Years 7 and 8 boys hockey
The Year 7 and 8 boys’ hockey teams at Harrogate Grammar School have enjoyed a successful season with the highlight being runners up in the Yorkshire U13 cup. There are several boys who have been playing at Harrogate Hockey Club for a few years who form the backbone of the teams but this has been complemented by a surge in interest across the two year groups.
The U12s and U13s both finished third in the North Yorkshire Mini Hockey Championships which was very creditable as it was their first real competition as school teams. The U13s also took part in the full Yorkshire U14 tournament to give them experience. They didn’t pass the group stages but it gave them valuable experience leading into the U13 championship. Their first match against QEGS was a hard fought 0-0 draw but they went on to beat Ashville 3-0, Kettlethorpe 2-0 and Pockilington 3-0 to go into the semi-finals as group runners up. Here they faced group winners, Doncaster Hall Cross. The game finished 2-2 with a penalty flick competition to decide. Jonty Colquoun, showing tremendous promise in his first season as a goal keeper stepped up to the mark with Thom Nash, Callum Halliday and Liam Terry slotting their goals.
The boys then faced QEGS again in the final but in their sixth game of the day they eventually ran out of steam and lost 0-2. However, it was a tremendous achievement to finish second in the whole of Yorkshire and will hopefully inspire them to keep playing, and others to take the game up as well.
The U12 season will culminate with an A and B fixture against local rivals Ashville. Thanks must go to parents Gary Nash, Martin Young and Richard Terry for helping at the various tournaments as coach and umpires and Mr McIntyre from HGS for managing the U13 team.
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