Successful Term of Hockey at Stamford School
The spring term has seen hockey at Stamford School flourish during the course of only 10 weeks. There has been team success coupled with individual sporting glory as well as agony and heartbreak in close encounters both in regional tournaments and on a strong inter-school circuit.
The flagship school team, the 1stXI has been a force majeure this term, led admirably by Joseph Chedd. Their playing record speaks for itself, having won 16 games out of 19. The 1stXI have reached the semi-finals of the HA U’18s Schools Plate and are due to play Millfield School in the coming weeks.
The 1stXI have not just had success in knockout tournaments, they have enjoyed comprehensive victories over local rivals, Uppingham, Oundle and Cambridge schools – The Leys and The Perse – on a strong inter-school circuit. Forward Jamie Richardson has been in a rich vein of form topping 30 goals; but Stamford are defensively strong too through Dodworth and Charlton and this has seen tight games turn in their favour. Tom Davies and Tom MacDonald have also been pivotal and industrious in midfield.
It would be an injustice to hockey at Stamford, if we just focussed on the trials and tribulations of the 1stXI. There has been significant hockey success throughout the age groups this term. A strong and gifted U’12s A team have produced some fantastic performances, winning 9-1 against both Warwick and Oakham Schools. The U’13s A team were again crowned Lincolnshire School’s Champions and represented the County at the East Finals, where they finished a credible 4th out of 6. Particular mention should be paid to Year 7s - J. Evison and E. Harper for finishing joint top scorers for Stamford at this Year 8 tournament.
Stamford School played host to the East Regional Finals at the U’14 age group at the end of February. The school’s U’14 A team, representing Lincolnshire, narrowly missed out on the national finals, finishing third having won 2 out of 4.
There has been hockey success in the middle school too, with the U’16s A team, representing Lincolnshire at the East Regional Finals. Captain Jules Brahmachari has had an exceptionally strong season for the team.
However, not only has there been team success, individuals have also flourished during the term. Particular mention should be paid to 1stXI Stamford School midfielder – Thomas MacDonald – who has been selected for the Swifts U’18s tour of Belgium and Holland. The Swifts tour selects the best U’18s hockey players from around England to tour Europe for a week during this season.
Former Great Britain and England hockey international and Head of Hockey, Jon Peckett said: ‘This has been a fantastic term of hockey; the effort, dedication and passion shown by the boys has translated to results on the pitch, which is extremely encouraging. Hockey is progressing very well here and I hope for even more success next year.”