HOCKEY: Juniors represent Warwickshire

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Rugby & East Warwickshire teams were flying the flag for the county in the Midlands tournament last week

Rugby & East Warwickshire HC Girls one of the best sides in the Midlands

Sponsored by Webb Ellis

The Under 12 girls were outstanding un beaten all day representing Warwickshire in the midlands round. In normal playing time they won 5 games and drew one to take them through to the semi finals conceding only one goal on their way. This set up a clash with Beeston and after possibly what was the game of the tournament neither team could break the deadlock. The dreaded penalty shoot out followed and unfortunately the Rugby girls just missed out by the one penalty. All 9 girls in the squad deserve a special mention Isobel Bower showed why she is tipped to be a top defender with outstanding tackling and vision in ball distribution.

Sarah Francis in goal only concede one all day and made some fine penalty save at the end. Ella Bromley dominated the midfield and ran all day scoring several goals. Jess MaGhee rose to the step up in level and worked tirelessly. Emma Allan despite not getting many chances worked hard when the opportunities opened up for her. Pippa Reeve battled away in midfield creating many of the attacking moves. Charlotte Franklin kept calm and in control at the back making many telling clearances that launched attacks.

Anastasia De Clemont led the front line chalking up several goals. Hannah Swaby was the thorn in many of the oppositions side with a never ending engine and amazing close stick ball controls.

This leaves the Rugby girl’s side as one off the top 4 in the midlands an achievement to be proud off by all and a bright future for ladies hockey in Rugby

Midlands Under 12 Minis

Rugby & East Warwickshire boys represented the county in the Midlands Finals at Cannock on Sunday

In the first game against Kings Heath after a nervous start they soon began to dominate in midfield with Daniel Heathcote and Andrew Walker interchanging and passing well to set up Will Sturock to open his scoring for the day with strong tackling from Simon Allan at the end kept Kings Heath out without troubling Christian in goal.

Next up was a strong Northampton side but after a blistering shot from walker Rugby soon got into their stride and with great vision and passing from Oli Taylor and Heathcote Charlie Green rounded the keeper to open his account. The third soon followed from walker weaving his way into the D and calmly slotting the ball across the keeper.

Ludlow were the next opponents and after a slow start Rugby soon found themselves one down after some erratic defending. This was the wake up call that was needed and once again Walker and Heathcote began to dominate the midfield. A defence splitting ball from Heathcote put Sturrock through on goal to grab the equaliser. Super Sub Joshua Dixon then came on and began to run rings round the defence but despite his efforts Rugby couldn’t find that elusive winner

Rugby knew that their next opponents Cannock would be a very stiff test and really rose to the occasion. Green got them of to a dream start with some great stick skills to open the scoring. This spurred them on and to a man they all upped their game strong Tackling from Tom Owen, Allan and Taylor in defence kept the hosts out before Green grabbed his second. Cannock then began to exert a bit of pressure on the Rugby defence Starkie made some fine saves before Cannock scrambled a late consolation.

Exhausted from their last game Rugby were straight back on against Burton but soon found themselves 2 down despite the efforts of Starkie in goal. Sturrock made so penetrating runs in attack and pin point passing from Heatcote nearly set up Dixon all but for an outstanding save from the keeper to deny him his opener.

Beeston probably started the day as joint tournament favourites as soon showed why as they very quickly opened the scoring with a goal that their senior men’s team would have be proud to score in the National League. Rugby found themselves having to defend deep and strong; Allan and Taylor had a huge task to contain them but rose to the challenge with Allan making some outstanding tackles, setting up some good counter attacking hockey with a couple of good chances falling to Green and Walker who couldn’t quite find that touch of magic to get the equaliser. Starkie then pulled of several top class saves to keep the score to 1 – 0

This then meant that Rugby didn’t progress into the semis but it did mean that the only 2 sides to beat them were the eventual two finalists an achievement that all involved with the side should be very proud off.

