39th annual Hockey 6s Tournament held at St George's College

A day after the heartbreak of the Under 14 girls’ hockey squad being on the wrong end of another penalty shootout in a National final, St George’s College picked itself up, dusted itself down and laid host to the 39th annual St George’s 6s boys’ Hockey Tournament on Wednesday 1 March. 

Head of Boys' Hockey at St George's College, Mr Hughes, was thrilled to welcome so many schools to take part in the tournament this year and gave a breakdown of how St George's got on in the tournament:

"28 schools from all over the country came to compete for the coveted Governors' Cup, with St George's boys' hockey team eager to make their mark in the competition. In recent years, St George’s College has found itself in back to back finals (both against Tonbridge School) and the home side started off in suitably effective form.

1-0 wins against Caterham School and Seaford College were followed up with a 3-2 end to end thriller against Trinity School. With three wins from three, St George’s comfortably made it four in a row with a commanding 4-2 win over Dulwich College. As has been the case in recent years, the Hurstpierpoint College match would decide the group and after drawing 1-1, the boys were in pole position to make the semi finals once again. After comfortably seeing off Churcher's College in the final group game, St George’s came up against a seriously strong Simon Langton Grammar School side boasting two England Juniors.

Sadly, this is where the fairy tale ended for this year’s St George’s side. The boys gave it everything they had, but on the day the opposition was stronger. However, with Merchant Taylors' School playing Sir William Borlase's Grammar School in the plate final and Cranleigh School playing Simon Langton in the Cup final, there was still some serious talent on show.

Merchant Taylors' School needed extra time to defeat Sir William Borlase's Grammar School and were crowned 2017 Plate Champions. In the Cup, a close affair was settled by another young England protégé, Harry Gough, with Cranleigh School being crowned 2017 St George’s 6s Champions.

Many thanks as ever must go out to all the parents, umpires, dignitaries, staff, players and supporters of this year’s event. With the standard continuing to increase, I can’t wait to see what our 40th Anniversary has to offer next year."

16 March 2017

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