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13 April 2017

Five King's Hall boys in regional hockey team win

Five King’s Hall boys played for the Taunton Civil Service Hockey Club under 10 Hockey team that lifted the West Hockey Regional Championship trophy in the tournament which took place at Clifton College recently.

Having been part of the team that won the Somerset County Championship last month, Harvey Taylor, Thomas Rew, Eugene Louw, Harry Blanch and Ciaran McSwiggan went on to play in the team that represented the Club in the Regional Finals Day. They played six games in their group stage versus Cirencester, Clifton Robinsons, Marlborough, Plymouth Marjon, Truro and Weymouth, resulting in four wins and two draws. That gave them 14 points, putting them through to the semi-finals as group winners.

They then faced Penzance in the last four and, after conceding an early goal, they fought back for a comfortable 3-1 victory, easing into the final.

The final was against a very well trained side from Cheltenham Hockey Club, but the Taunton team showed why they were the only team not to lose any games en route to the final, both at the County Tournament and on Regional Finals day. Midway through the second half they scored the winning goal to win 1-0 and be crowned the 2017 Regional Champions. The outstanding achievement is that the majority of the players will still be within this age group next year.

For Thomas and Ciaran they were following in the footsteps of their elder brothers James Rew and Robbie McSwiggan, who won the same Regional Trophy three years ago with the Taunton Civil Service under 10 team.

Taunton Vale Hockey Club under 10s, for whom King’s Hall pupils Nicolas Du Toit and Cameron Wallace played, came third in their group, and narrowly missed qualifying for the final stages of the competition.

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