Hockey team lead the way in school’s successes
National recognition for high school stars across four sporting disciplines and age groups
BEACONSFIELD High School’s under-18s indoor hockey team made history after being named the third best in the country at last week’s Girls’ Schools Super 6s Championships.
Already the best state school side in England – as the only one to qualify – Beaconsfield performed admirably against nine private schools at Bromsgrove School, to finish third.
With the 10 qualifiers split into two pools of five, Beaconsfield beat Framlingham 3-2, thanks to two goals from Caroline Spence and a Beth Wagge strike, before seeing off a Repton side containing five England players 5-2, with Jade Quelch scoring the crucial fifth.
The following day, Beaconsfield went down 2-1 to reigning champions Millfield, meaning they needed to win their final game by seven goals to top the group, and although they failed to do so, they did beat Hymers 5-2 to qualify for the semis in second place.
There they lost 3-1 to Cranleigh, despite an equaliser from Spence and some good saves from Sophia Everitt. Also in the team were Beth Wagge, Jenna Wyllie, Lauren Gal- laghe, Abby Wagge and Lauren Torley.
Meanwhile, the school’s U19s and U14s gymnastics teams competed in the Milano Trio at Beaconsfield’s own sports hall, with both achieving exceptional scores to take the title of regional champion for their age groups.
Both teams had to perform an individual vault, individual floor routine and team floor routine, with their scores combined to give a total. They will now both go on to compete in the national championships.
The U19s team is Hannah Selli, Kendra Morris and Hannah Aldridge while the U14s team is Natasha Nowers, Liska Nowers, Lola Gill, Kira Cosgrove and Daisy Barrows.
Beaconsfield High School head Rachel Smith said: “I am incredibly proud of all the students who competed across the competitions. Once again their remarkable sporting prowess, combined with their teamwork, focus and motivation, have resulted in success for themselves and their school.”
The sporting achievements don’t end there, however, as the U16 hockey team has already secured its place at their own national finals, to be played at Lee Valley Olympic Stadium on March 1-2.
National stage: Beaconsfield High’s U18s indoor hockey team and, inset, the U14s gymnastics team that topped the podium on home turf.
First place: Beaconsfield High’s U19s gymnastics team.