Hoe Bridge Crowned Multiple Champions

Published on 13 March 2018

In the space of four short weeks, our Year 6 girls and boys and the Year 5 girls have produced something very special. The Under 11 girls can now boast that they are Surrey Netball Champions, IAPS Regional Netball Champions and also IAPS National Netball Champions, the boys also showing off their success as Surrey Hockey Champions as are the Under 10 girls.

Last week saw the culmination of the Under 11 girls hard work and determination when they made the journey to Basildon Sports Village to compete in the National Finals where the top 40 teams in the country fought for the National title. The tournament was run in four sections of ten teams, meaning each school had nine sectional matches.  The girls played with passion, determination and most importantly good team spirit and finished top of their section after winning all of these matches. As sectional winners, they then went on to play St Piran’s School in the quarter final winning 10 - 5 and then followed by Orchard House School in the semi final which they won 9 - 6.

The Final against The Manor School would be a replay of a match that had taken place earlier in the day and with both teams determined to perform to their best it promised to be an exciting end to the competition. The Final proved to be just that and with the full time score at 7 - 7, the match would be decided with extra time. The atmosphere was tense and the Hoe Bridge girls returned to the court with 'the team' attitude.  The ball travelled quickly from end to end with some great interceptions from both teams, goals were scored and missed, but Hoe Bridge held their nerve and at the final whistle celebrated a 3 - 2 win. They were later presented with their medals and the National trophy which they are now displaying with pride at the school. This was a superb achievement for which they should be incredibly proud.  Hoe Bridge are also the only school to have won the National title three times.

Not to be out done by the girls, the Under 11 boys have also been working hard out on the hockey pitch. They too are now Surrey Champions after winning the county tournament and as winners of the county they then moved on to the tough South East Region Championships. After a long day of hockey against the best in the region, they made it through to the semi finals and finished with a ranking of fourth in the South East overall.

If that wasn't enough success, the girls from Year 5 decided that they too wanted a piece of the action. After a thrilling Surrey tournament at Reigate Grammar School they made it through to the final where they were the eventual winners taking the total to three County Champion teams from the school.