The Under 11 boys’ hockey team travelled to Repton School, Derbyshire at the beginning of the week to compete in the finals of the IAPS National Hockey Championships. Glorious, sunny weather welcomed the team to the school and the boys were itching to get out and play some hockey.
Experience has shown that it is not always the team that starts the best that ends up as winners so we were looking for a steady upward curve through each match. Therefore there was a bit of apprehension when a 6 - 0 victory was recorded in the first game, with the team playing some beautiful, fluid hockey. The ups and downs followed in the next few games as the boys did not quite reach the same heights as they had in their first game. However the results were comfortable enough (3 - 0; 2 - 0; 2 - 0) and the team reached the quarter-finals as the first placed team in their group.
After lunch the team headed into the afternoon knowing that each game could now be their last. A 4 -1 quarter final win sounds easy but there were a few nervous moments where the boys were under pressure before scoring three quick goals to put the match beyond doubt. The matches were getting tougher and a goal was conceded in the semi-final but showing a resilience and calmness the boys pulled it back and won through to the final with a 3 - 1 win.
Dean Close, the boys’ opponents in the regional finals the previous week, were once again their opponents in the final; it was just as tough an encounter. In a game of very few chances KPS managed to score from a short corner, showing real grit, determination and aggression to stop them from playing and scored a wonderful breakaway goal with the last touch of the game to settle it.
A heartfelt thank you to all the parents who came to help and support. Thank you also to Repton School for being such wonderful hosts. However the final thanks has to go to the boys who gave their all, showing unbelievable team spirit as well as a quality of hockey that reflected what hard work and commitment can achieve if everyone believes in each other.