In the middle of last week the Boys just failed to retain the prestigious St. George’s Sixes title after producing three fine performances at the end of the tournament.
At the start of our pool, two fairly comfortable wins, 2-0 against St Edwards Oxford and 3-0 versus Ardingly, were followed by a rather tense 1-1 draw against KCS Wimbledon who responded to our first half lead with some fast attacks on the break during the second half. We then created innumerable chances against Hitchin but only ran out 2-1 winners. John Hampden were then dispatched, leaving us with a game versus RGS that we had to win in order to top the group and progress to the semi-final.
The team produced an excellent performance to run out 3-0 winners and a tie against Tonbridge to reach the final. Again a controlled, quick passing game and another top performance gave us a 3-0 lead that their consolation goal had no effect on the result.
Unfortunately by this time we had two injuries – Jacob Hall and Harry Gough – and due to the nature of the competition only allowing two outfield subs, we went into the final against Kingston Grammar without any reinforcements available. It was not therefore surprising that the first half was a cagey affair with Kingston grabbing a goal from a byline cross. The second half was a different story altogether as we battered the Kingston goal. Having got an equaliser, we then hit the post from another short corner. On their only breakaway into our D in the half, Kingston scored another. Back we went to their end, having a shot saved on the line by a defender’s head (only for a short corner to be given) and a flick from close range just over the crossbar. Frustratingly we weren’t able to turn our almost total possession into enough goals, but the performance was once again out of the top drawer and Tay Seager-Green was voted Goalkeeper of the Tournament.
Richard Organ, Director of Hockey commented “It’s a long day and you always need a bit of luck in terms of squad size, but I was very proud of the level of hockey produced by these guys.”
Squad: Rory Calnan, Oli Clift, Freddie Esplen, Harry Gough, Jacob Hall, Callum Job, Tay Seager-Green, Marco van Raalte, Josh Wilkinson