Seaford College, for the first time, was invited to the Haileybury Sixes Hockey Tournament on the 6th October. Nerves were high as there were some very big schools in attendance. The Seaford team was led by a recent old boy, Jamie Whitehouse, and had some full-time boarders making up the 8 team members travelling early on the Sunday morning.
The tournament was structured with games of 15 minutes one way, including the finals. Seaford was drawn in the same pool as Aldenham, Haileybury, Canford and St Edwards. The other pool was made up of Framlingham, Tonbridge, Charterhouse, Felsted and St Albans.
Game 1 against Aldenham, Seaford won easily and scored 5 goals with no reply. In game 2 against St Edwards, it was a different story and Seaford drew with St Edwards 2-2 before getting back on winning ways with a close 4-3 win over the hosts Haileybury. The last pool game was to decide who would be 1st or 2nd in the pool and so Seaford piled on the pressure and won 5-0 against Canford to win pool A and play their semi-final against 2nd in pool B – Felsted.
The semi-final was a close game and Seaford finally won 2-0 thanks to goals from Geyer and Whitehouse. The other semi was won by our fellow pool competitor, St Edwards.
In the final, the team just ran out of legs and lost 1-4 to a very good St Edwards team which was a worthy winner of this prestigious tournament.
The top goal scorer accolade was shared between Geyer and Whitehouse. The school can be proud that at their first attempt at this tournament the Seaford team reached the final and was placed second out of the 10 independant schools taking part.