Stockport Grammar School pupil Lauren Hunt from Heaton Moor, has cause for celebration as she is part of the hockey team that has reached the National Finals for the fourth successive year. Lauren was also part of the England U18 team that secured third place at the European Youth Championships last year.
Stockport Grammar School’s 1st XI hockey team sailed through the qualifying rounds unbeaten, scoring 60 goals. The girls defeated Altrincham Grammar, Cheadle Hulme, Withington Girls, and Loreto Grammar in the Greater Manchester Round before facing Kirkham Grammar, Queen Elizabeth Grammar, Merchant Taylors’, and Kings Chester in the North West Round.
In the North semi-final, the girls again came up against Altrincham Grammar, where a determined and resilient effort saw them earn a 3-0 victory. Then in the North final against GSAL, with the score tied and full time drawing near, the SGS girls found one last burst of adrenaline, scoring the goal that confirmed their place in the National Finals which take place on the 1st and 2nd March.
Head of Hockey Miss Sharon Withington added: “This is the fourth consecutive year that we have reached the National Finals and I think that this is the biggest achievement. The girls put in so much effort and determination, and showed real grit throughout the Greater Manchester, North West and North rounds to ensure qualification and they fully deserve this.”
The team will be bidding to emulate their 2015 success, when they beat Cranleigh 1-0 to be crowned National Champions.