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Oxford Hockey Club hails the outreach program as the state school juniors lift the title

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

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

The victory capped a remarkable journey of success in the competition. There were impressive wins 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 after five minutes from a well-worked penalty corner. Matilda Amor doubled Oxford’s lead after 15 minutes with a fantastic breakaway goal. Shortly after Oxford’s second goal, Timperley began to work their way back into the match, pulling a goal back midway through the first half to make the score 2–1 at half-time.

With a change of formation, Timperley started the second half well and scored the equalizer after 45 minutes. Oxford hit back to make it 3-2 after 50 minutes, with a goal from Beatrice Subeska-Renato. During the closing stages of the match, Timperley piled on the pressure on the Oxford goal, scoring a dramatic equalizer in the final minutes to make it 3-3.

However, it was a defining moment of team determination that secured Oxford’s dramatic victory. Following the equalizer, Oxford’s Molly Deakin seized the opportunity from the restart, driving straight towards the opposition goal and earning a crucial penalty corner. With the pressure mounting and the clock ticking, Oxford capitalized and Hattie Gibson scored a dramatic goal to make it 4-3. As soon as the ball crossed the line, the referee’s whistle signaled the time, confirming that 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 the Oxford Hockey Club.

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

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

Their win supports the school outreach programme, which sees the club deliver hockey to public schools in Oxford.