The U14A Hockey team looked forward to their first home West Sussex tournament after a frozen pitch prevented play the week before. This time the boys were focused and determined to play well. The introduction of four Year 8s into the team allowed added strength and additional positional options.
The first match was against local opposition, Bishop Luffa. Within the match some fantastic hockey was played, with the team moving the ball around and attacking down both channels. Many chances were created and goals from Matthew Burroughs, Isaac Thorneley and Caspar Hanbury put Seaford in a commanding position and eventual 3-0 winners.
In the second fixture Seaford played Lancing. Early in the game the ball was going from end to end with both teams challenging, however it was Seaford who stepped up a gear and scored a well worked goal from Isaac Mitchinson. Isaac and Wills Leleu dominated midfield and allowed Dominic Easton and Johnny Pardey to attack with pace down the wings. Seaford continued to press and forced errors in Lancing’s half, only for Seaford to pounce and finish the last 5 minutes of the game with two further goals.
This meant Seaford had won their pool and now awaited the winners from Pool 2 (Hurst, Chichester High School or Steyning).
After a long lunch break Seaford were to face Hurst in the first semi final. Matches between the two schools are always competitive and it was Hurst who got off to the better start. Some great saves by Patrick Green in goal and excellent defence from Hugo Gillespie, Charlie Gyles and Matthew Burroughs meant Seaford stayed in the game. A mixup in our D led to Hurst scoring but it was only one minute later when Isaac Mitchinson scored a cracking individual goal to level the scores. With 10 minutes to go the teams were both pushing for the win and it was a great short corner routine finish by Charlie Gyles that stole the win for Seaford. The team would now wait to see who they would face in the final between Lancing and Steyning.
Steyning were the victors and Seaford knew this would be a tough game. Steyning came into the tournament having won the County Cup last year and recently beating us in a school friendly.
From the very first whistle it was evident Seaford were out to win. A dominant display in the middle of the field pressed the opposition danger players and forced them to make errors. The teamwork and work rate around the field was exceptional and the team scored a well deserved goal late in the first half through Charlie Gyles. Seaford continued to defend and came close on many occasions to scoring a second goal. Steyning kept fighting back but Seaford held strong and were eventual winners winning 1-0.
The tournament was a great success with each individual playing their part in the team. Miss Greenway was particularly proud of the effort shown and commended the boys for the way they played.
The team will now face Eastbourne College in the County Cup Final date TBC.
Player of the tournament: Johnny Pardey
Bishop Luffa: Won 3-0
Lancing College: Won 3-0
Hurst: Won 2-1(semi final)
Steyning: Won 1-0 (final)