U12’s win Wallingford Cup

After Saturday, I didn’t think my grin could get any broader…and then Sunday came around.

We put one team into the cup competition at Wallingford, an unashamedly high level competition that may be the toughest that we have ever faced at u12 level. In addition to our normal opponents, teams were also sent by Maidenhead and Premier division heavyweights, Reading.

After a wobble against Wallingford in the first game, the wins started coming and a victory in the last league game against Hawks B saw us through to the knockout stage. Our semi final against Hawks A was a tense encounter with fantastic hockey from each side. The match ended without a goal so we went to the dreaded penalty shuffles. Euan Barrett and Joe Conway were nerveless in scoring from both of theirs while Dylan in goal refused to be beaten. We did not need Charlotte on the final leg nor Freddie and Alex who also itching to get in on the action.

On to the final. Parents and Lead Coach, Roger, had by now forgotten the bone penetrating cold, courtesy of surging adrenalin. Could we beat Reading ? The girls, Molly, Daisy, Charlotte and Amy had been on the pitch since 10 that morning via training and another girls match. Could they last another 13 minutes of the highest quality hockey ?

The team get to see their trophies for the first time !

They could – we scored – we won ! Wallingford Cup Champions. Well done to everyone involved and thanks to Wallingford for putting on a great competition.


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