Dr Chal­loner’s young­sters im­press at cham­pi­onships

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

DR Chal­loner’s U18s have been crowned the South of Eng­land hockey cham­pi­ons.

The sixth for­m­ers, from the gram­mar school in Che­sham Road, over­came a sticky start in the Cham­pi­onship at Whit­gift School to beat the reign­ing na­tional cham­pi­ons en route to glory. Vic­tory means they will rep­re­sent the re­gion at the na­tional fi­nals next month.

Such an out­come looked un­likely when Chal­lon­ers lost their open­ing pool game, but they then won their other two qual­i­fiers to ad­vance to a semi-fi­nals against hosts and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Whit­gift, com­plete with sev­eral Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als. Un­daunted, they won 3-2 win to set up a fi­nal against Bucks ri­vals RGS High Wy­combe. Fatigue af­fected both sides, but Chal­lon­ers came through to edge the con­test 2-1 and keep their dreams of be­ing na­tional cham­pi­ons alive.

The vic­to­ri­ous squad were Tom New­ton, Isaac Hall, Duncan Scott, Tom McKin­lay, Alex Sweet, Phil Lloyd, Ed­die Pre­ston and Alas­tair Val­lance.

Mean­while, in cross coun­try, An­gus Wil­liams led the charge as Dr Chal­lon­ers’ ju­nior squad came fifth in the English Schools Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Bed­ford. Wil­liams was the school’s top in­di­vid­ual fin­isher, also in fifth, while the in­ter­me­di­ate squad, led by Cameron Reid in 39th, were 19th over­all.

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