The Walhampton News
Walhampton is a busy pre-prep and prep school within Hampshire. Our news archive features all of our current and old news, announcements and celebrations dating back to 2013.
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It's all jolly hockey sticks at Walhampton
This week it was the turn of the Under 11 boys to go to the IAPS regional tournament. Mr Cullum likes a road trip and the boys had an early start to reach Tonbridge school in Kent. We had a good team and played well against West Hill Park. Both teams hit the post and we managed a 0-0 draw to start with. An attacking approach of play was used against Durlston Court and we netted three quick goals, showing excellent pace and technique. Ben and Jake proved to be incredibly difficult to get past and showed excellent agility and speed. After a change of team formation we faced Portsmouth Grammar but couldn't find a goal. George and Will hit the post and put pressure on the keeper, but still no goal. Oscar pulled off a stunning save with three minutes to go. Hector came on as our "super sub" and, after being on for less than a minute, netted a cross from Raffi to score a vital goal. Rupert and Sebastian were also in on the action and played brilliantly. Our results placed us top of the group with no goals conceded!
We marched on to the Cup competition and were against Danes Hill in the quarter finals. We had a cracking start and peppered their goal with shots. Hugo provided good shooting opportunities and dominated the midfield. Twelve minutes gone and there was still no goals. This meant we went to "shuffles" (a hockey term for 1 on 1!). Oscar was in his element, putting pressure on the Danes Hill first shooter. Hugo stepped up and calmly scored off the rebound. They then scored a superb goal but George went in and stuck the ball right in the back of the net! Oscar battled hard and forced a great save giving us a 2-1 win and we were into the semi finals against Ardingly. The semi-final started with a bang, scoring two goals in the first two minutes. This took us through to a nail-biting final against Hoe Bridge. It was a good game but tiredness was taking its toll, the opposition scored to beat us 1-0. It was a terrific day of hockey.
However, conceding one goal in such a huge tournament comprising of 29 schools in the toughest region means we have qualified for the Nationals on the 9th March at Wellington School. An amazing achievement and we are very proud of our boys. Well done to all the players - you represented the school very well and Walhampton hockey goes marching on, joining in from the success of the U13s.