Team take title for first time in College’s history
Princethorpe’s U16 Boys’ Hockey team have been crowned County Indoor Champions for the first time in College history. The battle for the title took place at Warwick School with a squad of ten giving coach Mr Colin Dexter plenty of opportunity for rotating players. Indoor hockey is fast and furious; a twelve minute half with only five players on the pitch at a time makes it as much about strategy as strength and skill.
Just two Year 11 players headed up the team: Sam Doherty and Jack Hobbs, with the majority of the Princethorpe side reliant upon younger talent from Years 9 and 10.In no way did this detract from the quality of this go-getting squad.
The first game saw superb leadership from Captain centre – mid Luke Armstrong. Working alongside the formidable striker Oscar Kay proved too much for Bablake who went down in a thrilling 1-0 victory to Princethorpe. Both boys have high hopes of representing their country in the future and the might of their talent bore testament to this becoming a reality.
Against Warwick School the stakes were much higher with points meaning everything. A desperate Warwick played tactically pulling out their goalie and replacing him with a fifth player on the field. Their risk played into Princethorpe’s hands with Armstrong putting away a sensational penalty corner to take the lead to an impressive 4-3 final score.
Mr Dexter’s jubilant face when the whistle blew spoke volumes; this victory meant a great deal to everyone concerned.
With all eyes now set on the regional finals to be held in Wolverhampton on Sunday, November 30 it’s back to training to establish a plan to tackle the next level of exciting indoor play.
Pictured: Will Hedderwick, Luke Armstrong, Oscar Kay, Matt Rush, Joe Rees, Matt Nobes, Tom Carter, Sam Doherty, Jack Hobbs, (Mikey Redmile not pictured).