DESPITE having come fresh from their Mid Sussex Tournament win the previous Sunday in the rain, Lewes U10s went to sunny Eastbourne without particularly high expectations. But they ended the day’s competition as county champions.
From the start they displayed excellent teamwork, solid defending and man to man marking which they continued throughout the tournament. Francis Osman-Allu and Emily Leeson were confident and strong at the back giving any opposition very little opportunity to break through. The tireless midfielders, Libby and Tess Youngman and Zara Williams-Thomas took their lead from the defence and pressed up the pitch giving forward Hannah Williams support to score five goals in open play during the day. The girls went on to win a nail-biting second place Pool decider on flicks, before beating Horsham in the semi-final and then beating Eastbourne on flicks again in the final – with conversions from Leeson and Tess Youngman. Lewes’ goalkeeper Amany Rus kept a clean sheet throughout the entire tournament, also saving every single flick, and outstanding achievement.
The Lewes U10 girls go on to compete in the Regional finals in Teddington on Saturday week (March 31). This amazing win and the one of the previous week is testament to the awesome effort, dedication and time that has been put into the junior section at the club by many enthusiastic individuals over the last year. One of those individuals, Zoe Richards, said: “We finally have a junior section we can really be proud of and a clear progression through the club which makes the future of Lewes Hockey Club look very promising indeed.”
The other Lewes U10s team put in a much improved performance, which included brave Esme Bailey in goal facing her first ever penalty flicks. Credit goes to all those girls who held their own even when they had been depleted by two players.