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Swedish hockey captain coaches King’s Bruton teams to three National Finals
28th March 2014

The captain of the Swedish hockey team is celebrating a treble success for the Under 16 hockey teams he coaches at King’s Bruton.

 

King’s recruited Henry Eriksson to continue the success the school had enjoyed under the previous coach Ben Dudley, the England Under 16 goalkeeping coach.

 

Henry, who captained Sweden in the recent Indoor European Championships, first masterminded the success of the school’s boys and girls Under 16 indoor teams in reaching the National Finals in January.

 

Now he has guided the Under 16 boys to the outdoor National Finals as well after they were crowned West champions in the Regional Finals last week.

 

To reach the Nationals, the King’s team beat Queen’s Taunton, Clifton College and Canford in the qualifying group, Queen Elizabeth College, Guernsey in the semi-final, and then Canford again in the final.

 

The latest King’s Bruton success comes towards the end of a season in which the outdoor Under 16 boys’ team have won 12 of their 13 matches, drawing the other one. They have scored 35 goals, conceding only two.

 

Ian Wilmshurst, the Headmaster, said: “We are a relatively small school with only 212 boys and 119 girls. To reach three National Finals is therefore highly commendable.”

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