This year all the Porcherite athletes were quietly confident in their hockey prowess – despite lacking a single 1st XI player.
The first match we played was against Southwood, a team full of county level hockey players. Unlike other teams, we looked beyond what was expected of us and held them back through over five short corners and the vast majority of play taking place in our own D. This perseverance led to a hard-earned draw.
Next was Newick House, an extremely aggressive team. Not a single player was intimidated, despite some injuries. Fabian Chess (U6, L), Leconfield’s most valuable player, scored a striking goal in the top left-hand corner and Charlie Holloway (L6, L) followed with a similar goal.
This result led to a match against Southwood that ended in penalty shuffles. Ethan Dowling (U6, L) protected the goal in an unbelievable manner and Olly Hill (5th, L) scored in sudden death, bringing us through to the final against Boyne House.
No one knew quite what to expect and the first half seemed fairly disappointing from both teams. In the second half, tension began to rise and, once again, Fabian Chess (U6, L) scored a storming goal to bring Leconfield once again to victory.