Thursday, May 23, 2024

Knole Park sparkle indoors as fledgling club continues remarkable rise

HC Knole Park etched another milestone in their already rapid rise since forming in 2019 following a superb month on the indoor hockey scene at national league and junior level.

The Sevenoaks-based club won promotion to the England Hockey Super 6s Women’s Division 1 next season following a remarkable rise through the structure.

Knole Park won all their matches against Telford, Canterbury, Beeston, Stourport and Ipswich to seal promotion to one division below the Premier Division.

Amelie Allen, still only 16, finished as overall top scorer with 27 goals.

Head coach Duncan Parnis 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.

Meanwhile, in the Super 6s under-18 girls club finals at Wolverhampton this month, Knole Park came away with top honours after a 2-0 victory over Surbiton, with Allen scoring a double.

Allen also finished as tournament top scorer, with 10 goals.

After suffering defeat in the semi-finals back in 2020, Knole Park’s under-16 girls’ also claimed a title by beating Cambridge City in the final.

Knole Park kicked off their memorable month in December when the Kent side saw four junior girls’ sides win top honours at the Copper Box Indoor Championships.

The club’s under-12s, U14s, U16s and U18s girls won gold, while the U14 boys and women’s VI won silver.

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  1. Knole Park are special…in recent times, I umpired them when they played the University of Nottingham 1s, at the David Ross Sports Village. Playing two fixtures, losing one heavily, then coming back to defeat Nottm Uni 3-2 in the second. A privilege to umpire a fixture of this magnitude…Knole Park, you’re all M-A-G-I-C!


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