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In2Hockey Competition

posted 20 Mar 2015, 09:20 by Richard France
It has been a very busy few weeks for our newly-formed hockey teams.  They have been off all over the North of England taking part in different stages of the In2hockey competition.

We started at King Ecgbert School in February, where the boys won their tournament and the girls came second in theirs.  Both teams displayed some great skills - and lots of determination - in what was the first time they had ever played as teams together.

Due to the success at King Ecgbert School, the boys qualified for the North-East Finals, which were played at St Peter's School in York.  The girls played their next round (the North-West Finals) at Manchester Grammar School for Girls.  The girls came extremely close to qualifying for the North Finals, finishing fifth in the North-West.  The boys won their competition, so qualified for the North Finals.


At the North Finals, the competition was much tougher.  The boys won their first game, then drew their next two.  This put them through to the semi-finals, where they lost narrowly to the eventual winners of the competition.  The boys were then narrowly beaten again to finish fourth overall.  This means that they are 'Fourth in the North!' A tremendous achievement.


None of this would have been possible without excellent coaching from Frank Shorter.  His tireless enthusiasm for hockey kept the teams motivated and playing really well.  All the players (and the school) are very thankful to him for giving up so much of his time to enable a great group of children to have so much fun (and success!).  We also have to say a huge thank you to all the parents who supported the children travelling large distances, both in terms of transporting them, and being very vocal on the touchline!

Frank coaches at Abbeydale Sports Club (as does Phil Butler who is currently working with Y5 and Y6 children), where Sheffield Hockey Club play.  They are always on the lookout for keen new players!