20th Jun, 2019

Bromsgrove School's under-13s hockey team claim bronze at IAPS qualifier

BROMSGROVE School’s under-13A hockey team secured a bronze medal at the North and Midlands IAPS qualifier in Derbyshire.

The team travelled to Repton School to compete in the tournament but had a tough group to qualify from which included Foremarke Hall, Bilton Grange and Dean Close, all of whom have been national champions in the last four years.

Bromsgrove beat Bilton 1-0, Rossell 3-0, Ashford 1-0 and Beeston Hall 3-1 respectively before losing to Foremarke 2-1 despite being a goal ahead.

The under-13s then suffered a 1-0 defeat to Dean Close in the final group game which meant Bromsgrove finished third overall.

In the quarter-finals, Bromsgrove beat Cheltenham College 4-1 to set up a tough semi-final against Foremarke.

The scoreline was locked at 0-0 at full time which meant the team contested nerve jangling shuffles against Foremarke but unfortunately lost.

Interestingly, all four semi-finalists had been in the Bromsgrove’s group and both semi-final matches went to shuffles.

The Bromsgrove boys dusted themselves down and were now faced with a third place play-off game against Bilton Grange which they managed to win 2-0 and therefore finish in the bronze medal position overall.

More importantly, Bromsgrove secured qualification to the National Finals at Millfield School on Monday, March 20.

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