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Trent will be hoping that lightning strikes twice when they do battle for the National Boys’ Under 16 Indoor Schools’ Hockey title at Whitgift School this week (13-14 January).
Two years ago our U16s were crowned National Champions at the same venue in South Croydon, meaning the team held both the indoor and outdoor U16 titles at the same time. Having qualified for this year’s finals courtesy of finishing runners-up at the Midlands finals last month they will want to show again that they can compete with the nation’s best at Whitgift.
Trent College’s attack is spearheaded by Carl Prier, who scored five goals at the regional finals, while the team also includes Captain Adam Bashir, a member of the Mercia Lynx Futures Cup 2016 squad, which forms part of England Hockey’s player pathway system.
Mark Wadsley, Trent College Head of Hockey, said: “The team performed well at the regional finals and are really looking forward to the challenge at the Nationals. Some of these boys played in the outdoor finals as U14s two seasons ago and so are aware of the high level of play they will encounter.”
The U16 boys are the first of three Trent College teams that will definitely fight it out for National Hockey honours this term, with the girls’ U14 and U18 outdoor sides travelling to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at Olympic Park for the 2017 Investec National Schools Championships for Girls Finals at the end of February and start of March respectively. The U14 girls qualified for the Nationals as Midlands regional champions.
They could still be joined by the U16 girls, who face a play-off against Ripon Grammar School early next month to decide if they also qualify for their Nationals. If the girls are successful in making it through, it will be the first time that all three Trent College girls' teams have qualified for the National Schools hockey finals in the same year.