Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club U14 Girls successfully navigated their way to the England Hockey Area Finals having come top in their group containing Braintree, Hertford, Bishops Stortford, Chelmsford and Felixstowe. After six-weeks of targeted and focused training they travelled to Braintree for Area Finals. The team faced Northampton Saints, Braintree and Cambridge City. In their first match against Northampton they came out to the good having secured a 3-2 win, with goals from Helena Page-Blair, Zynia Delgyn and Grace Baxter. They then played Braintree (who they had beaten in their group 4-3) - this was tightly matched and despite there being some good scoring opportunities it ended in a 0-0 draw. The final match to determine positioning was against Cambridge City (a huge club in comparison in terms of numbers and resources). The girls made a promising start, but Cambridge’s strength and size proved to be just a little too strong which resulted in them being 2-0 up at the break. Bury however maintained their composure and pressurised strongly in the second half to ensure they made no more concessions. The result of 2-0 did not truly reflect the determination and resolve of the players on a particularly warm and sunny day.
The result meant that Cambridge City won the day and Bury St Edmunds were Runner’s Up. The team played some fantastic hockey over the season and only lost one match (their final match) at the very end of the completion. The girls, many of whom are already playing in the ladies section of the club, should be very incredibly proud of their achievements and we wish them success for the future.
Team: Grace Baxter, Emma Boyle, Zynia Delgyn, Alex Edwards, Josie Gooderham, Maddie Green, Olivia Hyndman, Frankie Konrath (Captain), Helena Page-Blair, Katie Rogers, Katie Slark-Hollis, Lulu Surti, Olivia Whyte and Kerry Woods.
Coaches: Jet Konrath, Alex Bibby, Matt Hyndman and Mark Barber
Manager: Rebecca Slark-Hollis
We are all so proud of your achievements - well done to all involved