Hockey heroes end season with silver

Bognor Town Ladies celebrate their vase win
Bognor Town Ladies celebrate their vase win

The hockey season has ended with success for two more local sides - Bognor Town Ladies and Chichester’s senior colts team.

Bognor Town Ladies 3 Lewes Ladies 0

Sussex Ladies Hockey Vase final

Capping one of their most successful seasons to date, Bognor Town Ladies beat Lewes thirds in the Vase final.

Bognor started strongly with Tacita Haines taking control of midfield and spraying the ball wide to wings June Rogers and Karen Harmer, who caused havoc running through the defence and testing the keeper.

Charlotte Cox linked well with Theresa Cooper to support from the midfield. The back four were largely redundant in the first fifteen minutes but Jackie Okonta, Kim Agate and Helen Arnold dealt with danger when required.

The Lewes keeper stopped everything Bognor threw at her. Short corners and open-play shots peppered her goal and two goal-line clearances from Lewes defenders kept them in the frame.

Five minutes from half-time, Theresa Cooper managed a superb reverse-stick pass from the left which Karen Harmer collected and slotted home to put Bognor in the lead.

A quiet yet emphatic half-time team-talk from coach Gerry Cox ensured Bognor came out with renewed determination.

Haines and Charlotte Cox continued to fire balls up to the forwards, who each tested the keeper. One missile found Harmer in space, allowing her to turn and deflect the ball past the keeper.

Sara Coulson and Arnold were exceptional in their interceptions and passing. Charlotte Cox put in a cracking cross which Cooper deflected to the far post, where June Rogers made sure.

The medal ceremony saw captain June Rogers collect the cup on behalf of Bognor Town Ladies from Sussex Hockey Association chairman John Murphy.

Harmer was named player of the match.

BOGNOR: Rogers, Hlynianski, Agate, Okonta, D Cox, Arnold, Coulson, Cooper, Haines, C Cox, Perry, Harmer, McKnight, Wadey.

Chichester Hockey Club’s junior section kept up their fine record at Havant’s John Wright Tournament when, following on from the under-tens’ success, the senior colts team recorded an outstanding six victories out of six to win the gold medal.

Their opening match was a close-fought 1-0 victory over Havant with Jack Dawling scoring the decisive goal after fine build-up play by Oscar Pacey. Then came what was likely to be their sternest test of the day against Fareham.

Fareham came out all guns blazing but a disciplined defence marshalled by Charlie Gyles complimented by outstanding saves by Oscar Dobbins gradually saw Chichester’s midfield begin to dominate.

Two finishes of the highest order by Calum Peyman put Chichester in control before Fareham scored a what was only a consolation.

Chichester maintained the momentum with a 6-0 win over Havant Fire, a 3-0 victory over City of Portsmouth with goals from Peynum, Chris Clark and Cameron Flowers and a 1-0 win against Petersfield.

Victory in their final game against Trojans would be enough to secure gold.

Chichester took the game to the opposition. Isaac Renwick. Clark and Gyles held firm across the back and the midfield dominated. With Pacey controlling the pace of the game Dawling slotted home twice to secure a 2-0 victory.

Conceding only one goal throughout the tournament was a reflection on the tremendous teamwork in the Chichester junior squad and winning gold will hold them in good stead for a trip to the Weinheim international hockey festival in Germany.

CHICHESTER: Oscar Dobbins, Charlie Gyles, Chris Clark, Isaac Renwick, Oscar Pacey, Jack Dawling, Calum Peyman, Cameron Flowers.