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Everywhere you look around Trent College at the moment there seems to be smiling hockey players - that comes as no great surprise when you discover the successes our teams and players are currently enjoying.
The Under 18s boys, after finishing runners-up at the Midlands Indoor Finals played at Lilleshall in December, qualified for the National Indoor Finals, staged at Whitgift School in Croydon last month. Here they only narrowly missed out on a semi-final place and they should be proud of their achievements in finishing in the top six in the country. There were a few highlights from that event but arguably the stand out moment was captain, Matt Shuttleworth, scoring all five goals in a 5-2 win over Rossall Grammar from Lancashire. The team spirit throughout the whole weekend was also really pleasing.
Meanwhile, our newly-crowned Derbyshire Under 14 boys champions will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the U14 Girls’ team as they have progressed through to the Zone round of the Midlands Championship, when they will compete for a place in the Midlands finals.
Mr Wadsley added: “It was great for the Under 14 boys to turn the tables by beating Repton in the final of this year’s Derbyshire County Championships after Trent College finished runners-up to Repton last year. A Sam Apoola goal was enough to split the teams and now the boys are looking forward to trying to make their mark at the Regional Finals.
The boys’ achievement means Trent College are impressively now Derbyshire County Champions in both the Under 14 girls and boys categories.
The Under 14 girls are ready to stake their claim to be crowned champions of England as the reigning Midlands Regional champions prepare to do battle at the Finals of the Man National Schools Championships for Girls at Cannock Hockey Club on 29th February.
Whatever happens at the Nationals, the Under 14 girls have already had a simply outstanding season. They were unbeaten throughout the entire Midlands regional competition, totalling 11 games, including beating Malvern College 2-0 in the final.
Mr Wood said “there have been many excellent performances, with joint captains Charlotte Gale and Sophie Byrne providing the driving force in midfield, the defence being well marshalled by Louise Hannah and the striking threat of Paige Gillott, Hattie Pickering, Hattie Evans, Pip Ryder and Emilia Larkin keeping opposition defences on their toes. We are looking forward to seeing what the rest of country has to offer at Cannock later this month”.
It is not only our teams that are enjoying success. Yiannos Kosakis is part of the Midlands U15 squad, Olivia Hopkisson is attending the England U15 Training Camp and there have been England Under 18 call ups for Sixth Form duo Chris Proctor and Kim Leiper.
It is no wonder the school’s hockey fraternity look so pleased with themselves! Our pupils’ success is due in no small part to the expertise and experience of our hockey head coaches. Head of Boys’ Hockey, Mark Wadsley, plays for Beeston Men’s 1st XI, is a much-capped England age-group international and represented England A, and is also assistant coach of Beeston Women’s 1st XI while Head of Girls’ Hockey, Steve Wood, was also capped to England Under 21 level and now coaches at Beeston HC.
Both have played in the European Hockey League (E.H.L.) over the last 3 seasons and this has allowed them to develop several links with top European sides. A recent 1st XI girls' tour to Cologne and an upcoming boys' 1st XI tour to Barcelona during half term will see them play against a number of prestigious European club junior sides.
For the full match reports on the recent boys' events please follow the links below: