St Louis Middle School had cause for celebration last week after their under-11s mixed side won the quick sticks county championship.
After battling their way through a gruelling seven-match qualifying stage of the West Suffolk finals, the team managed to repeat their success at the county finals.
There was also strong displays by two fellow teams from the school, with the under-13 boys’ and girls’ sides coming fourth and third.
“I am really proud of all of the sides who took part,” said Lloyd Green, head of sport at the school. “None of our players play club hockey so it was great to see how strongly they performed and how much they achieved.”
These evenly-matched teams struggled for victory, but neither could break the deadlock.
In the first half there were some strong attacking efforts, with Kathy Hammond and Sophie Wheeler moving well.
Player-of-the-match Charlie Harwood used her fitness to create space on the left and kept up the blocking tackles to close down Diss’ attacking plays. Sarah Nichol made great tackles and plays to push the ball towards the D.
Diss came out energised in the second half, pushing hard for goal and reached the D only to be turned away by the defence of Christianne Church, Sophie Kelly, Josie Sheahan, and Abby Rolph in goal.