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Another National Final for Dean Close

Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012

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For an unprecedented eighth time in five years, a Dean Close hockey team has qualified for the National Finals.

Earlier this season, the U16 boys’ team won the county championships and the zone round to gain a place at the West of England finals last week.  They played five games beating Taunton School 2-1 in the semi final to meet Millfield in the final.  The final score was 2-2 which led to sudden death penalty flicks where Millfield won 7-6, a team they had already beaten earlier in the year.

That meant the team had to travel to Essex for a ‘winner-takes-all’ playoff against Saffron Waldron High School.  In a dominant performance the team won 6-1 with Lloyd Evans scoring a hat-trick.

The Dean Close U16 boys’ hockey team now goes on to take part in the National Finals on 25-26 April at Cannock Hockey Club.  It is the same team that lost the U14 National title on penalty flicks in 2011.

Director of Sport, Rhys Gwilliam, said: “It has been a long journey for the boys to get to this stage, putting in a huge amount of time, effort and dedication. The level of talent within this squad equals that of the team who won the National Title in 2009.  There is no reason why these  boys cannot do the same.” 

This qualification comes on the back of a fantastic season for the U16 girls who won the West of England Championships and came 9th in the National Finals in what is the biggest and most prestigious schools netball tournament in the country.


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