Hockey team lead the way in school’s suc­cesses

Na­tional recog­ni­tion for high school stars across four sport­ing dis­ci­plines and age groups

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

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.

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