We are very pleased to announce that the U12 boys finished as national winners in the England Hockey In2Hockey Championships.
The compeition final was held at Cannock Hockey Club. The team were divided in two pools with the winner of each pool going straight to the final. Their first game was against Deeside which produced a 3-1 win. After a short break they were up against Beeston gaining another 2-0 victory. The third game in their pool was against Hertford with another convincing 4-0 win. Going into their final game already top of their pool they played Bournemouth and finished with a 2-2 draw.
The team finished as overall pool winner and played Cheltenham in the final. Haslemere dominated play and showed off some spectacular hockey moving the ball around effortlessly rewarded them with the first goal. After half time, Cheltenham rose to the challenge and made the score level. After a series of short corners, Haslemere had failed to convert their efforts with the score 1-1 on the final whistle.
The rules of competition are such that they would face a penalty shoot out to decide the winner. After a very tense nail biting first round the scores were level at 3-3, Haslemere stepped up to the mark again to make it 6-6... they were not going to be beaten. Finally the nerves got to Cheltenham and Moore put away the final shot to make it 8-7 and Haslemere came through victorious. A truly inspirational performance from Haslemere and one to be proud of.
Thanks must to go to Jason Moore who has coached and nurtured this team for past 7 years and to his assistants, Chris Stokes and Mel Knight.