Dr Challoner’s youngsters impress at championships
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.