In the South Qualifiers the first team boys’ indoor team travelled to Trinity school in Croydon to play in the Southern Regional Indoor championships. 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 loss of 1-2 even after Seaford had a stroke on the final whistle saved. Seaford then went on to beat Trinity 2-1 in a very tense match and with the final pool game meaning winner take all between Seaford and Eltham College there was all to play for! 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. A draw meaning Seaford goes through second and a win for either team means that the winner comes first in the pool and the other knocked out completely. Player of the tournament Laurie Bowden, surged down the right and drew some ferocious tackles eventually being 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 pulled his hip flex and his groin muscle 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”. Seaford made history and Qualify for the National Championship which puts the top 8 teams in the country against each other. With an exhausted team and players falling down on the pitch with cramp, Seaford lost the final 1-4 to Whitgift.
Steve Paxton, Hockey Coach said: “This is an amazing effort by the Seaford team and to be ranked in the top 10 in the country is brilliant.”