Bishop’s Stortford College – U16 Boys’ Indoor Hockey Team take Joint Third in National Finals

22 Feb 2018

Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Boys’ Indoor Hockey Team are the third best in the country.

Bishop’s Stortford College U16 Boys’ Indoor Hockey team secured joint third place following the U16 Indoor National Finals at Whitgift School on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th January.   This is the third time in three years the team have reached the National Finals.

In the group stage the College played four highly competitive matches; the South regional runners-up, Lingfield School (1-1); Midlands regional winners, Repton School (1-4); West regional winners Millfield School (4-1) and North regional runners-up, Egglescliffe School (4-3) which put them through to the semi-finals.

The College boys next faced their hardest challenge, playing the tournament favourites – and eventual winners – Whitgift School, who had not conceded a single goal throughout the competition.  The team played well and after 7 minutes the result was still 0-0, but eventually they were outplayed by Whitgift, who deservedly won 4-0.  Whitgift were overall winners of the tournament, with Dean Close in second place and Bishop’s Stortford College and Repton School in joint third.

Graham Brooks, U16 Indoor Hockey Coach said, “The boys should be proud of their achievements, coming joint third in the country in a challenging competition. They held their own against very strong sides containing national and regional players, and it was a pleasure to see how all the hard work they have put in since the summer really paid off.  We now look forward to the rest of the hockey season, including the Outdoor Nationals”.

This tournament follows the East Regional Finals on 7th January, where the U16 College team were runners up. In December, the team also played a number of matches against high level German sides on their tour to Hamburg. This is the second time the team have been ranked third nationally in a national finals competition, reaching the same position in the 2014 Outdoor National Hockey Finals.

Photo: U16 Boy’s Indoor National Team with Coach Graham Brooks