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Oxford Hockey Club hail outreach programme as state school juniors lift title

Oxford Hockey Club’s U16 girls’ team claimed the prestigious title of National Champions at the Nottingham Hockey Centre last month, with half of the club’s winning side hailing from state schools.

In a thrilling match, the Oxford team triumphed over strong opponents, Timperley Hockey Club, with a final score of 4-3.

The win capped a remarkable journey of success in the competition. There were impressive victories on the road at previous finalists Stourport and Wimbledon as well as strong performances in the earlier rounds against Eastcote, Bedford, Towcester and Old Cranleighans.

In a highly anticipated final Oxford took a crucial early lead with Florence Hulcup scoring from a well worked penalty corner after five minutes. Matilda Amor doubled the lead for Oxford on 15 minutes with a superb breakaway goal. Shortly after Oxford’s second goal Timperley began to work their way back into the game, pulling a goal back mid-way through the first half, making the score 2-1 at half time.

With a change of formation, Timperley started the second half well, securing an equaliser on 45 minutes. Oxford hit back to make the score 3-2 on 50 minutes, with a goal from Beatrice Subeska-Renato. During the final stages of the game Timperley ramped up the pressure on the Oxford goal and secured a dramatic equaliser in the last few minutes, to make the score 3-3.

However, it was a defining moment of the team’s determination that secured Oxford’s dramatic win. Following the equaliser, Oxford’s Molly Deakin seized the opportunity from the restart, driving straight to the opposition goal, earning a crucial penalty corner. With the pressure mounting and the clock ticking down, Oxford capitalised with Hattie Gibson scoring a dramatic goal to make it 4-3. As soon as the ball crossed the line, the umpire’s whistle called time which confirmed Oxford were champions.

“This success reflects the dedication and commitment of the U16 girls’ throughout the season,” said Jon Darnell, Director of Junior Hockey at Oxford Hockey Club.

“Their hard work, passion, and teamwork have culminated in this well-deserved achievement of becoming National Champions. This victory not only reflects the talent of our players but also the unwavering support of our coaches, families, and supporters.”

“We are immensely proud of our U16 girls’ team for their incredible achievement in securing a National Championship,” said David Whittingham, Chair of Oxford Hockey Club. “Their journey has been marked by hard work, dedication and determination. The National Title is a testament to the club’s commitment to excellence and the development of young talent.”

Their win supports the schools outreach programme where the club is delivering hockey in state schools across Oxford.

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