For the fourth year in succession Martongate Primary School’s Under 11 boys hockey team played at the North of England finals.
Only eight schools qualified for the regional National Mini Hockey Championships, and the Bridlington team were only beaten once as they finished joint fifth at Leeds University.
Martongate drew their first game 0-0 against Breck School from Poulton-Le-Fylde in Lancashire. Next up were Cheadle Hulme School from Cheshire and with theboys starting to work effectively as a team, supporting one another, they managed a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Sam Flowerdew.
In the final game of the pool stage they lined up against St Olaves School from York and it proved to be the toughest test of their journey so far, and resulted in a 2-0 defeat.
That meant martongate narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals and instead, they took on Kirkham Grammar School, from Lancashire, for fifth place but after a very evenly balanced game the final whistle went with the game still goalless.
Assistant headteacher Di Levitt, who coaches the team, said: “Once again the school will lose six out of the squad of this year to secondary school.
“We hope they keep playing hockey as they all have an enormous amount of talent in the sport. They have, after all, reached the top competition for their age group and have been fantastic ambassadors for the sport and their school.”
Mrs Levitt had been unable to lead the team in the North East of England finals, because she was playing for England Masters in France.
However, her son James stepped up and guided the boys cmfortably through the qualifying event at St Olaves School.
Eight teams from the North East competed in two leagues. Martongate’s first match was against Malsis School, from Skipton in North Yorkshire, which they drew 1-1 with a goal from Flowerdew.
They then took to the field against Silcoates School and beat them 1-0, with Flowerdew on target again.
The third and final game of the pool was against St Michael’s RC Primary School, in Durham.
It was a keenly contested match but neither side could capitalise on their attacks, resulting in a 0-0 draw.
At the end of the pool matches Martongate were the winners of their pool and automatically qualified for
the next round in Leeds, but their final game of the day was for the top spot was against Red House School and Ryan Langham scored the only goal of the game.
Mrs Levitt said: “James has helped coach the boys all season and he stepped up to the challenge and did a brilliant job inspiring the boys to play hockey of a very high standard which enabled them to gain such a high level of success.”
The squad was Joshua Brown, Sam Flowerdew, Frankie Gascoigne, Kieran Jordan, Ryan Langham, Oliver Manson, Jed Oyston, Kieran Scotter, William Webb and Cameron Wilson