The U14 Girls’ Hockey squad travelled to Lee Valley National Hockey Stadium in London after winning the Regional Finals in November.
After some tough preparation matches, the squad started the tournament against Repton School. A good start by Dean Close with Connie , Lara and Lorna creating several chances.  Lorna then showed excellent skill and pace in a one versus one with the keeper and after a foul by the keeper Dean Close were awarded a penalty which Lorna converted. Repton came back strongly in the second half but Dean Close held out with Olivia and Connie  playing outstanding defence.
The second match for Dean Close was against The Perse School and a shaky start from Dean Close led to a goal from The Perse. Dean Close responded with wave after wave of attacks with Connie and Caitlin dominating midfield and Emma Howitt playing well in the forward line. Despite several good chances Dean Close lost the match 1-0. With Repton beating Epsom it meant all three sides were on 3 points going into the last match.
The match versus Epsom started at fast pace with both sides nearly scoring. Epsom managed to break through and score to take the lead. Dean Close took many chances as the game progressed and looked like they were going to score, but despite a powerful display by the whole squad Epsom won the game.
Director of Hockey, Gary Tredgett, said, “I am incredibly proud of the girls, they threw everything they had at trying to win. The girls played so well and very fine margins meant they just missed out on a place in the Final. They have had an amazing season and I am excited to see the team progress in future years.”