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Highs and lows
more tense affair with a Slough penalty corner strike by
Alex Scott two minutes from time bringing the scores level
and sending the game to a penalty stroke decider. Kerry

The men’s final – fast, exciting, a comeback,
and some great moments of skill.
Williams buried Leicester’s first stroke, Jane Smith levelled
for Slough. Then Chloe Rogers sneaked one inside the The juniors – the school and club age group
Becky Duggan’s left post and Maddie Hinch saved to her left finals provided some of the top hockey of
from Chloe Strong to keep Leicester ahead. Duggan saved
from Rebecca Herbert to keep Slough in the reckoning, but

the weekend. The pick of the games was
Trojan’s 7-3 win over Beeston in the girl’s
when Alex Scott’s flick zipped past the outside of the right U16 club final. Two goals each for Holly
post Leicester were champions. Newton, Becky Van Berkel and Jenny
Player of the tournament Rebecca Herbert said: “I don’t Peebles and one from skipper Lizzie Gittens
think we really expected to come first when we started – but overall just excellent team hockey.
the indoor season. We are just really happy. It was a very
different game to the semi-final yesterday [3-1 win over The women’s semis were both tense and
Canterbury]. I guess you could call it a crowd pleaser
– but you don’t care how close it is if you win.”
cautious affairs for which, fortunately, the
TV cameras were off. On the plus side there
In the other women’s semi-final Slough edged out were a few brilliant moments to light the
Bowdon Hightown on strokes after a 2-2 draw (see gloom – Becky Herbert’s lift over the keeper
highs and lows). The men’s semis both finished 7-5 with and a Chloe Rogers trademark mazy run
Surbiton disposing of Loughborough Students and East and goal (both for Leicester). And there was
Grinstead seeing off Reading. The championships were also some superb goalkeeping – see below.
played over the last weekend in January.
Eighteen strokes produced a 3-2 shoot-out
ResuLts: Men’s final: east Grinstead 9 (Ashley Jackson
women’s semi-final win for Leicester over
7,2,36,37 (PC,F,F,PC), Mark Pearn 8 (F), David de Prez Bowdon Hightown. The goalkeeping was
12 (F), Scott Ashdown 34,35 (PC,F), Mike Holland 37 (F)) good but some of the strokes came closer
surbiton 5 (Tim Pinnock 14,34,39 (PC,F,PC), James to dotting the ‘I’ on the Pukka Pies sign than
Tindall 26 (F), Michael Hoolihan 40 (F)); women’s final: the back of the net. Sudden death? Creeping
Leicester 2
(Rebecca Herbert 17,32 (F,F)) slough 2 death more like.
(Jane Smith 4 (F), Alex Scott 37 (PC) –
Leicester win
on penalty strokes; men’s semi finals: East Grinstead
7, Reading 5; Surbiton 7 Loughborough Students 5;
womens semi-finals: Slough
2 Bowdon Hightown 2
– Slough win on penaty strokes; Leicester 3 Canterbury 1.
Ady Kerry
tender Is
the nIght
The Trent FM arena is used to hosting
exceptional goaltenders – it is after all
home of the Nottingham Panthers ice
hockey side. But our sport’s top keepers
showed they were right up there with
their skate-wearing colleagues (and after
all our goals are a lot bigger!).
Maddie Hinch’s two penalty saves for
Leicester in the final (one in the shoot-
out, one in normal time) earn her top
billing. Bowdon Hightown’s Kirsty Mackay
withstood an onslaught from Slough
in their women’s semi and has to take
the credit for Slough’s normally deadly,
Jane Smith-led penalty corner routine
stuttering under the pressure.
Down at the other end, Slough and
England’s Becky Duggan swept up well
in the circle and produced the best save
of the weekend, low to her right as Tina
Cullen, bearing down on goal, seemed
certain to score.
The juniors also showed their quality
with Beeston U18 goalie David Overton
lightning fast around the D. Another to
watch is Ipswich School’s U18 ‘keeper
P Ashwin Raj whose balance and quick
reactions produced a string of good saves.

Leicester’s Maddie Hinch sav
es from Rebecca Herbert in the w
omen’s final penalty shoot-out
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