Following their qualification at the county rounds of The National Schools Hockey Tournament, Chigwell’s U18s travelled to Bedford Hockey Club on Wednesday 6th March to compete in the regional rounds of the competition. Drawn against some of the leading hockey schools in the region, Chigwell started the day with back-to-back wins over Stamford (2-0), and Woodbridge School(2-1), playing some excellent free flowing hockey. The boys then faced a well organised and clinical Bedford School team. Despite leading 1-0 before the break, Bedford fought back and ended the game as 2-1 winners, leaving Chigwell to rely on other results in order to progress.
Following an anxious watch from the side-lines Bedford lost to Woodbridge, meaning the boys fate was in their own hands. Facing an ever improving Norwich team, Chigwell knew they had to win to secure 1st place and qualification to the regional finals. With this mind-set the boys started the game at a blistering pace, taking a well-deserved 2-0 lead at half-time, following two well-rehearsed short corners. Norwich, however, refused to lie down and drew a goal back to set up a tense final 10 minutes. Chigwell battled to keep Norwich out, resulting in some whole-hearted and committed defending, but despite Norwich’s best efforts the boys proved strong enough to see the game out securing their place at the top of the group.
Will Tomsett, Head of Boys Hockey at Chigwell commented, “This has been a culmination of a season’s hard work and determination from the boys. The squad should be extremely proud of their performances today”. Chigwell will now play the top three teams in the East of England at the University of East Anglia on the 13th March to compete for a place at the National Finals.