The ladies have won the cup match against Sunderland broom ladies 7-3 with our manager Mich getting 1, Martha with 2 and Belle getting 4, although Belle is now moving onto another club to further her hockey we wish her all the best and she will be a big miss at Stockton, Caitlin also leaves us this year to attend university, Caitlin has come on superbly as a player during her time at Stockton and we also wish her all the best as we are sure she will continue to grown at uni.
Stockton ladies remain the champions of the Durham clubs league Cup, with the change in the leagues this would be the last cup match played meaning Stockton ladies remain the champions, 2 years undefeated and this was a brilliant way to end. Sunderland broom put up one hell of a fight right until the end where they clinched their 3rd goal right on the end whistle, Sunderland showed some of the best sportsmanship I’ve seen in the ladies league and we wish them all the best in the upcoming season.
England Hockey Futures Cup 2021
Congratulations to Stockton Hockey Club members James Beck and Will Ferguson who were all selected for the Pennine Pumas (North of England) to compete in the Futures Cup in St Albans between 25th and 28th August. The Futures Cup brings together teams from the North, South, East, West, Scotland and Wales and is basically the selection tournament for the National Age Group Squads at Under 18 and Under 16 for England. The players have been through an extensive selection process which has worked through County and Regional Performance Centre squads to get to this level.
James produced some outstanding performances for the U17 boys playing centre back and dictating play from the back. The team started off strongly against Wales with a 3-2 win that should have been much more comfortable- to be fair Jame's 70 yard ariels were a real feature of the game and his leadership/communication skills were there for everyone to see. They came up against a strong South team next and a narrow 3-2 defeat which could have quite easily gone either way led to them playing against the West in the bronze medal game which they lost to come 4th. James now waits for the England Under 18 selection announcement which is imminent any time now.
Will can be very proud of his achievement at being selected for the England Under 16 Assessment Squad after his performances for the Under 15 Pennine Pumas. Will played up front which involved a lot of running with very little possession- however, his job was to score goals and he opened the scoring against the East in a 3-3 draw with an expertly taken backhand hit. After a quiet 2nd game personally but one the Pumas should have won (1-1 v West), Scotland were next up in the bronze medal game. Even though the Scots fielded an Under 16 team (against Pumas U15), the game could have gone either way- Scotland opened the scoring early but Will quickly equalised through a great strike from the top of the circle- the game then went too and fro before Scotland scored a winner in the dying seconds.
Both players should be proud of their performances- they did the North proud and what a fabulous advertisement for Stockton Hockey Club!