Two Third Formers, Frankie Russell and Seb Blake, have just been crowned national champions as their Cheltenham team won the U14 Boys England Hockey Championship at the Olympic Park in London.
Head of Hockey, Mr Gwyn Williams, said, “This is a great achievement for Frankie and Seb, and a day that they will remember for many years to come. Both boys are very committed to the hockey programme here at College and this is a great reward for all their time and effort they have put into their training, both here and at Cheltenham Hockey Club.”
Cheltenham played three matches in the lead up to the final, winning two and drawing one. They then played Surbiton in the final, drawing 2 – 2 and winning with three penalties (flicks) to none.
Seb commented, “Playing at the Olympic Park was very special. I have been playing for Cheltenham since I was eight and we got to the national final at U12 but lost on flicks, which made the win this year that bit more significant.
“There were lots of tense moments: in our first match, we went 2-0 down and managed to come back and win 3-2. In the final we scored the first goal but then Surbiton scored two quick goals. At halftime, it was 2-1. At the very end of the second half, we won a short corner and we scored taking it to flicks. I was going to take the fifth flick but our keeper saved the one before me meaning we had won!”
Cheers from the crowd went up and Cheltenham took the title of U14 National Champions!