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Trent College are the new National Boys’ Under 16 Indoor Schools Hockey Champions, clinching the title for the first time in the school’s history last weekend (9-11 January).
Captain Josh Pavis and Victor Habel were on the scoresheet as the team edged a thrilling 2-1 final victory over Ipswich School at the Championship finals at Whitgift School in Croydon.
Underlining the school’s sporting strength in depth at all age-groups, the U16 boys were just one of three Trent College teams to have made their National Indoor 2014-15 hockey finals with the U18 girls also qualifying for the outdoor championships. With a number of regional finals to come this term, that number could still rise!
Ipswich took an early lead but from there Trent controlled proceedings and took their chances in the second half. Hotshot Pavis leveled the scores with a sensational finish from the baseline before Habel slotted home what would prove to be the decider. Ipswich fought hard for a late equaliser but Alex Bates held firm in goal.
Meanwhile, Sam Apoola’s outstanding display of 13 goals in five games couldn’t quite fire Trent College’s U18 boys to matching their U16 counterparts’ success.
Mr Wadsley added: “It was a fine performance from a team that overachieved throughout the weekend. Tom Hancock was excellent in goal and Sam Apoola’s performance was exceptional. They look forward to their outdoor campaign now.”
Despite some spirited performances, and scoring eight goals in four games, the girls couldn’t quite progress through the group stage and now turn their attention to the outdoor National Finals being held for the first time at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at Olympic Park on 24-25 February.