LHS are National Hockey Finals Runners up! 11.05.15

U13 National Hockey Finals 2015

The U13 Loughborough High School Hockey team competed in the National Hockey Finals on Friday 8 May 2015. Loughborough went into the tournament as County and Regional winners; a massive achievement and real credit to the school. We knew it was going to be an extremely tough day, but as a team we were prepared and ready for the challenge. The first game against St. Faiths School was a wonderful way to start any tournament; extremely tough and exciting from start to finish, with Amelia Bahl making some fantastic saves in the goal. It was end to end with both teams having their chances, then on the final whistle Imogen Hatton scored from an outstanding short corner straight strike. The second game against Cheadle Hulme was another testing battle. Midway through the game Loughborough had a lull, allowing the opposition to put two goals past them. As always, they came back fighting and won the match 4-2, with our captain, Charly Archer scoring a hat trick. The third game against St Georges College, Weybridge, was fantastic. Yet again more obstacles were put in Loughborough’s way but through sheer grit, determination and outstanding team play we won 3-2, with Olivia Hackney scoring two crucial goals. Our final group game against Kings Hall was a must win to make the final. With the pressure on, Loughborough took this in their stride and went from strength to strength winning 4-1. Loughborough High School made the final through winning their group. The final was against Danes Hill School, who had also topped their group, so we knew we had our work cut out. Going into this tournament we knew it would take an exceptional school to beat us, and that was Danes Hill School. Loughborough did everything they could and never gave up, but Danes Hill School were the better team and unfortunately Loughborough High School took a silver medal through a 5-1 defeat. For Loughborough High School to achieve the status as the second best team in this country is fully deserved and utterly outstanding. They are an incredible group of young people; they have the perfect attitude, they will never give up and they have worked so hard for the past two years to get to where they are. Every member of the team has played their part for this success. I could not be more proud of what they have achieved and who they are as a team.