The CHS boys travelled to Ardingly to play in the U18 Sussex tournament in very cold conditions. The standard of play was a real step up from anything they have played before, especially as they found themselves in a pool with Lancing College, Bedes, Eastbourne College and Bishop Luffa.

Chichester Boys School U18 hockey team in strip sponsored by BS Steels

Opening against Bedes (a team that later went on to make the final), CHS started well and took the lead – Alex Pendle tore through the defence and scored a well driven goal between the post and the Bedes keeper. However, Bedes settled into the game, got an equaliser and then tapped in three quick goals from short range. The boys picked themselves up at half time and in a solid and very respectable second half, prevented Bedes from scoring any more goals.

The second game saw a familiar foe in Bishop Luffa. The boys went into the game in a more positive mindset and worked the ball well, eventually running out 2-0 winners, both goals from Alex Pendle.

In the third game, against Eastbourne College, again Chichester drew first blood and again it was from the stick of Alex Pendle. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long and ultimately the game ended with a 6-1 loss. Luke Denyer made some fine saves, and the defence absorbed waves of attacks, preventing an even higher score. The boys were were not downhearted and dusted themselves off for their last game against Lancing College.

Chichester High School U18 hockey playersLancing needed a draw or a win to make it through to the semi-finals. Chichester played some flowing hockey and looked confident from the outset. Lancing held a slender lead at half time, but again the Chichester defence was solid and Lancing were unable to test Luke Denyer in the second half. This hard work was rewarded with a well worked goal, as the ball was passed upfield and Ollie Summerill found himself in front of goal to tap in from close range. The game played out for a very well deserved 1-1 draw.

There were loads of positives to take from the tournament and seeing these boys compete at such a high standard and being competitive has been a real pleasure. Not bad for a group, where the majority of the team only started playing a year ago!

This is a summary of a longer report on the Chichester High School website, which you can read here.

The BS Steels-sponsored kit of Chichester High School boys’ hockey team took a trip out to Hurstpierpoint on 23rd January, for the Boys’ County Cup. A quick summary follows; for a full write-up, please visit Chichester High School website.

Chichester High School at U16 County CupFirst up was 4-0 defeat against a dominant Eastbourne team, despite stout defence and some excellent goal keeping from Luke Denyer.

A different formation was trialled against Sackville, which allowed Sackville to score an early goal. The boys didn’t lose their composure and a well-deserved equaliser was scored by Cameron Smith. In the second half, a firm strike inside the left post by Josh Parker gave Chichester the lead. Unfortunately, the momentum was lost briefly and Sackville snuck in an equaliser that wasn’t really deserved and the game ended 2-2.

The final game was against a very well organised Hurst team. After an even start to the game, Hurst managed to break the deadlock, and two more were added in the second half. The Hurst coaches commented on how well the boys had played and given a good account of themselves.

BS Steels is proud to be kit sponsor for Chichester High School boys’ hockey team.

Kerry Eames, their teacher/coach, has worked amazingly hard with them and we have even had an England player (Alex Pendle) in our shirt.

Chichester High School hockey kit sponsored by BS Steels

The match report from CHS’s 4-1 victory on 6th December gives a flavour of the enthusiasm, character and hard work of the team. Congratulations to all!

CHS 4 – Bishop Luffa 1

CHS showed determination from the opening whistle and came close to scoring in the opening minute. Not long after the start Alex Halfacree thought he had opened the scoring, but his goal was disallowed as it was deemed to have been at a dangerous height. The CHS team kept up their pressure with the centre combination of Alex Pendle, Callum Peyman and Alex Halfacree combined well and dominated the game. Their dominance was rewarded when an attacking move caused confusion in the Bishop Luffa defence and they put the ball into the back of their own net. Freddie White worked hard up front alongside Ollie Summerill and they kept the ball in the danger areas, forcing Luffa onto the back foot. As the game progressed, Luffa played themselves into the game and put together some good attacking moves. They came close to scoring, but Luke Denyer was on hand to deny them their equailser and some solid defensive play from Josh Parker, Callum Ayling and Jack Jones saw the first half end with CHS maintaining a slender lead.

The second half started at the same frenetic pace with the play fluctuating between both sides. Alex Pendle stepped up the pace and went on an attacking run fairly early on in the second half. He broke through Luffa’s resilient defence and unleashed a reverse stick strike into the roof of the net, giving CHS a 2-0 lead. Luffa bounced back from this and went on the attack themselves. Denyer made a couple of fine saves, but a flick into the back of the net after a goal mouth scramble gave them a deserved goal. CHS sensed this was the time to step up their game and Pendle’s penetrating run gave Theo Batchelor the ball in front of goal. His first time strike beat the approaching keeper and CHS extended their lead once again. Their fourth goal came fairly quickly after another penetrating run from Alex Pendle saw him strike the ball firmly into the bottom corner. Bishop Luffa were in disarray and struggled to string together any meaningful attacks. At 4-1, CHS played around with different formations and Oscar Hanson came close to scoring on his debut for the team.

This was an excellent performance from the team, beating an opposition, that on paper, were stronger and the more likely to win the encounter as they boast a vast number of club players. Our team played as a team and their hard work at training paid off.

Team: Luke Denyer, Josh Parker, Callum Ayling, Callum Peyman, Jack Jones, Alex Pendle, Freddie White, Ollie Summerill, Alex Halfacree, Theo Batchelor, Juste Balkyte, Cameron Smith, Harvey Henson, Oscar Henson, Jared Burgess and Cameron McManus

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