Sam Kettley, Tristan Saunders, Oscar Gasparro, Henry Gooderham, Harry Walker, Naeem Bonsu, Rufus Lyner