Thursday saw Welshpool and Newtown host the National U14 Schoolgirl finals just a week after the U18 finals, and it seemed that the weather was much more on our side this week.
Schools throughout Wales had participated in qualifying tournaments with the following schools representing their respective areas:
- Bishopston (Afan Nedd Tawe)
- Ysgol Glantaf (Cardiff and the Vale)
- Ysgol Bro Myrddin (Dyfed)
- Rydal Penrhos (Eryri)
- Brynteg Comprehensive (Glamorgan Valleys)
- Ysgol Brynhyfryd (North East Wales)
- Christ College (Powys)
- Monmouth (South East Wales)
The teams were divided into 2 pools and after a series of keenly contested matches the final pool standings were:
2nd Christ College Brecon
4th Rydal Penrhos
1st Ysgol Glantaf
2nd Brynteg Comprehensive
3rd Ysgol Bro Myrddin
4th Ysgol Brynhyfryd
All results from the day can be found HERE.
With the winners of the pools playing the opposite runners-up in the semi-finals we saw Ysgol Glantaf beat Christ College Brecon 3 – 2 and Monmouth beat Brynteg 4 – 0.
The penultimate game of the day, saw a very well contested final between Glantaf and Monmouth. Both teams had their equal chances in the first half, with a consecutive play of penalty corners for Glantaf denied by Monmouth defence, meaning a 0-0 scoreline at half time, with all to play for in the second half. Following a Glantaf player receiving a green card which put them down to 10 players, they maintained their pressure to earn themselves a PC with just one minute to go. Here we saw the first and only goal of the game, putting Glantaf ahead and winning themselves the National U14 Schoolgirls title. Huge credit to both teams who played immensely in their final game.
Grateful thanks to all our umpires, especially those who traveled a distance to make the day happen – appreciated your support throughout the day.
Thanks to all teachers, coaches, managers, umpires and support staff for making these finals possible, a huge amount of work is involved in the organisation of every team, as well as all the qualifying tournaments, and participating in National Finals, we appreciate the help of everyone concerned.
We now wait until 15th May whereby we will see the U12 Schoolgirls finals in Newtown, concluding the schoolgirls competitions for 2019.
Between now and then, we head to Newtown on the 1st May for the U12/U14/U16/U18 Schoolboys finals, where all coverage can be followed on the day via our Twitter account @HockeyWales.