Good results on return to IAPS hockey tournament - Hurstpierpoint College

Good results on return to IAPS hockey tournament

The U13 hockey boys performed well on their return to the IAPS Regional Tournament held at Eastbourne College, coming through their group matches undefeated to make the quarter-finals.

In their first game of the group stage against Great Walstead, our boys took the lead through Henry F and were then on top for the entire match. They continued to push and a great cross from Henry L led to a second tap in for Henry F to take a 2-0 lead going into half time. A calamitous series of events early in the second half led to a tap from Aidan S being deflected into an empty goal for Hurst’s third and final goal of the game.

St Ronan’s were next up and following a barrage of short corners, Oscar M scored in the top corner. Confusion in the D somehow led to a second goal for Hurst towards the end of the first half for another 2-0 lead at half time. Early in the second half, a silky short corner routine lead to a roof-of-the-net finish for Oscar M’s second goal. This was swiftly followed by a tap in by Jack F to make it 4-0, who then scored again after a quick break for 5-0 to round off a great performance.

Vinehall were the final group stage opponents, and although our boys started on top, they failed to find a breakthrough in the early running, as a tight first half finished in a scoreless draw. The sides were separated by yet another goal-mouth scramble with Jack F poking the ball into the net to take another win.

Then it was into the cup quarter-finals, with a place in the national finals at stake. The boys fought hard, but it wasn’t to be as a very good Hoe Bridge side took the win 2-0.

Overall it was a great day and a valuable learning experience which will help these boys in their future hockey careers at Hurst Ben Dewey, Head of Boy’s Sport (Prep)