Seaford boys’ hockey season finished strongly at the end of a thrilling season, with some very impressive wins across the different teams. Top team of the term were the 1st X1, who were extremely well led by Captain and German U20 International Mats Grambusch.
The team were county champions beating St Bedes in the final 4-2, and then representing Sussex in the SE finals, where they played Cranleigh. They only lost two close matches in the team (once in the SE finals) and were a bit jaded in their last school match v Churchers, but in a highly successful tour to Bath, they won all three games, including matches against opposition from Ireland and Guernsey.
PE Master Antony Cook said: “The players have approached the season with a fantastic attitude and a superb effort, but the individual improvement in skill level has been quite outstanding.”
The team were strong from the backline through to the front, with Aiden Mullins impressive in goal, Joe Nelmes a tight marker at the back. Callaway’s fores up the right were legendary and Mats G , Elliott Hall and Hendrik Michaelis dominated the midfield. Up front Flo Pelzner and Josh Cowell were potent strikers. They were rightly awarded team of the term cup in Final Assembly.
The Seconds were a bit of a ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ team, on occasions playing free flowing neat hockey as witnessed in useful victories over Bedales and Ryde, however during other matches they let themselves down and threw away winning positions.
The Spreckley twins provided attacking flair and Connor Reilly was dominant defender. The U16s showed potential but their two best players in Jamie Whitehouse and Matt Lewis were often on 1st team duty so the team lacked consistency. Xander Morrison was a key player and Freddie Ottey in goal hugely impressive. They recorded fine victories over Lord Wandsworth 5-3, Hants Collegiate 6 nil and KES Witley 2-1.
The U15s were a good unit on their day but they suffered from inconsistency. At times they played some really impressive hockey, but inexplicably suffered a few heavy defeats too ! Henry de Candole was a fast free scoring forward, Rob Denman strong in midfield and Ben Haynes a feisty goalie. The B team developed well during the term under Rev’s tutelage (having God on your side undoubtedly helps!)and Jamie Smith was a key player for them.
At U14 level, the A team played 12, won 9 and lost 3. They recorded fine victories during the season such as over Lancing and Ardingly both 4-1, St Bedes 5-1 and thrashed Hants Collegiate 12-1. As a team they were excellent on the counter attack using the pace of Axel Giri and Beck Hemingway up front.
Laurence Bowden, Charlie Dimond and skipper Harry Collins proved a midfield trio of some force, with Rupert Pelly strong at the back and Dan Jones our dependable goalkeeper.
Several B team players impressed and ordinarily would make an A team- ones for the future are Harry Marchant and Ronny Harrison , as well as the ever improving Jack Shaw-Pethers