Successful hockey tournament hopes to become an annual event

PUBLISHED: 17:16 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:16 29 March 2016

The winning St Albans team in the U18 Invitational tournament, with GB's Ellie Watton. Picture: CHRIS HOBSON

The winning St Albans team in the U18 Invitational tournament, with GB's Ellie Watton. Picture: CHRIS HOBSON

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An inaugural schools hockey tournament has been declared a success - with the hope being it becomes an annual event.

St Albans Hockey Club hosted the U18 Schools Invitational Tournament with eight teams spread across both a boys’ and girls’ competition.

The four boys teams, St Albans School, Aldenham School, Dame Alice Owen’s and St Albans HC, and the four girls teams, two from Queenswood, Dame Alice Owen’s & St Albans HC, took part in a 7-a-side round robin competition for the trophies.

With a fantastic standard on show from all concerned, St Albans School took the glory in the boys event while hosts St Albans HC were victorious in the girls.

The afternoon had began with an hour long coaching masterclass led by England & GB Team Manager and GB Indoor Head coach Andy Halliday, England & GB players Hannah McLeod and Ellie Watton, as well as former England U21 player Martin Scanlon.

Event organiser Dan Klinger said: “It was great to see over 80 hockey players taking part in the club’s first school’s event.

“I would like to thank all of the teams for taking part, the umpires who gave up their time and all of the people from St Albans HC for their support with the day.

“We plan to make this an annual event and hope it will grow year on year.”

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