Hockey: County Success for Bede’s Prep Teams

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On March 4 the Bede's Prep School Colts won the Hurst Hockey Tournament and the U11 Boys' Hockey Tournament to become the schools' third team of county winners.

This fantastic result came off the back of the 'In 2 Hockey' county tournament on February 25 at which both Bede's Prep School's boys' and girls' 1st teams both won their respective tournaments, making the three separate teams all county champions.

After the recent Colts wins, Head of Physical Education at Bede's Prep School Chris Atherton said of the team, "The boys have performed outstandingly, representing themselves and the school brilliantly."

Across the tournament, which was hosted at Hurst, the Colts were the clear winners, beating St Andrews 2-0, Lewes Old Grammar 4-0, Hurst 2-0 and Ocklynge 3-2. The team drew 0-0 against Ardingly but their run of victories gave them 13 points in the table.

The week previously the Colts had beaten St Andrews 2-0, Hurst 6-0 and Ardingly 5-0 at the Hurst U11 Hockey Tournament 2013, meaning their position as County Champions was beyond doubt.

On February 25 meanwhile school hockey teams from across Sussex had come together to compete at the 'In 2 Hockey' County Tournament, with Bede's Prep School's boys' and girls' 1st teams both facing stiff competition.

In the boys' competition, which took place at Summerdown, the Bede's Prep School 1st team beat Hurstpierpoint College 6-0, Lewes Old Grammar 3-0, St Andrews 3-0 and Ardingly 3-2 in a hard fought final. Top goal scorers across the tournament were Bede's pupils Harry Wootten and Luca Page.

The girls' teams competed at Beresford meanwhile, with the Bede's Prep School 1st team beating Farlington 3-1 in the semi-finals in a nail-biting penalty flick-off. This earned them a place in the girls' final where they too competed against Ardingly.

"The last two goals in the girls' fi nal were fantastic," said Petch Pyemont, Head of Hockey at Bede's Prep School. "Accurate passing from the girls combined with strong running with the ball, skilful stick work and a superb reverse pass resulted in two of the best goals I have seen for a while."

The final result of the hotly contested girls' final was 4-2 to Bede's Prep School.

This triple-county championship win is a remarkable achievement by Bede's Prep School, an institution which provides several players to the Sussex county side. From the Bede's Prep School 1st team girls' side alone these include Amelia Baron, Lauren Bennett and Charlotte Brown.

"We are extremely proud of our Hockey teams," said Bede's Prep School Headmaster Mr Nick Bevington of the wins. "These latest victories are yet more evidence of the expertly crafted sporting provision at our school."