It's been another fantastic season so far for both the Wilmslow High School's under 13 boys and under 13 girls hockey teams.
The under 13 girls team travelled to Upton last Saturday to take part in the first round of the National competition.
The girls played six matches in the group stages with wins over Alderley Edge, Tytherington, The Grange, Hartford and Bishop Heber and a narrow loss to Queen's Chester, the eventual winners of the tournament.
Wilmslow dominated their semi final against King's Chester, which wasn't really reflected in the 1 – 0 scoreline at the end of the match.
There were some strong individual performances from Isabelle Broadhurst and Rebecca Webb, with the team miserly in defence, conceding only two games throughout the tournament and ruthless in attack, scoring 19.
As the top two teams in the competition, Wilmslow, along with Queen's Chester, will now progress to the North West Semi Final of the National Competition.
Meanwhile the under 13 boys hockey team travelled to King's Chester this week to take part in the North West Finals. Progressing through the group stages quite comfortably, the boys recorded impressive victories over St Ambrose, 5 – 0, Kings Macclesfield, 5 – 1, and Grange Hartford, 4 – 0.
The boys were then drawn against a very talented Altrincham Grammar School team in the knockout stages of the competition. The team stepped up to the challenge fighting out a tight 2-1 victory and progressed through to the final against Calday Grammar School.
Once again, the students raised the intensity, winning 1 - 0 and finished the competition as overall winners and North West Champions. The team now progress to the North England Finals which will be held at Leeds University on Thursday 12th March.
In preparation for the tournament, the team travelled down to test themselves against Bromsgrove School, one of the top boys hockey schools in the country. Last season, this fixture saw the boys lose out by just one goal to their more experienced counterparts, but this season, an outstanding performance saw Wilmslow run out winners by 4 goals to 1.
Guest post by Huw Williams.