The Beeston U18 girls had a fantastic cup run, culminating in the National Plate final. Although losing to Repton in the first round of the cup, the girls took the Plate competition in their stride, playing some fantastic and exciting hockey throughout. The girls faced strong opposition in Bowdon and Oxford Hawks on their way to the final, with some outstanding team and individual efforts to secure a spot in the final. The final against Wimbledon further showcased the girls’ ability and togetherness as a team, drawing 1-1 in the game, and although losing out narrowly on sudden death penalty shuffles, the girls should be proud of their performances and efforts. Good luck to all of those players leaving us at the end of this season, we wish you the best of luck in whatever adventure awaits. For those with us next year, enjoy the summer period and bring on next season’s efforts for hopefully more cup success.
The U16 girls have enjoyed a stellar 2021/2022 season, remaining unbeaten in all of their games up to the National Cup Final. Following a gritty performance in their quarter final away in Leeds where they won the penalty shoot out after a 1-1 draw, a comfortable win against Marlow in a home semi-final saw the girls through to the National Final against Knole Park on 3 April at the Olympic Park, London.
Having thoroughly enjoyed their team meal the night before, the girls relished every minute of their time on Pitch 1 at Lee Valley Hockey Stadium. They put up a superb fight against a really strong Knole Park team and despite a 1-7 loss, the girls should be really proud of how they conducted themselves on the pitch. They gave everything and survived a succession of Knole Park penalty corners with assured defending and brilliant keeping from Evie. Everyone in the U16 girls squad has contributed to this season’s success collectively. A fair number of girls played in the cup team on its way to the National Final and it is testament to the strength and depth of the entire group that although 3 players from our semi-final team were not able to play in the final, the team rallied and took the game to Knole Park wholeheartedly.
The U14’s have had a great season, going from strength to strength throughout. Starting with an impressive first game in the cup against Sutton Coldfield coming from behind to progressing all the way through to the national cup to the final and experiencing the atmosphere of Lee Valley, definitely one to remember! The league was also very competitive and again the girls made their mark against some very tough opposition. They should all be proud of their achievements this year, the group of girls have been a pleasure to coach and I can’t wait to see what their hockey future holds.
The U12 Girls were victorious in both the county and regional In2Hockey competitions and will now represent the club at the England Hockey National U12 In2Hockey championships on the 7th May at Nottingham Hockey Centre.
The U12 Boys reached the Midlands stage of the In2Hockey Championships which were held at Nottingham Hockey Centre on Sunday 20th March.
Ten u10 girls competed in the Midlands tournament on the 3 April after winning all their games (conceding no goals) in the County Minis. The girls drew their first group game 1-1 and won all remaining group games conceding only three goals. This took them through to the Semis against Leicester where they won 1-0 and then onto the finals against Repton where they won 3-0! It was a fantastic performance by the whole team. The girls played some great team hockey throughout the afternoon and celebrated their success with their coaches on the day; Nat Hardwicke (Head Coach), Simon Downer and Dom Williams. Well done girls!
The U10 boys finished 9th, out of 16, in the Midlands Regional tournament held on Sunday 3rd April at the Nottingham Hockey centre. The competition was of a very high standard and the team finished 3rd , having the same points and goal difference as Lichfield, in the initial group stages of the tournament. In the play-off stages the boys showed resilience and played some amazing hockey to go unbeaten. It was an amazing day of hockey and thoroughly enjoyed by coaches, managers and spectators.