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Trent College have made school indoor hockey history after the U18 and U16 girls joined the U18 boys in booking their place in the National Indoor Finals next year.
The Under 18 girls followed the lead of their male counterparts to claim a National Finals spot by clinching their age-group Midlands Indoor Hockey crown for the first time in the school’s history at Aldersley Leisure Centre, Wolverhampton on Saturday (5 December), while the U16s also progressed through to the Nationals for the first time ever courtesy of finishing runners-up in their tournament.
The National Indoor Finals for Girls take place on at Bromsgrove School from Friday 15 - Sunday 17 January, the same weekend that the U18 boys will be battling for honours at their finals at Whitgift School in South Croydon after they claimed their regional crown the previous weekend.
The U18s had to win the regional title the hard way, having lost their opening game to Malvern 1-0 and then drawing 3-3 with Rugby. But after rallying to secure their semi-final spot by defeating Oakham, the Trent College girls then displayed awesome resilience and spirit to overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat Repton 3-2 before being crowned Midlands Champions with a 4-1 final victory over Wellingborough.
The boys, who include Great Britain U21 talent Josh Pavis - scorer of six Midlands Finals goals - in their ranks, will now go head-to-head against the nation’s best indoor school teams at the National Finals.
Captain Sam Apoola top scored with seven goals as the Long Eaton school secured five back-to-back victories before clinching a 2-1 final showdown victory over Derbyshire rivals Repton at the Midland Indoor Hockey Finals at Aldersley Leisure Centre, Wolverhampton.
But this is not a prospect that will faze the Trent College boys as many of the current U18s team were part of the U16s squad who won that age-group’s National Indoor Hockey title at the same venue in January this year, for the first time in the school's history. That victory meant the boys simultaneously held both outdoor and indoor Nationals Schools' titles, after the 11-a-side team had lifted the outdoor trophy in May 2014.
In total Trent College scored 21 goals in six games on their way to their latest Midlands Championship glory, conceding just six times in return. They topped their group with comfortable wins over Oakham, Redhill, Rugby and Denstone before finding yet another gear with fine performances in the semi-final against Worksop and the final against Repton.