Ipswich Hockey under 12s reach national finals

Ipswich hockey under 12 team have quaified for the national finals
Back row: Tabitha Creed (g)k, Sa

Ipswich hockey under 12 team have quaified for the national finals Back row: Tabitha Creed (g)k, Sarah Hill manager, Ianthe Hill, Francesca Rogers, Fora Pitt, Ella Davey, Charlotte Dunwoody, Kat Blake (coach. Front row: Issy Wilson, Charlotte Cotterell, Megan Bureau, Sophie Page. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Hockey Club under 12 girls represented Suffolk in the East Regional tournament recently, and qualified for the national finals.

The team played five matches in their pool starting with a tough match against Essex champions Blue Hornets which was a tense 0-0 draw.

They then went from strength to strength winning their next four matches, 4-1, 3-0, 1-0 and 3-0 with goals from Francesca Rogers, Ianthe Hill and Issy Wilson among others.

This meant the girls topped their group and played in the semi-final against Cambridge City. This was a hard-fought game with both teams having chances.

However, Ipswich stood firm and grasped a late winner on the back post to seal their qualification into the National Finals.

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In the final to determine the East champions, tired legs meant they finished as runners up after a tough game with old rivals Blue Hornets, who also qualified for the finals.

Ipswich will now play in the U12 girls National Finals on the 9th May.

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It is a fantastic achievement for the team and club and, with the U10 girls also making it to regional finals, where they finished 5th in their pool, the future at the club looks very bright indeed.

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