Perse School reach national hockey finals

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 December 2016

The Perse School hockey player Tess Howard. Picture: Adam Scott

The Perse School hockey player Tess Howard. Picture: Adam Scott

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Perse crowned East of England champions

The national finals beckon for Perse School under-18s girls’ hockey team after they were crowned East of England champions.

They started with a 2-0 win against Stamford High, with Tess Howard and Plum Thatcher on target.

That was followed by a 0-0 draw with Framlingham College, with captain Ellie Harrison earning praise for her performance.

The Perse then faced Kent College knowing a win would secure the East title, and it arrived thanks to a goal from Thatcher.

The result means that the Perse have only conceded three goals across the three rounds, and it is the first time that a girls’ under-18 hockey team from the Perse have progressed to the national stage.

“It was very tense. We all knew we had to win so everyone was feeling up for it, and we played our best hockey in the match,” said Howard.

“I was very proud of the whole team because everyone put in exactly what we needed, that work-rate, the passion you can see on all of our faces to win and to be able to get to the national finals, which has been the goal for us since the beginning of the season.”

Harrison added: “Going into the next term, we’re going to have to keep the training going and keep the intensity up.”

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