More good news for our U16s

On Sunday 24th June Westbury U16s won the Bristol & West Under 16 Tournament for the third year in a row making it three successive league and tournament double seasons.

Only three of last year’s winning side took part with the ‘class of 2017-18’ being assembled as a new team keep up the winning run.

Two pools of three meant two games each against Cheltenham and Cirencester, who are always strong sides at this level. Cheltenham were beaten 1-0 (Charlie Smith) and Cirencester held 1-1 (Jakob Szpojnarowicz). In the return games Cheltenham held the U16s to a 0-0 draw whilst Cirencester were beaten 1-0 (Charlie Smith). These results meant Westbury finished top of the group ahead of Cirencester.

The semi-final against host club Bristol & West saw Jakob Szpojnarowicz score two thumping goals before heading off to A&E for 5 stitches after a collision with the home goalkeeper.

In the final Westbury were on top but couldn’t find the net against Cirencester who had won their semi-final on penalty strokes. The game ended 0-0. The result was going to be decided by penalty strokes. After 5 strokes each it was 2-2 with Charlie Lynde and Josh Wright scoring and Cameron Davis saving three B&W penalty stokes. Sudden death saw both team score twice (Charlie Lynde and Charlie Smith) with Cameron saving one. After 8 strokes it was still tied 4-4. Josh Wright was then on target with number nine and Cameron Davis made his 5th save of the shoot out to secure victory. An exciting, heart stopping finish to an excellent day’s hockey. Charlie Lynde completed the day with a broken finger but showed grit and determination typical of the whole team who gave everything in the scorching weather! The quality of Westbury’s play showed that they were the best hockey playing team on the day and the team that got all the key parts of their game right!

Team: Cameron Davis, Lewis Britton, Will Jones, Tom Williams, Ethan Small, Josh Wright, Harry Lloyd-Hughes, Jakob Szpojnarowicz, Charlie Smith, Charlie Lynde. Supported by senior players Aiden Bennett, Russell Woolwright and Martin Palmer.