On Wednesday March 20th the Boys’ U18 Hockey team achieved a little more school sporting history by qualifying for the National Outdoor Finals for the second time in three years.
Playing at Tonbridge in the South Regional Finals, they managed to win both of their matches to become champions for the South region: this is the first time that a team from this school has achieved this honour.
In the semi-final they faced Radley College, a side which is currently coached by David Cresswell (an ex-member of the Cranleigh School teaching staff and Old Cranleighan). Cranleigh started the match in a very business-like fashion and were 4-1 up after 20 minutes: they went on to win comfortably 6-2 .
The final saw Cranleigh face Whitgift again. Two years ago when the schools met at this level the match was played at an astonishing pace with a very high level of skill. This time the same score stood, a 2-1 margin, but the winning team were Cranleigh. The winning goal was scored by Will Calnan in the last passage of play, with a penalty corner placed in the bottom right.
We have been very pleased by the way in which this squad has raised its own expectations in the last month: they have worked hard together and become more tactically astute. Well done to them all.