Outstanding Indoor Hockey Performance

The Seaford first team boys indoor hockey team travelled to Trinity school in Croydon to play in the Southern Regional Indoor Championships on Sunday 8th December.

In the pool games Seaford beat Kingston Grammar 2-1 and then went on to beat Ardingly 8-2. The “Big” game against Sir William Borlase resulted in a 1-2 defeat even after Seaford had a stroke, on the final whistle, saved. However, this was followed by a 2-1 win over Trinity in a very tense match.

There was all to play for in the final pool game between Seaford and Eltham College. Seaford went 0-1 down only to quickly equalise 1-1, then went 2-1 up. Eltham threw everything at Seaford and pulled the scores level with 45 seconds to go. Player of the tournament Laurie Bowden surged down the right and drew some ferocious tackles. He was eventually fouled to the floor resulting in a short corner for Seaford. Up stepped Johann Von Stechow and he scored a brilliant short corner to win the match for Seaford!

Goal Keeper Dan Jones suffered a painful injury but, after a time out, played on and must be congratulated on his huge effort for the team!

The team then had to travel to Whitgift to play the semi-final against Simon Langton. With very tired legs Seaford drew the match 4-4 and again Laurie Bowden won the match with his final penalty stroke in the ‘shoot out’. With an exhausted team and players falling down on the pitch with cramp, Seaford lost the final 1-4 to Whitgift.

Seaford has made history! It now qualifies for the National Championship which puts the top 10 teams in the country against each other.

This is an amazing effort by the Seaford team and to be ranked in the top 10 in the country is brilliant! Johann Von Stechow commented “Proudest moment of my school career”.




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