Joy for Brandeston Hall hockey team
Brandeston Hall’s under-13s won the In2Hockey National Schools Finals, last Friday, in Staffordshire.
The boys a tough group, but beat Princethorpe College, qualifiers from the Midlands 2-1, Kingswood School from the West 1-0, Magdalen College from the South 2-1 and Egglescliffe School from the North 9-0 to win their group and face the unbeaten Whitgift School, Croydon in the final.
Despite being challenged in defence, the Brandeston team looked in complete control of the final and ran out eventual winners 3-0 – a hockey feat last achieved by the school in when they won the IAPS National Title in 2002.
Headmaster, Martin Myers-Allen said, “This is another staggering result. I am not known for being short of things to say, but this left me speechless. I imagine many of these boys will feature significantly in county, regional and national teams as men in the years to come.
“Suffolk hockey has made its mark and can breed champions.”
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The boys were already East of England IAPS Hockey champions and East of England Schools’ Hockey champions and are coached by Tom Gregory who, in turn, is assisted by Jamie Kingstone.
Three hockey teams from Brandeston Hall reached the regional finals this year.
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The under-11 boys and under-13 girls - both county champions - and under-11 girls all achieved the feat.