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Old Loughtonians hockey teams hope for national success

Old Loughts under-18 Old Loughts under-18

Thursday, December 19, 2013
7:30 PM

Old Loughtonians under-18 girls have progressed to the EHB National Finals after going undefeated at the East Indoor Championships at Essex University on Saturday.

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The Chigwell-based side started the competition superbly with a massive 7-2 win over eventual runners-up Ipswich.

A quick brace from Alice Wills and further goals from Emily Holmes and Hannah Bloy gave them a 4-1 lead at half time.

And Holmes and Bloy struck again in the second half, before a fine finish from Ali Dunning put the icing on the cake.

Comfortable

Holmes, Wills, Dunning and Bloy were all on the scoresheet again against Sevenoaks in a comfortable 6-1 win.

Coach Paul Holmes couldn’t have been more proud of the girls.

He said: “The game against Ipswich was the one we thought would be the hardest, so to win that 7-2 was a brilliant start.

“The performances from the girls were fantastic and you can see the evolution of the team having come through different age groups.

“Teams throughout the club have had some fantastic results and we’re hoping to replicate them next month.”

Absolute rout

An absolute rout of Bishop’s Stortford saw Dunning convert two short corners, Wills dribble round the whole team, Bloy bag a hat-trick and Holmes surpass it all with five, as they kept a clean sheet to win 11-0.

A point against old rivals Harleston Magpies would have been enough but Wills, Bloy and a Holmes hat-trick were matched by fine saves from Abi Ashford to give them a 5-1 victory.

The coach thinks they’ve got a great chance of victory in the national finals, but knows the competition will be tough.

“It’s tough every year – the same teams are always there, and we’re expecting the likes of Beeston to be our main challengers. It all depends on how you perform on the day. We’re confident we can get to the semi-finals, then it becomes a bit of a lottery.”

Finals

The National Finals will take place at Whitgift School, Croydon, on January 18-19.

Team: Abi Ashford, Chloe Menear, Lucia Corry, Lily Ghandi, Ali Dunning, Alice Wills, Hannah Bloy, Emily Holmes.

Meanwhile, Old Loughtonians under-18 boys’ indoor team won the East Indoor Championships at the weekend. Playing four games, the boys won them all.

They beat Bury St Edmonds 5-0, which they followed up with a 4-1 victory over Harleston Magpies.

Letchworth were dispatched 9-3 and the City of Peterborough were beaten 4-2 to clinch the trophy.

Also on Saturday the club’s Mini Hockey Section took part in the last training session of 2013.

They all joined in with the Festive Fun, dressing as Santa, Elves and even a Christmas pudding. With prizes for the best outfits and plenty of sweets and chocolates supplied, they all had a great time.

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