School earns national Hockey Success

EDGEBOROUGH School is celebrating following the success of their Boys’ Hockey team on a national level.

On Wednesday 21st March, we took our Boys’ U11 team to the IAPS Hockey National Finals held at Tonbridge School in Kent and had an afternoon to remember.

After manoeuvring through the group stages with relative ease, losing just one game in the process, the boys found themselves in the quarter finals and a guaranteed place in the top eight teams in the country. With a tricky tie versus Edinburgh’s Cargilfield Private School ahead, the Surrey schoolboys dug in and came out on top and were faced with a tough semi-final bout. 

Unfortunately the boys’ quest for a shot at the Championship came to an end in the semi-finals at the hands of Foremarke Hall; however there was still the third-place play-off to play for. After raising their spirits for one final push and pulling out all the stops, the U11s beat their opponents Kings College Cambridge to seal their place as the third best team in the country at their level and headed home with bronze medals around their neck.

Hockey and more importantly, the school’s success on a national stage, is going from strength to strength and Director of Sport, David Jones, was thrilled with the incredible achievements of the Year 6 group: “What makes this achievement more impressive still is that we are comparatively speaking a ‘small school’, with the current Year 6 boys only having eighteen boys in the year to pick from.

“This group have also qualified for The Independent Schools Football Association national finials and won the U11 Boys Indoor Hockey Tournament at Gresham’s.

“It is very rare that a group of pupils can perform at such a high standard across several sports. We are absolutely thrilled!”