21st Rover Oxford Hockey Festival

8 Apr

Last weekend saw the 21st Rover Oxford Hockey Festival held at Cokethorpe School and Witney ATP sponsored by Red Technology and run by Oxford Hockey Club. The festival is one of the biggest in the country attracting 73 teams in 7 age groups including regular visitors, Banbridge who again made the long trip from Northern Ireland. Honours were shared with a different winner in each age group.

On Saturday, the Under 14 boys competition took place in the magnificent grounds of Cokethorpe School and the oldest boys provided a fine spectacle of open attacking play. In the finals, Cirencester eased past Eastcote 4-0 in the 3rd/4th place playoff whilst in the final and excellent Cheltenham side beat Oxford Hawks 2-1 in a close fought contest.

On Sunday, Oxford’s youngest team won the Under 8 competition beating local rivals 1-0 in a frantic game displaying great skills for such young players. Eastcote eased past Aylesbury 2-0 in the 3rd/4th playoff. Next up was the Under 10’s where Oxford were again in the medals but this time had to settle for silver losing 4-0 in the final to a quality Reading team. Hawks picked up third place with a close 3-2 win over Wallingford. Finally, the U12 boys took centre stage and with favourites Cheltenham cruising through the group stages there looked to be only one winner. However, in the final they came across Banbridge Academy who’s skill and determination saw them sneak a 1-0 victory. Hawks picked up another well-deserved third place seeing off Cirencester 4-0.

Meanwhile at Witney ATP, the Under 14 and Under 12 girls were in action. Hosts Oxford picked up 3rd place in the Under 14 competition with a close 2-1 win over Cirencester whilst a strong Wycombe team took the gold medals defeating Cheltenham 3-0. Finally in the Under 12 girls matches, the 1v1 shoot outs had to be used to separate all four finalists. Cirencester got past Wycome 1-1 (1-0 pens) to take top spot whilst it was even closer between Eastcote and Hawks where after a 1-1 draw in normal time, Eastcote stole third place from Hawks with a 1-0 sudden death penalty shoot out…

Organiser Nick Malden said “It’s once again been a terrific weekend of hockey and it’s a credit to all the coaches that the standard of play, particularly in the finals is so high.”

Summary of Results:

Under 8s: 1st Oxford, 2nd Hawks, 3rd Eastcote, 4th Aylesbury

Under 10s: 1st Reading, 2nd Oxford, 3rd Hawks, 4th Wallingford

Under 12 boys: 1st Banbridge Academy, 2nd Cheltenham, 3rd Hawks, 4th Cirencester

Under 12 girls: 1st Cirencester, 2nd Wycombe, 3rd Eastcote, 4th Hawks

Under 14 boys: 1st Cheltenham, 2nd Hawks, 3rd Cirencester, 4th Eastcote

Under 14 girls: 1st Wycombe, 2nd Cheltenham, 3rd Oxford, 4th Cirencester

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