Sternians’ Hockey 2016

Thanks must go to Kat Luckraft for arranging the Sternians ladies team to challenge the current school team this year. In a closely fought contest we were able to appreciate the quality of those who have left over the past several years. From recently departed players like Ellie Tresise, Hannah Alton and Carys Martin, we were delighted also to see the Mann sisters and Helena Castle-Smith amongst those from a good spread of year-groups. Kat assumed the authority of ‘inviting’ sister Charlotte to don the pads and play in goal! After the school team took the lead, the Sternians claimed an equaliser to send the sides in level at 1 – 1. In the second half it became increasingly likely that the younger team would prevail but the alumnae held out until close to the end when Martha Bilsland was set up beautifully by Amelia Gullett to fire home a winner.

The Sternian ‘men’ gathered together by Mike Radmann (with some assistance from the likes of Tom Dainton) provided a very strong squad to compete against the LWC boys. It was testament to the development of boys’ hockey at the college that the standard of play was so high. After a tough game against Seaford the previous day it was always going to be a tough call for the boys to match the speed, skill and strength of a star-studded old boys’ outfit, especially as the school were without several key players. To their credit they still defended stoutly and, after reaching half time 2 – 0 down, might well have levelled things up from two or three chances on the far post. The Sternians eventually racked up 5 goals with the school gaining a consolation from Josh Steele’s last-minute penalty stroke. Tom Grimes was involved in many of the Sternians’ best moves and netted the first. The second came from an unlikely source as Ben Holden punished some defensive mix-ups and it was great to see Max Wright out of goalkeeping kit to dive in for one in the second half.

Sternians:

Max Wright, Ollie Derham, Tobin Hatton-Brown, Mike Radmann, Mike Salmon, Toby Salmon, Mark Thomas, Robbie Heywood, Brandon Ambrose-Brunskill, James Hampson, Tom Grimes, Liam Barrowcliff, Tom Dainton, Josh Harris, Ben Holden

The weather treated us well and it was once again a brilliant LWC event.

Many thanks as ever to Gill Kelly and Chris Huffam from the Sternians’ Association for their hard work on the day; to Edward Walker and Clive Hicks for umpiring both games; to Soma Singh for managing the LWC girls’ and boys’ teams; to Chris Jones’ team for a traditionally excellent lunch.

Clive Hicks