Bancroft School girls suffer penalty heartbreak
PUBLISHED: 14:44 11 November 2010
Under-14s hockey side lose final in France
BANCROFT SCHOOL’S under-14 hockey team suffered penalty heartbreak in an international tournament in northern France recently.
The squad, made up of girls from years eight and nine, were the only school team involved, with the other entrants being either club or regional teams from France, Holland, Ireland, Belgium and England.
The Woodford Green school team won five of their six group matches, including a 7-0 demolition of Mount Antville from Ireland, to progress to the final.
They took on Hatten, the Dutch side who had inflicted Bancroft’s only defeat in the group stage, but this time they defended far more aggressively as they avenged their earlier 3-0 defeat, with a 0-0 draw to send the match to penalties.
With the sides neck and neck throughout, Bancroft missed in sudden death, denying them the chance to lift the winners’ trophy.
Team coach Jonathan Prole praised his squad and felt the tournament provided a valuable experience for the girls.
“Overall, it was a fantastic experience for the team, and the development in their play during the tournament was great to see,” he said.
“The quality of hockey played was very high, and there was great camaraderie between the competing teams from various countries.
“The girls behaved impeccably, and were great ambassadors for the school.”
This was not the first time the under-14s have lost on penalties, as they suffered the same fate at the hands of Felsted School in the Essex Schools’ Championship.
Despite finishing as runners-up they still progress to the regional play-offs for the National Schools’ Championship.
In doing so they become the first under-14s team from Bancroft to progress to the regional stages of this national competition and will play their match at the University of East Anglia next Thursday.
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