2nd April 2019 — In a rematch of the 2018 final, the hockey girls from Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green faced Saffron Walden County High School in the final of this year’s U16 Essex Cup. Just days after their 3-0 semi-final win against Chelmsford CHS, the Woodford girls travelled back to Chelmsford on Monday 25 March hoping for better luck than last year when they lost.
It seemed that history was to repeat itself as Bancroft’s were 1-0 down at the half time break. An early second half goal from Kiera Murphy brought the teams equal again. This proved the turning point of the game and from that goal onwards the Bancroft’s team took control of the game. A further goal followed from Charlotte Peters with Kiera Murphy taking a second goal, so that Bancroft’s finished as champions with a 3-1 victory. Coach and Bancroft’s Head of Girls’ Hockey, Jo Fryer-Green named England U16 player Grace Kumar as outstanding and also commended captain Eleanor De Renzy Channer on her leadership.
A delighted Mrs Fryer-Green went on to say, “I am very proud of this young squad; we drew on the talents of some of our year 9 players in the semi-final last week and they were instrumental in securing a place in the final. The Essex Cup is a good breeding ground for these youngsters. They have had a good season becoming Essex Champions in the county heat of the national tournament back in September and performed exceptionally well in the regional play offs. I am looking forward to taking them on tour to Barbados in the summer.”