The Under 16’s, 15’s, 14’s and 13’s all claimed their titles by overcoming some of the finest opposition available in the county. The Under 11’s, too, reached the county final and were runners up to a strong St Bede’s squad. They nevertheless qualified for the regional finals and came a creditable third in their first appearance at this level.
The U16 team’s glory was particularly impressive as they did not concede a single game, finally beating East Sussex champions, Eastbourne College, to take the County championship and thereby retaining their title for the second year running. The U15's road to success was also without the taste of defeat; drawing just one fixture with Ardingly.
Hurst’s standard of play was certainly promising from the very beginning of the boys’ hockey season in January and, as the term continued, they rapidly built upon their earlier successes. Not only did four teams become county champions, the Senior School as a whole (fielding many C and D as well as A and B teams) finished the season having played 132 matches achieving a win/draw ratio of 56%.
“Our results this Spring” said Hurst’s Head of Hockey Chris Wilson “are a tribute to the hard work put in by all our squads and their coaches. The standard of hockey played has been raised in 2012, our first year as members of the South Independent Schools League, in which we have met exceptional out of county squads from schools such as Charterhouse, Tonbridge, Reeds and Epsom. In addition, the recent completion of Hurst’s second astroturf has enabled us to increase the frequency of our training sessions. Next year, I am confident that we will perform to an equally high, or higher, standard”.
23 May 2013