National League Division 1!
HC Knole Park are promoted to National League Division 1!
HC Knole Park’s Women’s 1st team have completed an incredible meteoric rise through the national indoor league structure to reach the England Hockey National League Division 1 for 2022/23! Playing in Telford over the weekend the team won all four matches against Canterbury HC (5-2), Beeston HC (8-3), Stourport HC (4-2) and Ipswich (13-1) to seal promotion.
Lottie was the club’s and the tournament’s top goal scorer for the weekend with 10 goals. Amelie was second with 8 goals. Overall, Amelie was the National League Division 2 top scorer with an incredible 27 goals, at an average of three goals per match! Remarkable!
Head Coach, Duncan said: “The girls have had an amazing indoor season and played superbly throughout the various tournaments. From the regional finals to this weekend, in every competition we have had to play higher ranked opposition, but the girls have transferred their training into the matches and been brilliant! To have reached this level in our first attempt is truly something special! Adding this senior success, to the junior success, has made this the most phenomenal indoor season ever! I am very proud of everyone at Knole Park that has contributed to this indoor season. Well done to everyone that has been involved.”
This moves Knole Park into the Top 20 indoor sides in England and means they have a very exciting indoor season to look forward to next year.
Elsewhere, the Men’s 1st team produced a wonderful performance on Saturday to bounce back from last Saturday. Away against Folkestone the team produced their performance of the season so far to win 7-1. The team played some scintillating hockey throughout and scored several excellent team goals. The Women’s 1st and 2nd teams both received walkovers to keep their promotion campaigns alive.
On Sunday, HC Knole Park’s U16A Girls travelled to Southampton where they won 4-1. Two goals from Anna, and singles for Olivia and Polly gave the girls the win. Back at home, Knole Park’s U16B Girls hosted Tunbridge Wells A-team and despite going two goals down early on, goals from Elsa and Mali brought them back to 2-2, only to be thwarted in the final moments on the break to lose 4-2. Finally, Knole Park’s U14A Girls made it two wins out of two in the England Hockey Supra-League as they beat Sevenoaks 2-0. Goals from Biba and Isla confirming the win.
This weekend, the Men’s 1st team face a very tough match against second in the league Sutton Valence HC and the Women’s 1st team face Sevenoaks.