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Hoe Bridge Crowned Double National IAPS Champions

Published Thursday 15th of May 2014 11:33:21 AM

Sport at Hoe Bridge School continues to go from strength to strength with two of our teams being crowned National Champions in two different sports during 2014.

In March, our U11 Boys Hockey team took part in the IAPS National Finals after qualifying from over 200 schools taking part in the Regional Competitions back in February.

In their opening game Hoe Bridge started the day in a positive manner securing a 1 - 0 victory against Bedford School and in the second game against a strong Stroud School saw them finish with a 0 - 0 draw. Hoe Bridge then faced The Elms School which they won 2 - 0 and with results from other group matches going in their favour, Hoe Bridge qualified 2nd in their group.

In the Cup quarter finals, they went faced Hazelgrove School which was a fiercely competitive match that looked to be decided by a Hazelgrove goal from a short corner. However, Hoe Bridge kept fighting and with two minutes remaining an equaliser restored hope. The game finished 1 - 1 and 5 minutes of extra was played in search of a deciding Golden Goal. Again the teams could not be separated and so onto Penalty Shuffles. With some outstanding saves from the Hoe Bridge keeper, Hoe Bridge eventually made it through into the Cup semi-finals.

In the semi-finals they met Cargilfield School from Edinburgh. In their most complete all round display of the day so far, Hoe Bridge progressed into the National Cup Final to face Foremarke Hall with a 2 - 0 win.

In the Final tiredness and nerves started to show. Foremarke Hall dominated the match but were kept at bay by a determined goalkeeper who made save after save. Again the match went to a period of 5 minutes of extra time and a deciding golden goal. Knowing they were so close to claiming a National title seemed to re-energise the team in extra time. The ball was fed from the back with Hoe Bridge driving at the Foremarke defenders before it was slipped into the circle and eventually smashed home from 5 yards out. A rightfully ecstatic team sprinted the length of the pitch to embrace their keeper as they realised their achievement in becoming National Champions.

The U11 Girls Netball team, not to be out done by the boys, have also just been crowned National IAPS Champions as well! Their exciting path to success also began in March, when 230 schools from across the country competed in their regional competitions. In the South East regional competition 64 schools competed, our girls played exceptionally well finishing 1st and qualifying for the National Finals.

The top 38 schools in the country competed in the National Finals. Although our girls began nervously, they played their 8 section games with grit and determination comfortably beating all the teams they played. Having won their section the girls moved on to the knock-out stages. They played The Study in the quarter finals and this was a tightly fought match but Hoe Bridge came out on top winning 8 - 5. In the semi-final they faced Twyford School where they continued to keep cool heads. They displayed excellent skill which gave them the edge and a 7 - 4 win.

In the Final match against Milton Keynes height was very much against Hoe Bridge. However, the girls continued to play with courage and passion, but at half-time they found themselves 1 - 5 down. With three key positional changes made, the girls went on to play with fortitude and purpose and their offensive game began to flow and they began to catch up with their opponents. With 20 seconds to go, Hoe Bridge scored the winning goal and they had completed an amazing fight back to win 6 - 5 and were crowned National Champions.

Graham Scott, the Director of Sport at Hoe Bridge said, �We would like to congratulate both the boys and the girls on what is an outstanding achievement - two number one Prep School teams in the UK at the same time! We are delighted with our success this term and these two teams simply reaching the national finals goes to show how much effort and determination the children have put in. To both be crowned National Champions in the same month is fantastic - they should be extremely proud of themselves.�

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