Last Thursday and Friday the U13 boys' hockey team travelled to Nottingham for the National Hockey Finals having qualified 2nd in the south. This was a big challenge for the boys and they will have learnt a lot about themselves and their hockey over the course of the tournament.
They were unlucky to suffer a 3-1 defeat against Harrogate Grammar School in the first game and in the second game they lost 4-0 to eventual finalists Dean Close, although again the score line was not a fair reflection of the game. They played Ratcliffe College from Nottingham next and started to show what they were capable of. The game finished as a 2-2 draw but they were ahead for much of the game and gained much confidence which they took into the final group game. They completed the group games with a 2-0 victory over Felsted Prep school to finish 4th in the group and move into a play off for 7th and 8th place.
The opposition in this game was another local side, Trent College. Two excellent goals from Harry Croft-Baker put KES back in control before the opposition staged a comeback to draw level. A composed shot from Finn Coleman put the sode 3-2 ahead going into half-time. The second half was tighter but the boys held out to win 3-2 and finish in 7th place in the country. This is an outstanding achievement for the team and their coaches of which they can rightly be proud.