England under 18 hockey had their first matches of the year against Holland over Easter. It is always a tough start and this year proved no different. Pippa Lock (W), Izzy Petter (S) and Amber Walton (S) were playing for the girls who had a tight first match losing 0-2 to a goal in each half. The next game was once again 0-1 at half time and then England levelled, but Holland scored two more to run out 3-1 winners. The last game was particularly tough with Holland 4-1 up at half time and adding another goal at the death.
Rory Calnan played for the under 18 boys and they were leading 3-1 at the end of the first half of the first game. However, the Dutch came roaring back and scored four unanswered goals in the second half to win 5-3. They then went on to win 7-1 and 4-1 in the next two games.
As ever the intensity of play sets the standard required at this level and we wish them all the best of luck for the tournaments coming up over the summer.
Also over Easter, Cranleigh had three players in the victorious Surbiton under 16 girls team that retained the national crown. Zoe Allchurch, Autumn Brown and Fifi Robinson were part of the team that cruised through their first two pool games, beating Marlow 8-1 and Reading 5-1, but they needed a last minute goal to beat Ben Rhydding 1-0 to reach the final. 2-0 up at half time against Isca in the final, they added three more in the second half, comfortably running out 5-0 winners. Well done to them as well.