Four-some achievement as school prepares for national finals

Four Ipswich School hockey teams are taking part in the national final indoor competition next week.

Four Ipswich School hockey teams are taking part in the national final indoor competition next week. Head of Hockey and Girls Under 18 Coach Duncan Parnis, players Emma Fairhead, year 11, Sophie Sexton, year 11, Chris Head, year 11, Fran Tew, year 13, Tom Watson, year 13, and Head of Games and Under 18 Boys Coach David Hacker. - Credit: Archant

Four of Ipswich School’s hockey teams will be taking part in the National Indoor Finals this weekend.

The school is the only one in the region to have four teams at the tournament, and one of only two in the country to have that number of teams playing.

The under-18 girls won the East of England indoor title for the second year in a row and the under-16s finished as runners-up in their section.

The under-18 boys, meanwhile, won the East of England indoor title back, with the under-16 boys winning the East region championship for the second year in a row.

All four teams will play for their national titles – the boys at Whitgift School in Croydon and the girls, at Bromsgrove School, Worcester.

Two teams per region have qualified for the finals and play off in two pools of five with cross-over semi finals leading to the final to decide who will be national champions.

Head of Hockey, Duncan Parnis said: “This is the first time in the school’s history that we have qualified for all four national indoor finals, which is an outstanding achievement.”

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“All the teams have put in a great deal of effort, and have continued to train hard to try and capitalise on our success at a national level.

“I would like to thank all the players and coaches for all they have achieved so far, and would like thank all the parents for their support.”

GIRLS’ u-16s POOL B

Worksop, Millfield, QE Cumbria, Cranleigh, Ipswich

GIRLS’ u-18s POOL B

Ipswich, St George’s, Dean Close, Bromsgrove, Rossall.

BOYS’ u-16 POOL B

Ipswich, Whitgift, Rossall, Millfield, Warwick

BOYS’ u-18s POOL D

Sir William Borlase, Millfield, Oakham, Wirral Grammar, Ipswich.

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