Last Saturday the 1st hockey XI travelled to King’s Canterbury without captain Fran Burn, who was at Cambridge University for a choral award interview. King’s Canterbury are the holders of the national under 18 indoor hockey trophy, but Amber Banbury opened the scoring 10 minutes into the first half in the pouring rain. Lisa Hunt marshalled the defence and tackled brilliantly and Vicky Hewett was outstanding in goal in a staunch defensive performance.
King’s scored with a couple of minutes to go in the first half. Haileybury started the second half brightly but were soon pinned back in their own half again by the slick King’s team. Pressure on the Haileybury goal eventually told and King’s went into the lead 2-1 with 12 minutes left. Five minutes later, Molly Pallett broke away and nearly eluded the King’s defence. From the ensuing short corner, in-form striker Amber Banbury got a touch which flew onto the motionless keeper’s helmet and over the bar.
Haileybury continued to look dangerous on the break but failed to score. The final score was a 2-1 win for King’s Canterbury.
In two weeks’ time, Haileybury go to the county under 18 tournament as favourites to retain the trophy. On current form, they are right to be optimistic.