On Monday the boys 1st VII competed in the IAPS hockey tournament at Bishop Stortford. In our group we had St Anthony’s, Bishop Stortford, Chigwell and Beeston Hall, and we would have to finish in the top two to go through to the quarter-finals of the main competition. We played St Anthony’s first and beat them, but then came up against Chigwell who got the better of us beating us before meeting Bishop Stortford, who after some sterling defending by our boys won the game with two late goals, which puts our bid to qualify for the National finals out of reach.
We then concentrated on our next aim, which was to win the Plate competition. We faced Kings Cambridge in the quarter-finals, which we won putting us into the semi-finals against Barnardiston who we had previously lost to earlier in the season. This time the boys played some outstanding hockey beating them by two goals to one which meant that we would face Brandeston in the final. This was always going to be a tight match but after going one nil up in the second half we thought we could hang on but Brandeston came back strongly and equalised with a few minutes to go. 0BH would be involved in another penalty shuffle competition this time for the trophy.
It was a very tense time but the OBH boys stayed calm and converted all three of their shuffles winning the Plate final. Credit must go to the entire squad, a real team performance with everyone contributing.
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