Great Week for High School Hockey Stars
Stamford High School's hockey players have had a great week, with a First XV victory over Oakham, two strong appearances in regional tournaments and county selection for two students.
The First XI hockey squad reached the peak of their season as they held off Oakham to secure a 2-1 victory at home. The squad, captained outstandingly all season by Aimee Blay, are going from strength to strength and have demonstrated some excellent performances throughout the season.
The First XI also travelled to Bedford last week to represent Lincolnshire at the Regional Tournament, where they finished in sixth place. SHS were placed in a challenging group alongside Felsted, Sevenoaks and Bedford Modern, representing Essex, Kent and Bedfordshire respectively. Rachel Richardson, Aimee Blay and Vicky Salt used their experience to lead the younger players by example with some outstanding stick work on the pitch. The defensive back line of Louise Thomson, Katherine Gibbons, Jo Crombie and Connie Wallwork were solid as ever in denying some well-drilled teams the opportunity to convert their attack. The results were extremely close and the girls once again held themselves with great composure both on and off the pitch and were singled out by the tournament director for their grit, determination and sportsmanship throughout the day.
The Under 14 team also took part in their Regional Tournament, held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The girls had worked very hard for the day and the squad produced some fantastic hockey throughout the tournament against some strong opposition, including Greshams, Bedford Girls and Wymondham, to ultimately finish in a well-deserved fifth place.
To cap off a great week, two talented SHS students have progressed through a series of training sessions to be selected for the U16 Leicestershire County Hockey Squad. Charlie Spice and Issy Chandler, both in year 10, have been representing the school squad since they joined the High School in year 7 and have developed through the ranks to shine on the county stage. The girls competed in their first match for Leicestershire on Thursday evening in a match against a strong Loughborough side, which ended in a 0-0 draw. Charlie and Issy both commented on how thrilled and proud they were to receive the county call up. Next stop, England!