This year has been a hugely successful year, if not our most successful hockey season ever. We are very proud to see boys and girls representing the school hockey teams in huge numbers. Popularity for the sport continues to grow, which has seen a significant increase in the numbers of teams we are able to put out in each year group. The popularity of the sport has also seen the department introduce an internal summer hockey league which is now in its third year. Levels of participation for this tournament have risen from 80 to nearly 200 players in that short space of time. Here is an overview to the schools most successful ever hockey campaign;
U12 Boys Hockey
Our U12 boys hockey squad were once again invited to compete in the Bristol Grammar School Booker Shield Invitational Tournament. This tournament saw the squad compete against some of the biggest hockey schools in the South West region. They put in a hugely respectable and committed performance to finish with four wins, one draw and three narrow losses to claim the Shaun Holman Shield. Given the level of competition on the day, this is an excellent achievement.
U13 Boys and Girls Hockey
U13 Boys and girls hockey at has proven to be a hugely popular and successful sporting option for the cohort this year. Both age groups have produced excellent results, but most importantly, outstanding levels of participation. The age groups completed a bit of history for the school’s sport teams. Both teams were entered in the England Hockey Tier Two Championships. The County round was held at Dean Close School, both age groups claimed their respective county championship titles. These resulted in qualification for the South West Regional Championships, to be held at King’s College Taunton. The success and standard of play shown by both age groups in the county round was carried through to the regional tournament. This resulted in both teams being crowned Tier Two South West Regional Champions. A very unique grand slam! This is an exceptionally talented year group and we are looking forward to overseeing their future development as they progress from the 7 a-side formant into the 11 a-side format.
U14 Boys and Girls Hockey
Our U14 girls hockey squad have had yet another very successful season. They started the season as the defending Gloucestershire County Champions as they competed in the England Hockey Tier Two Championships. The group competed in the County Championship at Wycliffe School and successfully defended their title to claim back-to-back County Championships. The squad were rewarded with qualification to the Tier Two South West Regional Championships at King’s College, Taunton. The group qualified from a very competitive group and fell agonisingly short in the semi-finals. The group continue to set themselves excellent hockey standards and will be determined to reclaim their county title next year and make a big push towards a regional title in the next academic year.
The U14 boys hockey squad have had their best season to date. Like their female and U13 counterparts they were entered into the England Hockey Tier Two Championships. The county tournament was hosted by Dean Close School and once again KLB claimed a county title. This saw yet another KLB Hockey team qualify for the South West Regional Finals at King’s College Taunton. At the regional competition the squad qualified from a highly competitive group that included previous national champions. The squad were eventually knocked out on penalty flicks in the semi-final. However, their exceptional performance at the regional tournament was rewarded with a wildcard entry to this year’s Tier Two National Finals to be held at the home of England Hockey, Lee Valley. The squad rose to the occasion and played some outstanding hockey against the best tier two teams in the country. After completing their pool matches (KLB 5-0 Ratcliffe College, Leicester, KLB 4-0 Coopers Co and Coburn School, London and KLB 0-1 Kingswood, Bath) the squad qualified for the final. They produced some of the best hockey they have ever played as they recorded a resounding 4-0 victory of Kingswood School, Bath, to claim the school’s first ever Tier Two National Title, a truly remarkable achievement. We really cannot express enough how proud we are of their accomplishments.
Historically the school has always produced strong hockey squads and it is great to see our hockey success make a return. It would not be possible without the help of various aspects. The effort and commitment shown by our students is absolutely outstanding. They compete in a hugely comprehensive fixture list as well as an internal summer hockey league. This league is in its third year and currently has nearly 200 students competing in it. We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and our respective local clubs (Wotton-Under-Edge and Yate) for the overwhelming support they have shown towards the school hockey programme. Without this support the success of our students would not be possible.
This has been our most successful ever hockey season at the school. For a state school to claim eight individual hockey championships is a very unique achievement. The future of hockey at KLB School is looking bright.