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In the Under 10 boys a very young Rugby side found themselves up against some strong opposition but despite this they battled hard and never gave up. Notable performances came from Adam Hewitt in defence and Theo Ollifent in goal with Joshua Tarling grabbing the Rugby Goal. They eventually ended up losing 3 and winning one

Thanks must go to Webb Ellis for sponsoring all the teams with new kit

Rugby & East Warwickshire HC Girls one of the best sides in the Midlands

Sponsored by Webb Ellis

The Under 12 girls were outstanding un beaten all day representing Warwickshire in the midlands round. In normal playing time they won 5 games and drew one to take them through to the semi finals conceding only one goal on their way. This set up a clash with Beeston and after possibly what was the game of the tournament neither team could break the deadlock. The dreaded penalty shoot out followed and unfortunately the Rugby girls just missed out by the one penalty. All 9 girls in the squad deserve a special mention Isobel Bower showed why she is tipped to be a top defender with outstanding tackling and vision in ball distribution.

Sarah Francis in goal only concede one all day and made some fine penalty save at the end. Ella Bromley dominated the midfield and ran all day scoring several goals. Jess MaGhee rose to the step up in level and worked tirelessly. Emma Allan despite not getting many chances worked hard when the opportunities opened up for her. Pippa Reeve battled away in midfield creating many of the attacking moves. Charlotte Franklin kept calm and in control at the back making many telling clearances that launched attacks.

Anastasia De Clemont led the front line chalking up several goals. Hannah Swaby was the thorn in many of the oppositions side with a never ending engine and amazing close stick ball controls.

This leaves the Rugby girl’s side as one off the top 4 in the midlands an achievement to be proud off by all and a bright future for ladies hockey in Rugby

Midlands Under 12 Minis

Rugby & East Warwickshire boys represented the county in the Midlands Finals at Cannock on Sunday

In the first game against Kings Heath after a nervous start they soon began to dominate in midfield with Daniel Heathcote and Andrew Walker interchanging and passing well to set up Will Sturock to open his scoring for the day with strong tackling from Simon Allan at the end kept Kings Heath out without troubling Christian in goal.

Next up was a strong Northampton side but after a blistering shot from walker Rugby soon got into their stride and with great vision and passing from Oli Taylor and Heathcote Charlie Green rounded the keeper to open his account. The third soon followed from walker weaving his way into the D and calmly slotting the ball across the keeper.

Ludlow were the next opponents and after a slow start Rugby soon found themselves one down after some erratic defending. This was the wake up call that was needed and once again Walker and Heathcote began to dominate the midfield. A defence splitting ball from Heathcote put Sturrock through on goal to grab the equaliser. Super Sub Joshua Dixon then came on and began to run rings round the defence but despite his efforts Rugby couldn’t find that elusive winner

Rugby knew that their next opponents Cannock would be a very stiff test and really rose to the occasion. Green got them of to a dream start with some great stick skills to open the scoring. This spurred them on and to a man they all upped their game strong Tackling from Tom Owen, Allan and Taylor in defence kept the hosts out before Green grabbed his second. Cannock then began to exert a bit of pressure on the Rugby defence Starkie made some fine saves before Cannock scrambled a late consolation.

Exhausted from their last game Rugby were straight back on against Burton but soon found themselves 2 down despite the efforts of Starkie in goal. Sturrock made so penetrating runs in attack and pin point passing from Heatcote nearly set up Dixon all but for an outstanding save from the keeper to deny him his opener.

Beeston probably started the day as joint tournament favourites as soon showed why as they very quickly opened the scoring with a goal that their senior men’s team would have be proud to score in the National League. Rugby found themselves having to defend deep and strong; Allan and Taylor had a huge task to contain them but rose to the challenge with Allan making some outstanding tackles, setting up some good counter attacking hockey with a couple of good chances falling to Green and Walker who couldn’t quite find that touch of magic to get the equaliser. Starkie then pulled of several top class saves to keep the score to 1 – 0

This then meant that Rugby didn’t progress into the semis but it did mean that the only 2 sides to beat them were the eventual two finalists an achievement that all involved with the side should be very proud off.

In the Under 10 boys a very young Rugby side found themselves up against some strong opposition but despite this they battled hard and never gave up. Notable performances came from Adam Hewitt in defence and Theo Ollifent in goal with Joshua Tarling grabbing the Rugby Goal. They eventually ended up losing 3 and winning one

Thanks must go to Webb Ellis for sponsoring all the teams with new kit