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U13s reach finals of National Hockey Championships

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.