Grange teams celebrate titles

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The boys’ U13s and U11 hockey teams at Bilton Grange have scooped a number of prestigious titles in hockey tournaments across the country in a very successful season.

The U13s captured the Warwickshire title for the fourth successive year, defeating King Edward’s Birmingham 2-0 in the final. Grange had won all three of their group games, scoring 10 and conceding just one goal and beat Bablake in the semi-final.

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The U13s were also National Semi Finalists at IAPS tournament at Millfield School, only losing in sudden death penalty strokes to Bromsgrove School, with the eventual score line 5-6.

The boys also successfully retained the Midlands title, and become one of 10 schools across the country to qualify for the National Finals, to take place at Cannock Hockey Club on May 11.

And underlining their quality this season, they were also indoor winners at prestigious Gresham’s School Festival, beating St Faith’s, Cambridge to clinch the title.

Milo Lakin, who has recently been awarded a Sports Scholarship to Millfield, was awarded the honour of Player of the Festival.

n The U11 boys were national runners up in IAPS tournament at Wellington College, Berkshire, following a fine performance at the regional qualifiers.

They saw off opposition from across the country to meet Lambrook in the semi-finals. Noah Martle built on his superb performance throughout the tournament, scoring in the first minute of golden goal time.

The final saw the team defeated by Felsted School.

The U11s also became county champions in the tournament at King Edward’s Birmingham.

A series of comfortable wins (against Solihull, Rokeby Primary, Blue Coat and Coughton), that saw not a single goal conceded, took the team to the semi finals against Solihull A. Good teamwork, including a great save from Ollie Park in goal took the boys into the final.

Against Warwick School, Noah Martle sparkled with two goals slotted past the strong keeper.

Following a busy weekend, which saw the boys winning the County title on the Friday, becoming runners up at the prestigious indoor hockey tournament at Greshams on the Sunday, the Colts A travelled to Cannock Hockey Club where they became Midlands Champions.

They conceded only one goal on their way to the semi-finals.

Meeting Warwick School once again, the boys eventually gained the upper hand, winning 2-0. The front line of Angus Robinson, Mathew Nobes and Noah Martle once again dazzled the opposition.

Peter Kirk, Headmaster of Bilton Grange, said: “Our sports teams have had exceptional seasons this term, and I am thrilled that all their hard work has paid off with these remarkable sporting achievements. Well done to all involved!”

RUGBY & EAST

WARWICKSHIRE

HOCKEY CLUB

n Rugby and East Warwickshire Hockey Club’s Under 12 girls’ team will be representing the Midlands in the National Championships in May. They are officially the second best team in the Midlands having finished as runners up to Beeston in a tight final which they lost only 1-0, the only goal they conceded all tournament.

The boys’ under 10s are also the second best team in the Midlands. They too played Beeston in the final took the lead and then outplayed the opposition before conceding an equaliser which meant the match was decided on penalty flicks which unfortunately they lost. Quite an experience for 8 and 9 year old boys - there is no National final for this age group.

Both the boys under 12 team and the girls under 10s team also played really well but were both one result short of progressing to the semis. Whilst they were extremely disappointed they need to remember that they are county champions and that it was an achievement to get to the Midlands’ round.

The club’s junior section close a great season as Warwickshire champions in all four age groups and the second best team in the Midlands in two categories.

REWHC Ladies 1st XI 2

Stratford 4

Rugby Ladies First XI played well in their last game of the season against Stratford who were lying second in the league, seven places above them.

There was early disappointment having lost midfield terrier Sarah Naylor to sickness that morning but fortunately Megan Pen is now comfortable moving inside and filled in expertly.

However, despite another strong performance from goalkeeper Emma Olifant and sweeper Jo Watling, Stratford were allowed to kick in their first goal and Rugby eventually went in 2-0 down at half time. The second half saw a total of four goals as continued Rugby pressure was finally rewarded as Evie Baker pushed the ball in from close range.

Strong home support for Stratford was rewarded with two more goals to them before a well worked short corner routine between Belinda Stephens and Lara Naylor was finished superbly by Nikki Springett. With the score at 4-2 to Stratford, Captain Maddy Thomas put her body on the line and dived bravely to put the ball into the back of her own net, which was fortunately disallowed due to a Stratford foul spotted by ‘eagle-eyed’ umpire Guy Murphy.

The team would like to thank Maddy and Megan for their hard work during what has a been a difficult season with changing club priorities.

Atherstone Ladies 1st 7

REWHC Ladies 3rd 0

The last game of the season proved to be a challenging one. Atherstone came out and dominated the first half of the game scoring six goals. However, Rugby played some good forward passing. Second half Rugby defended brilliantly only letting in one goal. They had some shots on goal, but were unlucky. Player of the match was Milly Olifent.

REWHC 2nds 0

Cov City and Uni 2nd XI 1

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Rugby had an early start to their last game of the season, and looked half asleep as Cov slipped a shot past young keeper, Evie Lowe who acquitted herself well throughout the match. Katie W and Becky R worked tirelessly in midfield to try to create an equaliser, but somehow this just wasn’t going to be Rugby’s day. Becky took the honours of man of the match and Katie, Barbie. The ladies second team will end up mid-table, a satisfactory position for a developing club. Thank you ladies for making the season so much fun and supporting the club so well.