In December 2012 at the age of 19, Emily Sumaria, a former pupil of Cheltenham Prep and Cheltenham Ladies’ College passed away from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). She was at Leeds University. As Emily was an avid and keen hockey player it was felt that an annual memorial match in her name between College and CLC would be a great way to remember Emily and bring awareness of this form of Epilepsy.
The girls 1st team retained the Emily Sumaria Memorial Cup after a hard fought 2-1 victory over CLC. It was not the best start for College, with CLC scoring the first goal, but the girls demonstrated their resilience and passion to find a way to get back into the game. A well-worked flowing move resulted in Emily Campbell deflecting the ball for College to draw level. The second half saw College put the CLC back-four under immense pressure but could not find a way through for that all important second goal. The game became extremely tight with both sides putting in considerable intensity into their play, Charlotte Ball managed to pull off what proved to be a critical save when faced with a CLC forward. In the next few minutes, College managed to move the ball into the CLC D area and from the penalty corner India Blake struck a fearsome shot and gave College the lead. College saw out a tense final minute and a well-deserved win was achieved.
Head of Hockey, Mr Gwyn Williams commented, “This game was played with great intensity and was a fitting tribute to the memory of Emily. At College we are immensely proud and honoured to be part of this and ensure that the memory of Emily lives on through one of her passions in life.”