Courtesy of Mr Huw Thomas
Director of Sport
Sherborne Prep Shool
14th Nov 2018
Daring to Dream!
Having missed out on qualification for the Nationals so narrowly as a young team last season, our current 1st team have been determined, for some time now, to achieve their dream of progressing through the regional rounds in order to compete amongst the top schools in the country at the IAPS National Hockey finals. After a positive start to the term, the girls headed to Millfield school to challenge for the right to represent the South West at the National Finals. After a slow start, the girls responded and marched towards the final where they overcame Dumpton (last years U12 National champions) to finish as the South West winners. A huge achievement in its own right when one considers that traditionally, the South West is the strongest region for hockey at this level.
Buoyed by their success and having achieved our main goal for the term, the girls really did dare to dream as we headed back to Millfield as one of the top 20 school teams in the UK. What a day! Our girls were magnificent from the outset and despite drawing our first game, we marched through the group as winners and headed in to the knock out rounds. Game after game, the girls improved, battled and played some outstanding hockey. Through the quarter finals, in to the semi finals and then remarkably, we made it in to the final. Despite losing to the thoroughly deserving winners in Framlingham College, we are enormously proud of our girls and their achievement, Their teamwork, camaraderie and work ethic shone through as we beat some of the top schools in the UK. This group of girls have been outstanding ambassadors for the Prep School and have played some brilliant hockey this term. Above and beyond these achievements, they are impressive young ladies who we are justifiably proud of. Dreams do come true!
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