All-conquering Cambridge City are crowned Boys' Under-12 Clubs In2 Hockey Finals 2019 national champions
Ian Smythe has heralded the performance of the Cambridge City Junior Hockey Club squad as they were crowned Boys’ Under-12 Clubs In2 Hockey Finals 2019 national champions.
They proved to be in unstoppable form throughout the tournament, not conceding a goal in five matches.
In Pool A, they opened up with a 1-0 win over Wimbledon, and that was followed by a 3-0 success over Bromsgrove.
Stockton were next to be despatched, 1-0, and they completed the group stages with a 1-0 victory over Taunton Vale, giving them a record of played four, won four, six goals for and against none, earning them a spot in the final.
They faced Old Georgians, who had also won four out of four, but City proved too strong, winning 3-0 with a controlled performance.
“It’s quite something to be a national champion at age 11 or 12, and this is what CCJHC under-12 boys’ hockey team have achieved together,” said City coach Smythe.
“Coaching this group of boys has been a fantastic experience, they are collectively brilliant and individually so talented.
“The hardest part was selecting the final 10 from a squad of 17, because those that weren’t at the tournament played such a big part in the victory by raising the level for everyone. This was truly a team effort from the children, parents and coaches.”
City won every game in the campaign, including the county championships, the East regionals and then at the national finals.
Smythe added: “A fabulous effort from worthy champions.”
City manager Paul Denny-Gouldson said: “It is real testament to the junior club and the surrounding support network of schools and coaches that we are able to compete at such a high level in junior hockey – many of our other junior teams in the club also made national finals this year.”