Awesome foursome to fly The Perse School flag at national finals
Another successful year on the hockey pitches
Play-off success for The Perse School under-14 and under-16 boys’ hockey teams mean they will be competing at the national finals.
And in what is an unprecedented achievement for the school, it means they will have four teams at the event after earlier qualification for the boys’ and girls’ under-13 teams.
The under-16s booked their spot with a 6-0 win over Neston High School, with Henry Howarth getting two goals and Ben Cross, Felix Wigdahl, George Doel and captain James Pitchford getting one apiece.
The under-14s earned their spot by bouncing back from a goal down to beat Hall Cross Academy 7-1, thanks to a hat-trick from Alex Maynard, two from Ben Carey and one apiece from Olly Traherne and Moritz Sirringhaus.
Ravi Mahendra, the under-14s’ coach, said: “The boys stuck with it after going behind at the start of the game and played some very good hockey.
“Hall Cross were a good side, but we played with pace and power, which is a massive asset in our team, and scored some really good goals.
“The depth of the squad is also strong. Two Year 8 pupils came in and they fitted in really well.
“This group got to the finals of the under-13 competition last year, so to replicate that in back-to-back years is a massive achievement.”
The under-14s finals day will be at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in Stratford on April 23, the under-16s on April 24 and 25, and the under-13 sides will compete in the England Hockey In2Hockey schools finals at Nottingham on May 11.
Jon Peckett, the Perse head of hockey, said: “We are delighted to have qualified for the nationals with the under-13 boys’ and girls’ and under-14 and under-16 boys’ teams.
“The players and staff have shown great dedication to the hockey programme over a series of seasons and have performed successfully throughout the tournament days.
“Hockey is well supported at the school and we are very happy with the opportunity for participation and high level performance that the sport provides in the games, extra-curricular and touring schedule.
“We will now look to prepare for the finals at the Olympic Park and Beeston HC, so we can aim to fulfil our potential at the pinnacle of these national competitions.”
Perse director of sport Glenn Kirkham was also full of praise for the achievement.
“It’s been an excellent year for the school’s hockey programme with such consistency through the age groups across both girls’ and boys’ hockey,” he said.
“Qualification for the national finals for four of our teams is a great reward for the commitment and time invested by a large number of pupils and staff.
“The opportunity to compete against the best in the country will be an exciting challenge that I’m sure our teams will relish.”