Huge congratulations to the Belper LHC U16 Girls who have qualified for the NATIONAL FINALS in London on the weekend of 28/29th March.
Today, Sunday, we had an early start and travelled to Buckingham for a 10.30am PB for the 1st game.
This was against Buckingham who had qualified for the Regional Finals by winning their group without conceding any goals.
Belper dominated from the start soon going 1-0 up and so disrupting Buckingham’s clear run, but unfortunately conceding a goal just before half time. With great determination and mental strength Belper however went on to win the game 4-2.
A close match against Lichfield then followed with end to end play, Belper scored a disallowed goal just before half time but showed themselves to be the stronger team by scoring a further decisive goal in the last 5 mins which resulted in a 1-0 win.
Despite tired legs the Belper girls then took on the confident Cheltenham girls who had also won both their matches. Cheltenham scored early from a well taken corner, but the girls kept their structure and game strategy which eventually brought a hard won goal. The final score was therefore a 1-1 draw.
Due to the strong match against Buckingham, this final result was enough for the Belper girls to win the Regional Final on goal difference.
Well done girls, for an impressive, determined and tireless team effort.
Special congratulations to Maddie Vaughan, an U13 player (!), who was top goal scorer with 4 goals and also to Emily Dale and Hannah Davey who scored 1 each.
Thanks to James Cozens for stepping in to coach the girls and a big thanks to all the parents who came down to support the all players.
Onwards to London!
To be held at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club on 28 & 29 March 2015.
The top team from each of the eight regional clusters in Tier 2 have qualified for the National Finals.
The eight teams have been placed into two pools of four (one from each region) and will play each other once, with two games on the Saturday and one Sunday morning. The teams finishing top & second in each pool will make the short journey to Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre to play in a Final & 3/4 Playoff.
The two pools can be seen below. Click on the relevant pool to view the results, schedule and standings from that pool.
Finals weekend playing schedule U16 Girls National Finals playing schedule
Pool C – Belper, Epsom, Surbiton, Wakefield
Pool D – Alderley Edge, Beeston, Reading, Wimbledon
The U16 Club finals will be a ticketed event, prices as follows:
Adult Day Ticket (in advance) – £4
U18s Day Ticket (in advance) – £2
Adult 2 Day Pass (in advance) – £6
U18s 2 Day Ticket (in Advance) – £3
Tickets will increase by £2 if bought on the day. Ticket also includes access to Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre on the Sunday for the Final matches. Information on how to buy advanced tickets will appear on the EH website shortly.