17 February 2016
Boys’ hockey 1st VII through to Nationals
The 1st VII recently attended the IAPS competition held at Millfield. There was a lot of confidence that we would do well, and just maybe, reach the Nationals. First, however, we had to qualify from our group which could quite easily be compared to England’s pool of death in the rugby World Cup. A 1-1 draw against Hazlegrove helped settle nerves. A 2-1 victory against a good Monkton Prep side, followed by a 2-0 victory against Sherborne, ensured our progression from the group. It could have been very different, had it not been for an outstanding save from Tom Daniel when the match was delicately balanced against Sherborne. A 2-1 loss against Clifton was disappointing but was irrelevant in terms of our progression into the next stage by then.
The next game, a must win, was against Thorngrove, a prep school from Berkshire. They were resilient and kept us at 0-0 throughout normal time and extra time. What happened next was what every English football fan dreads … penalties – penalty shuffles as they are known in this sport. Take a bow James Rew, Alex Cunningham, Tom Daniel and Joss Chippendale; it takes nerves of steel to do what they did – we won 2-0 thanks to their efforts. This victory ensured King’s Hall’s qualification for the Nationals.
The next two games saw King’s Hall play some of their best hockey of the season. They beat a strong Port Regis team to reach the day’s final. Sadly, the result of the final will say 2-1 to Millfield but those who watched, will know, on another day it could easily have been King’s Hall victorious. Their performances earned a lot of praise from coaches and parents. They were also outstanding ambassadors for King’s Hall. Well done, boys, and good luck at the Nationals!