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It has been an impressive term of hockey with both the U16 and U14 girls’ teams being successful at their recent Midland Finals. The U16s finished second in the group stages which resulted in a semi-final against Repton. The team put in an impressive display and scored early through a fine short corner strike from Paige Gillott. After this, the girls defended well and Repton struggled to create any real chances. The 1-0 win put Trent into the final against Denstone. Although being beaten in the final, Trent now face a National Play Off game to try and qualify for the National Schools Championships in February. Details of this match will be made available when they are confirmed.
The following week it was the turn of the U14s and the girls played some great hockey through the group stages. A highlight being a fine 1-0 win against Repton to top the group. In the all-important semi-final Trent beat Denstone 2-1 to reach the final. At U14 level this year the two finalists automatically qualify for the National Schools Championships so we wish the team well next term.
Last weekend, the U16 Boys qualified for the Indoor National Finals after finishing Runners-Up in the Midlands round. The team played some great indoor hockey throughout the day and deserved their place in the final. Trent were eventually beaten by Bromsgrove in a pulsating final 4-2 however, they can take heart knowing they had already beaten them in the group stages. The Schools National Indoor Championships take place on January 10-11th 2014.
Head of Hockey Mark Wadsley:
“It is a great achievement for us to have reached two with the possibility of a third National Finals this term. The individual development has been the key and it has been a real pleasure to watch the improvement of many players through the season. Better individual performances have allowed both the U16 and U14 sides, who lost in the County Cup to Repton early in the term, to come back stronger and get a positive result when it really mattered. I would urge all our teams competing at National Finals to embrace the occasion and enjoy it!”