Claires Court Senior Boys U14 hockey team are ISA National Hockey Champions after winning the National Hockey Tournament at Ballard School on Tuesday 12 February.
The tournament was in a 7 a-side format, and the group stage of the competition was incredibly competitive, with all three of Claires Court’s matches against Ballard School, Leighton Park School and St James Senior Boys’ School finishing 0-0.
The Claires Court team qualified for the cup, by finishing second in the group behind Ballard School who won both of their other matches. In the semi-final, the U14s played Meoncross School, and in another tight contest, the match again finished 0-0 after extra time. This led to a penalty shootout, with three players from each side involved. Claires Court boys Tom M and Tommy E were successful in their penalties, managing to conquer nerves in a very tense atmosphere to register a 2-1 win on penalties.
The final against Ballard School was again another close match, with the defence nullifying the threat of Ballard’s skillful forward. In the last two minutes, Claires Court won a short corner and Tom M beat the keeper to score what proved to be the winning goal.
Mark Turner, Claires Court Senior Boys Head of Sport, said:
“This was Claires Court Senior Boys first national title and the celebrations at the end by the team very much signified this!”
“On the same day at Ballard School, our U15 hockey team competed in the U16 ISA National Hockey Tournament and won the plate, a fine achievement considering the age differences. A very successful day for all involved!”