An U13 Girls’ Hockey team, at Gresham’s Prep School in Holt, has had one of the school’s most successful seasons in 15 years, having competed at local, regional and national level this term.
On Friday 20 October, the team travelled to Ipswich for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) regional qualifying tournament. Having cruised through the early rounds they beat Framlingham College in the finals to be crowned IAPS East Champions, which ensured their place in the National finals in November. The girls travelled to Repton School to compete in the IAPS National finals and played in a very tough group, but only lost one match in the group stage of the competition, to the eventual winners, Millfield School.
The team then competed at the Girls’ Norfolk Schools In2Hockey Championships, where they also qualified for the National finals. This was the first time in 15 years that a Gresham’s Prep girls’ hockey team had qualified. It was a tough competition with strong opposition. The team finished second overall at this event, ensuring their place in the National In2Hockey finals, which will take place in Nottingham on 11th May 2018.
This talented team has played with real determination throughout the season and worked hard to develop their game. The U13 captain, Effie Bowley, has been invited to attend U15 trials at the England Hockey Bury Performance Centre.
The U13A Gresham’s hockey team is Effie Bowley, Tilly Butterworth, Amelia Hill, Izzy Morgan-Evans, Phoebe Williams, Madeleine Ebbage, Sophia Rathleff, Evie-Mae Thorpe, Annabel Garrod and Claudia Hudson-Madge.
Following the success of the U13 A team, the U13 B, C, D and E hockey teams at Gresham’s Prep are also celebrating following an unbeaten season.