Bromsgrove's U13 hockey B team stepped up to the mark when it stood in for the A team at the National IAPS Finals day at Millfield School - and came third.
The boys battled all other schools' U13A teams to win two, draw two and lose just the one match to the Scottish Champions when they travelled to Milllfield to take the place of their A team who were taking part in the ISHC National Finals' day at Birmingham University and who went on to be crowned ISHC National Champions that day.
The B team opened its campaign with a 0-0 draw against King’s Hall. Following a 2-2 draw against The New Beacon and a second goal from Elliot Evans, the team then dispatched Bedford 1-0. Their only group defeat came against Graigclowan, going down 0-2 in a game where they had very little luck. Some great finishing resulted in a final 2-0 win in their last group game against Kingshott.
Bromsgrove came 3rd in the group, missing out on a Cup place by one point. They then entered the Plate competition. In a tight game against Parkside and five minutes of extra time, the team drew 0-0. Penalty shuffles resulted in a 0-2 reversal. In the final match v Gresham’s, a 1-1 draw led to a fatigued side losing 0-2 in penalty shuffles.
The team finished third in their group of six, only one point short of qualifying for the last eight. The also boys competed admirably in the plate competition and had a ranking of 15th on the day out of the twenty-four participating teams.
Playing were: Finlay Shaylor, Alex Holroyd, Harry Draper-Barr, Lochlann Mitchell, William Hobbs, Elliot Evans, George Lamb, Ayran Jagadish and Louis Heptinstall, with Cameron Owen putting in a real captain’s performance.