At Bromsgrove School, late on Sunday afternoon, and after a gruelling schedule of six matches in two days, the Cranleigh U18 Girls’ team were crowned National Indoor Champions for the first time. The Squad consisted of: Zoe Allchurch, Ella Bounous, Laura Graham, Coca Hall, Rosie Hope, Pippa Lock, Izzy Petter, Millie Regan, Fifi Robinson, and Amy Thompson.
Richard Organ, Director of Hockey commented: “We are very proud of the whole squad who thoroughly deserved the success they achieved. It was great to have so much support there to see them produce such outstanding displays of skill, determination and discipline.”
Saturday saw two relatively easy victories in the first pool matches against Bromsgrove School (3-0) and Queen Elizabeth, Cumbria (4-0). The 9am Sunday morning match against King’s Bruton was critical – a loss would have put us in serious danger of not making the semi-finals.
Supported by a dedicated team of spectators, including the Headmaster and two Housemistresses, the girls produced a stunning first half performance, scoring 5 goals, and cruised to a 7-0 victory. Watching this match and the subsequent few matches from the other pool, it became apparent that this was an excellent squad with no weaknesses; which proved to be crucial as Sunday evolved.
Some outstanding squad performances put Cranleigh into the final and a rematch with Framlingham. They were organised with their deep defence but Cranleigh secured the majority of the possession with some perfectly executed routines that gave them a 4-2 lead and secured an historic victory.
The girls, many of whom were national champions at U16, now look forward to the forthcoming Outdoor National finals.