Cranleigh’s U16 Girls were crowned national indoor champions after a titanic struggle with a high quality Repton side on Sunday. The U18 Girls also reached the semi-finals of their national competition in the same weekend.
Director of Hockey, Richard Organ, said: “The U16s had a tough start but recorded a good 1-0 win over a mature Malvern side with a goal just three minutes from time. Throughout the pool games it was apparent that whilst a few sides had half a dozen very good players, we had the strongest squad overall and so were able to rotate players more often in the pool games and with four games on the Sunday, this became probably the most important factor in us actually going all the way.
“It was a tense semi-final against a good Millfield side. Repton awaited in the final and a new defensive structure meant that they had the majority of possession and we attacked on the break. It was all square at 1-1 in the second half when we despatched a class flick into the top left corner over the diving keeper to win the title!”
Cranleigh has a proud tradition of hockey success for both boys and girls. Over the past six years we have been to National Finals 21 times resulting in seven Gold, seven Silver and four Bronze medals.
The School has produced two Olympians, David Westcott and Don Williams, as well as 14 England players since 2010. There are many more who have reached Academy (JAC) and Regional level (no less than 32 at JRPC this season). Many have represented their club sides, especially at Surbiton, East Grinstead and Guildford. Indeed the 2015/16 season has seen six players play for their club side in the adult Premier Division of the Women’s National League, either indoors or outdoors.