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Top marks for Chigwell and Bancroft's superb students

PUBLISHED: 14:36 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:36 02 May 2013

Chigwell School footballers celebrate after winning a national title last week

Chigwell School footballers celebrate after winning a national title last week

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Local schools taste sporting success

Chigwell School returned from Leicestershire with the Independent Schools FA’s under-16s Shield after a a resounding 5-2 victory over Cheshire’s Abbey Gate School.

And there was reason to celebrate for Bancroft’s School after their mixed under-11 hockey team won the annual Bath Buccaneers’ Junior Cup.

Chigwell’s final was played at Quorn FC and they went into the game buoyant having not conceded a goal in the qualifying games against Claremont Fan School, Dover College, Ditcham Park and KES Witley.

They were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Matthew Rutherford and Sam Poulter with Tom Lovett, Matthew Higgins and Max Salador netting in the second half.

Headmaster Michael Punt said: “All 15 boys were a real credit to the school. The final was an excellent occasion not just because of the result, and I am very grateful to all the staff who have worked with the boys over the years.

“But particularly to Creag Lawrence and Mickey Payne this season.

“It was good to have the support of other colleagues, families and other members of the school and I suspect the memory of being national champions will stay with the boys all their lives.”

Bancroft’s hockey pupils proved a cut above the rest to win the title for the first time with a 100 per cent record.

In five matches they netted an impressive 24 goals while conceding just three.

The Woodford-based school got off to a flying start with a 6-0 victory over Stanchester School.

This was largely due to some brutal hitting in the middle of the pitch by Taliesin Prole and clinical finishing by Millie Woods.

Bancroft’s continued in a similar vein in the second game with a 5-0 victory over St Stephen’s School, as Khaya Roudette-Gregory and Claudia Joarder provided the creative flare and cool finishes.

Complacency meant that they nearly squandered a 3-0 lead against St Michael’s School.

However, this time it was solid defensive work from Bradley Lennard, Luke Rassmussen and smart saves from Rohan Barodia that edged Bancroft’s to a nervy 3-2 victory.

In the final two games Bancroft’s knew they had to win against local club sides Bath Buccaneers and City of Bath to claim the title.

Two excellent team goals smartly converted by Alex O’Brien and two short corners meant the Buccaneers were defeated 4-0, leaving Bancroft’s just one victory away from success.

Prole and Roudette-Gregory continued to pull the strings from the middle as the two girls, Woods and Joarder, provided the style in front of the goal as they strolled to a 7-0 success.

A jubilant Mike Naylor, Head of Boys’ Sport at Bancroft’s Prep, said: “Throughout the day, the Bancroft’s boys and girls produced some classy hockey which simply dazzled the opposition.”

Bancroft’s: Barodia, Joarder, Lennard, O’Brien. Prole, Rassmussen, Roudette-Gregory, Woods.

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