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Three girls have been playing hockey for a team that was crowned U16 national champions over the weekend of 29-30 March.
Jasmin Cornish, Louisa Bray and Amber Walton play hockey for Surbiton hockey club and were part of the team that travelled to Wakefield to take part in the U16 National Finals organised by England Hockey. Their team won all their group games to reach the final.
In the final match, the girls played against the host club Wakefield, holders of the crown from the previous year. Despite Wakefield’s home-pitch advantage and their attempt at everything possible to unsettle Surbiton’s players, the girls held their nerve and played with skill, resulting in a comfortable 2-0 victory. The girls found it particularly satisfying to break Wakefield’s grip on the crown, which they have held for the last six years.
Jasmin, Louisa and Amber have also played, of course, for the School’s teams over the last few months. In her first year at St John’s, Louisa Bray made some spectacular saves as U14 goalkeeper, while Jasmin Cornish was one of the key goal scorers for the U15A team during the Autumn Term. Both Amber and Jasmin took part last October in a High Performance Assessment Camp, which is the second stage of the process of national selection. All three girls have benefited from excellent coaching by a trainer who, as well as working for the School, is one of the coaches at Surbiton Hockey Club. St John’s School is always keen to support pupils with a particular talent.
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