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International hockey success for Oakhamians

Published Monday 28th of September 2015 10:36:33 AM

Oakham’s hockey players have had an incredibly successful summer, boasting call-ups for national and international squads. Sixth Form hockey star Maddie Pearce has had a busy international summer playing in the 6 Nations Hockey tournament for England U16 in Breda, Germany. She has also been selected for Beeston HC 1st team, who play in the National Conference North League. Maddie is set to make her debut on Saturday against Ben Rhydding. Lucas Ward has also had a busy international summer playing in the 6 Nations tournament, where he was captain of the England U16 boys. Lucas has also been selected for the Great Britain U23 Development squad, a squad that has been picked in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Old Oakhamian Crista Cullen, who spent time coaching Oakham’s senior hockey squads on their tour in Belgium and Holland over the summer, recently came out of international retirement. She joins the full Great Britain squad in October as she hopes to be selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics More recent leavers have also had their fair share of success, with Paul Spies and Monty Jefferson signing for the world-renowned Rotterdam HC (who play in Holland’s top league) and Reading HC (who play in the National Premier League) respectively. Additionally, Caitlin Jeffries is currently playing for Clifton Ladies HC, who are hoping to win the National Premier League this year.
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