The U18s boys’ squad have added more hockey medals to the cabinet after they finished as runners-up in the National Schools Championships.
All three boys’ teams (U14, U16 & U18) got through to the National Finals after successfully winning through county and regional rounds.
For Repton the highlight of the tournament, which took place on the London 2012 pitches at Lee Valley, were the matches played by the U18 boys. The draw saw them face Kingston Grammar School, a team that has been U18 National Champions a record eight times over the years, in the semi-final.
Repton made a fine start, going two goals ahead after just eight minutes. Another great start from the half-time whistle saw three goals scored in ten minutes by Repton to secure a place in the final. Kingston did get one back before the end.
Director of Hockey at Repton School, Martin Jones said: “This was a job well done as we reached our third consecutive National Final. Whitgift had comfortably won in the other semi-final and so Repton met them in what proved to be a great match. Whitgift opened the scoring from a penalty corner before Repton equalised. “In a game that could have gone either way, a penalty miss with 12 minutes to go was ultimately costly for us as Whitgift scored the winner with less than four minutes remaining,” Martin Jones said.
“Based on shots on goal, Whitgift deserved their victory, but we certainly had chances to win the game ourselves, showing that high level sport is often decided by small margins. This was definitely true of this match.
“To qualify to take part in the national finals at all three age groups is a significant achievement and one of which we are very proud. Having been here before does not diminish the achievement or our pride in it. Well done to all three squads and the staff that support them.”
Earlier this year Repton’s U18 girls won both the national indoor and outdoor titles and the U16s left the national finals as silver medal winners. The U16 boys also won the national indoor title. Repton has taken ten national U18 girls’ hockey titles in 13 years, cementing its reputation as one of the country’s top hockey schools.