A SOUTH Derbyshire school has reached the finals in three national sporting competitions – and carried off two of the top titles at stake.
Repton School is widely recognised as one of the country’s best on the outdoor hockey pitch, but success indoors has not been so prolific.
But teams from the top independent school have now changed that, with the girls’ under-16 and under-18 teams each victorious at the National Indoor Hockey Finals 2013 while the under-16 boys finished as runners-up.
The girls were up against the nation’s top 10 teams at Bromsgrove after each won their places through a series of regional competitionss. Repton’s U16s won every one of their first round matches except the one against 2012 winners Coopers Co and Coborn.
Revenge was sweet in the competition final when the two teams met again and Repton took the title with a resounding 5–0 victory.
The under-18 girls had to fight their way through to the semi-final and their penultimate match went to nail-biting penalty flicks – with Repton captain Katie Hopkisson firing the decisive winner. Repton had a slightly easier ride in the final, beating Dean Close 4-2.
The boys’ Indoor National Finals took place at Whitgift School in South Croydon. And over two days Repton under-16s battled their way through to the final.
Repton won their group in convincing fashion and at the end of a 0-0 semi final against Ipswich emulated the under-18 Girls by winning through on penalty flicks.
The final proved one step too far with Exeter Boys coming out on top 3-1.
Martin Jones, Repton School director of hockey, said: “The competitions saw some outstanding performances and all three teams should be very proud of what they achieved.
“The last occasion that we were National U16 Indoor Champions was in 2006 when subsequent Olympians Georgie Twigg and Charlotte Craddock were squad members.
“The 2013 Repton teams produced some hockey of which our GB stars would be proud.”