Old Loughts youngsters show impressive indoor form to book trips to National finals
PUBLISHED: 09:59 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:59 21 December 2017
Old Loughtonians had double cause for celebration as their under-16 boys and under-18 girls qualified for the National Indoor finals at the weekend.
The Luxborough Lane club took a full 12-strong boys’ squad to their regional event, looking to retain the trophy won last season.
With some indoor training under their belts, Loughts took on Norwich City in their opening match, having drawn with them a year ago.
And they produced some impressive indoor hockey to run out emphatic 10-3 winners to get their campaign off to a superb start, with everybody playing their part in the success.
The second match was against Saffron Walden, who showed plenty of fight in the first half to hold Loughts to a 3-1 lead.
But following a stern team-talk during the half-time break, the Loughts youngsters upped the tempo after the restart and netted seven more goals to reach double digits for a second time and secure the East title in style and a place at the finals next month.
A spokesperson said: “Only letting in four goals in 80 minutes of indoor hockey is no mean feat and the attacking was clinical, scoring 20 goals on the day.”
Loughts: Barnery Tedder, Joseph Ahern, Freddie Britt, Sebastian Coupe, Max Garner, William Baldwin, Ben Wakeley, James Beardwell, AJ Ashaye, Luis Black, Matt Lewis, Zak Bowyer.
n The girls squad travelled to Aldenham School for their event, having gained some valuable experience at a tournament in Norwich a week earlier.
And they put in a strong display against a talented Harleston Magpies side in the first match, which ended in a 5-3 loss.
The second match saw Loughts face another experienced team in Canterbury, who forged into a 3-1 lead at the break, but Loughts managed to level after the restart and, after a frantic final few minutes, it ended all square.
That meant a tense wait for a favourable result in the last match, with Harleston beating Canterbury 14-1, and captain Liv Corry said: “We’re so excited to get this far, we’ve been waiting for this as a team for a long time and will make sure it’s an experience we’ll never forget.”
Loughts: Zara Rose, Liv Corry (1), Caitlin Black (2), Charlotte James-Pajwani (2), Chloe Stack, Imogen Cayley, Jenny Goodson, Millie Woods (1), Venetia Bailey, Zara White, Zoe Wright.