HC Knole Park’s U14 Girls win Silver at the Copper Box!
On Saturday, in the U16 Tournament, the girls won five of their six matches, amassing 18 goals and only conceding 10 to win Silver at the Copper Box. This run of matches included wins over Hertford, JK Hockey, Canterbury, Surbiton and Marlow. Lottie Bingham top scored for Knole Park with 6 goals, including a deadtime penalty flick winner against Marlow (3-2) showing her nerves of steel! Lottie also won the club’s Player of the Tournament as she was awesome throughout, picking up three assists to add to her goal tally!
The rest of the team’s goals were spread amongst seven other players which showed the strength in depth starting to develop in the Knole Park squad. (Scorers: Lottie Bingham 6, Anna Faulstich 3, Jessica Lewis 2, Bella Muñoz 2, Polly Brownlow 2, Josefina Hippe, Summer Knight-Thompson & Phoebe Gough-Cooper).
In a slightly confusing finish to the tournament, the Gold went to Southgate HC, whom Knole Park didn’t have a chance to play as there wasn’t a final due to the format of the competition. Therefore, Southgate won by virtue of winning their six matches against the random teams they were drawn against. Having played all the top teams in the competition, excluding Southgate, the girls were happy with their silver medals. They learnt a lot from this opportunity to play against some really high-quality sides and to develop their match play ahead of the National Indoor Finals.
Gold – Southgate HC
Silver – HC Knole Park
Bronze – Marlow HC
Many congratulations to all of the girls that played across the two days:
Pascale Pottier (GK), Anna Faulstich, Jessica Lewis, Charlotte Watkins, Amber Croll, Lottie Bingham, Summer Knight-Thompson, Bella Muñoz, Mackenzie Ward, Phoebe Gough-Cooper, Polly Brownlow & Josefina Hippe.
Knole Park U12 Boys are outstanding as they win Silver at the Copper Box
The very talented Knole Park U12 Boys were superb as they won silver at the U12 Copper Box Championships. The tournament started in great style with a 4-0 win over St. Albans (Isaac Dale 2 & Moritz Hippe 2) and 3-0 win against Old Loughtonians (Isaac, Moritz & Iggy Muñoz). The final group match was against an inspired Teddington goalkeeper who must have made over twenty saves in the eleven-minute match! Despite the draw the boys won the group and had the chance to play off for the Gold.
In the 1st – 4th Championship Pool, the boys got off to a flying start with a 4-2 win over Hertford (Isaac 2 & Mack 2) and a 4-1 win over Surbiton (Isaac 3 & Moritz). This meant a final match against Cambridge City who had also won all of their matches throughout the day. This was an outstanding match of indoor hockey as both teams had skill, guile, vision and goal scoring prowess! Mortiz Hippe and Mack Copp scored an outstanding individual goal each beating several players, as well as the goalkeeper to take the game to 2-2 with a few minutes to go. However, it was the classy Cambridge City centre midfielder who scored an amazing hat-trick to seal the gold for Cambridge in a 4-2 defeat and Knole Park had to settle for silver.
Knole Park Top Goal-Scorer (8) and Player of the Tournament Isaac Dale was superb throughout and received with lots of compliments from the opposing coaches for his individual skills and goal-scoring. The skilful front pairing of Moritz Hippe and Mack Copp both scored four goals each and William Galloni was superb in defence. The team were very positive and reflective after the tournament and look forward to hopefully playing Cambridge again in future years!
Gold – Cambridge City HC
Silver – HC Knole Park
Bronze – Hertford
Knole Park U12 Girls secure 6th Place after an excellent day at the Copper Box
Having never played an Indoor Hockey match before, the U12 Girls made huge progress and had a great time doing it at the Copper Box Championships! In the first match against Bishop’s Stortford the girls played well but couldn’t find the break-through and it finished 0-0. Against Surbiton, the girls were just off the pace in the first half of the match and went down to an early 2-0 deficit. Despite an improved second half the match, Surbiton were the deserved 3-0 winners. In the final match of the group Knole Park’s Top Scorer Lettie Hughes was on fire as she slammed home two penalty corners for a 2-0 win over Braintree.
The girls went into the 5th – 8th Championships where they just got better and better! A brilliant 2-0 win (Lettie & Betsy) over a very skilful Clifton team including the goal of the day by Knole Park Player of the Tournament Betsy Burden, a 1-0 win over Marlow (Lettie) and a 0-0 with Wimbledon meant the girls finished 6th on equal points with Wimbledon, but with one fewer goal in the “goals scored” column. The girls did have the chance to seal a victory over Wimbledon, but their goalkeeper made a great save from a penalty and the game finished goal-less. This result shows the remarkable progress that this talented group of girls have made!
Gold – Epsom
Silver – Surbiton
Bronze – London Wayfarers
Overall, the club is exceptionally proud of all of its members for how they played across the 3-day competition. With very limited indoor experience in the lower age groups, all the children played some fantastic indoor hockey, improved throughout their tournaments and had fun whilst doing it! For the U14 Girls; you continue to amaze and impress! We wish you all the best with your preparation for the National Finals over the next few weeks.
This is the first tournament where Knole Park have entered multiple teams and it was great to see the club camaraderie developing already.
Congratulations to our Director of Hockey, Duncan Parnis, who has coached all the teams over the last few weeks in preparation for the Copper Box, and to Ruth Bingham for her invaluable coaching support and team management.
For those that took home medals – many congratulations! 2020 is going to be a fantastic year!