The Girls’ hockey 1st team and Boys’ football 1st team both competed in their respective national finals last week.

The girls’ hockey took place on a chilly Friday at Repton school. Mr Hogg took great delight in quizzing the girls on their knowledge of flood plains as we drove through Derbyshire on the way to the finals. Having arrived the night before, fuelled with Nandos and a hearty breakfast, the team was ready to take on some tough opposition. Looking at the teams in our pool, and with the prospect of 12 minute matches, we knew the games would be tight. We started off brilliantly, beating Cheltenham Prep (who we lost to at the regional round on flicks). We then faced Taunton Prep, and again won 1 – 0 with a fantastic deflection from a well-struck penalty corner. We next had an end to end match with Langley Prep which ended with a draw. With two wins and a draw under our belts we then faced Foremarke Hall, the strongest team in our pool. We battled valiantly but couldn’t quite convert our opportunities, finishing this game with a two goal loss. Our last pool game was against Cargilfield, where we also lost by two goals. We ended up in fourth place, with just a point between each team! We then faced Danes Hill in the quarter finals, where despite it being end to end action with good chances at both ends, Danes Hill managed to break the deadlock and finish victorious. Lambrook finished within the top sixteen in the country and certainly performed at their very best that day. We are so proud of the team’s achievements.

Lambrook’s boys also faced an exciting tournament at Culford School at the National IAPS football final on Sunday 17th November. They started the day with two draws against Port Regis and Bede’s. Next up was St Marten’s and although the boys played well, they came up just short and lost by one goal. This galvanised the boys and they then went on to win the next two games against Yateley Manor and St Joseph’s. Despite pushing for a goal in their final group game, it wasn’t to be and Lambrook drew 0 – 0 against Lochinver House. Lambrook ended up coming third within this very competitive group and was then placed in the plate quarter final where they lost to Moulsford but gave a really impressive performance, finishing in the top sixteen in the UK.

To have our two 1st teams achieve national finals this term, in addition to our unprecedented levels of success last year is so encouraging and a true testament to the children’s ability, determination and ability to be coached. They should be very proud of themselves and all that they have achieved.

Mrs Thomas and Mr Andrew

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