Blue Hornets Felsted U12 Boys are regional champions
- Credit: Archant
Blue Hornets Felsted U12 boys performed superbly as they were crowned east regional champions, last Saturday.
They got off to a great start with 5-0 victories over both Spalding and Broxbourne, although they drew the next two games 0-0 against Saffron Walden and Bury St Edmunds respectively.
With the pressure on, Hornets went into their final group game needing to beat Norwich to qualify in second place in their group, which they did it in great style, winning 3-0.
Then it was the semi-finals against the Old Loughtonians - who they had lost to in the county finals. The Felsted boys were desperate to right that wrong and to qualify for the nationals, and controlled the game in a 2-0 victory.
The final against Hertford was a very even contest, ending 0-0 with penalty flicks. Both teams scored their first two penalties (Henry Dean and Matthew Yeoman for Hornets), then, after Justin Ross scored the third, Alex Bruce-Smith managed a save against Hertford’s last taker.
You may also want to watch:
Flested now go through to the national finals on May 10 at Cannock.
The U10 girls meanwhile, fought hard but never quite played to the level they had achieved to be Essex county champions. They got off to a good start with a great 2-0 victory against Sevenoaks, but then had some tough games, losing to Hertford (2-0), Pelicans (2-0) and Cambridge City (2-1). However, in their last group match, they beat Ipswich 1-0 in a tremendous match.
- 1 Picture gallery: Spot yourself at Finchingfield 2021 three-legged race
- 2 Blue-green algae proves fatal for Doctor's Pond fish
- 3 Man admits to causing death by dangerous driving after B184 collision
- 4 Spitfires and more... IWM Duxford prepares for 2021 Battle of Britain Air Show
- 5 M11 targeted in week of motorway protests
- 6 Reporter wins award for Uttlesford news articles
- 7 Astronomy: What to look for in the sky this September
- 8 Essex A&E waiting times: fears raised about winter as 'NHS really struggling'
- 9 Felsted collision: Motorcyclist seriously injured
- 10 Be there for seasonal Apple and Bees Day at the Gardens of Easton Lodge
The following day, the U12 girls hoped to retain their title as east champions. But, with a tough draw in their qualifying pool, they knew they had to beat leading clubs such as Canterbury and Cambridge City to progress through to the semi-finals.
Despite some excellent results against Broxbourne, Harleston Magpies and Ipswich, they went down narrowly to the two clubs who inevitably made it through to the final, losing 2-1 to City, who ended up as regional champions.
The U10s boys were also unfortunate. They topped their group, winning all their matches and went through comfortably to the semi-finals. Facing Old Loughtonians, they led 1-0 until the last 30 seconds of their match. It took until the third set of penalty flicks (with three in each set) before Old Loughtonians managed to save one before scoring the winner on sudden death!
All in all it was a great weekend of hockey for the club.
• For information about Blue Hornets Felsted Hockey Club, refer to the website bluehornetshc.co.uk. The club welcomes all abilities and experience, from first timers to budding Olympic stars of the future.