Oscar Butcher the star as Old Buckenham retain county hockey title at Framlingham
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The Old Buckenham Hall prep school under 13 boys’ hockey retained the U13 Suffolk County Championship for the second year running at Framlingham College.
Their first game versus Ipswich School was a 0-0 draw in a fast paced, end to end battle.
Their next match, against Orwell Park, again was a challenging game with OBH retaining the ball and finally winning 4-2.
The boys’ final group game was against Woodbridge, which was played with some clinical hockey with a final score of 8-0.
The results of this group stage sent Old Buckenham Hall (OBH) to the semi-final against Brandeston where OBH continued to play fast-paced and attractive hockey putting the game out of Brandeston’s reach within the first ten minutes of the game and went on to win 4-1.
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OBH then faced Ipswich School again in the final.
Ipswich had the early pressure, however the OBH defence was solid and their midfield and forwards worked hard throughout.
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At half time the score was 1-0 after a fantastic short corner goal from Oscar Butcher.
The second half was tight with both sides playing some of the best hockey of the tournament but OBH scored quickly in the second half to effectively put the game to bed with a final score of 2-0.
Butcher was named Player of the Tournament for his superb skills and all-round tenacious attitude.
Andrew Bedwell, team coach, said it was a fantastic team performance by all the boys who worked well together to retain their title from last year.
The team will now enter regional tournament, which will be played at Redbridge School on March 5.