Jubilant Ipswich ladies win national cup
“THE perfect end to the perfect season.”Those were the words of jubilant Ipswich Hockey Club second team captain Kat Wrinch after she led her side to their first-ever national second team cup.
“THE perfect end to the perfect season.”
Those were the words of jubilant Ipswich Hockey Club second team captain Kat Wrinch after she led her side to their first-ever national second team cup.
Going into the game as underdogs, East Division One North champions Ipswich capped off a wonderful season to beat Midlands Premier Division outfit Leicester 4-0.
It was fitting that Ipswich should win this competition after it was their lobbying for the chance to compete in the national league that led to its creation in 2000.
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Further success in next year's Premier Division might well see them push once again for the chance to compete alongside the nations very best first teams.
Wrinch said: “Next season will show us whether we are ready or not, but one of the sides that were knocked out in the semi-finals of this cup finished third in the Premier League this year so that bodes well.”
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The final scoreline in the final does not reflect the tense affair that went right down to the wire. After both sides had started nervously on the bouncy water based pitch, Ipswich keeper and captain elect Claire Gould made a number of top class saves to keep her side level.
With Gould seemingly invincible, Leisa King gave the Suffolk side a half-time lead from a short corner before some stout defending after the break kept Ipswich in front. The final three goals didn't come until late on, Ipswich exploiting the gaps left at the back by Leicester's desperate attempts to draw level.
Hannah Tallent gobbled up a rebound, King added a second, before the retiring Amanda Little fittingly scored the fourth in her last game for the club.
Wrinch said: “Amanda has had injury problems for a few seasons now but has battled on when probably she shouldn't have done because of her love for the game. It was fitting for her to get the last goal and really was the culmination of a superb season.”