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Junior Hockey Players Reach National Finals

Kirkby Stephen Junior Hockey Players Reach National Finals

Three junior hockey teams attended the Regional In2 Hockey Tournament at Leeds recently. U12 Girls, U10 girls and U10 boys achieving some of their best results to date.

Whilst the junior teams have progressed well through the opening rounds in previous years, the U12 girls are the first junior team in the club to have qualified to attend the National Finals.

Their group games consisted of 4 games against Fylde, Chester, Saracens and York. Having qualified through the group stages Kirkby went on to play Favourites Wakefield in the semi final, superb penalty corner routines and fierce defending lead them to a deserved win.

The extremely close and at times tense final was played out between Kirkby Stephen and York, with York in the dying minute able to score a winner. Kirkby Stephen go through as runners up and along with York represent the North of England at the National In2 Hockey competition at Nottingham on Saturday 18th of May.

Kirkby Stephen U12 Girls team who will represent the North of England at the National In2 Hockey Competition in Nottingham

Kirkby Stephen U10 girls who qualified for the regional In2 Hockey competition in Leeds, showed some lovely skill and great determination when they came up against good opposition from Thirsk, Alderley Edge and Fylde in the group stage at Leeds.

Kirkby Stephen U10 boys attended the regional round of the In2 Hockey competition in Leeds. They held their own against strong opposition from large clubs and were unlucky not to get through to the semi finals, having played Chester, York and Preston in the group stages.

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KSHC 1s vs Doncaster 1s

KSHC faced 3rd in the league team, Doncaster, on Saturday 9th March. With the irony of the weather calling off the plans of Janette McWhirter, she was be present on the sidelines with her motivation and positivity.

Kirkby Stephen started off stepping up to Doncaster, playing some beautiful hockey from both sides. Nicole Clegg made a tremendous break down the right wing, with her speed, overtook the defender and played the ball across to Anthea Bowman in the D. While Anthea drove the ball towards the keeper, Lucy Potter made a great run to the penalty spot, where Anthea slipped the ball across and Lucy finished it to give KS a 1-0 lead.

Doncaster did not let the home side get away with it so lightly, and played some superb hockey, and unfortunately managed to bag two goals from counterattacking a break from their half.

In the second half, both teams didn’t manage to produce any outcomes, but some fantastic link work was played and KS didn’t let the score bring them down. Sophie Winder (goalkeeper) made numerous saves at all angles and heights, with several 1-on-1s with the attackers. At such a young age, Sophie showed great confidence and no fear in the goals, blocking any more goals past the home goal line, and was awarded with man of the match.

Final score – 2-1