Hempstead off to winning start

Photo courtesy of Medway MessengerHempstead Junior School got off to a great start to this year’s series by celebrating victory at the Mini Youth Games Hockey Tournament.

More than 200 children from 23 Medway primary schools took to the pitches of Holcombe Hockey Club on Wednesday, 28 September for the first event of the 2011/12 MYG calendar. 

Each team played eight games during the day and in a thrilling day of competition Hempstead Junior School were unbeaten in all matches to clinch the title.  The second and third place result came down to a nail bitingly close goal difference, seeing St Margaret’s take second and Miers Court Primary School a very close third place.

The top eight teams from this event have qualified to our Night of Champions next February as part of the Medway Festival of Sport 2012, to compete for the right to be crowned Medway Primary Schools Hockey Champion 2012.

Qualifying school teams include the top three schools and Lordswood Junior School, Horsted Primary School, Balfour Junior School, Warren Wood Primary and Allhallows Primary School.

A major focus of all MYG events is on participation and sportsmanship, and the team from Halling Primary School were awarded the fair play trophy. Allhallows Primary School , was the best-placed small school.

Medway Council Sports Development Officer John Hatchett said: “This was a great event to start off the 2011/12 season and there was a good, friendly competition atmosphere throughout the day.

“It is exciting to see who reached the top eight and qualified for our champions event in February, where the competition will be strongly contested with such good sporting schools involved.

We would like to thank hosts Holcombe Hockey Club for their support of the day and the volunteers from local schools and clubs that helped make this a fantastic first event.”

The MYG is a multi-sport programme of events run through the school year for all Medway primary schools. 

It forms part of the Medway Games series organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team with the support of Medway’s two school sports partnerships, national governing bodies, local sports clubs and leisure facilities. Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Mini Youth Games title.

If you are interested in joining a local hockey club, getting involved in the sport or finding out more about Mini Youth Games, visit the sports development pages.

For more information on getting involved with the Mini Youth Games programme contact John Hatchett on 01634 338763.

Photos courtesy of Medway Messenger. To order your copy of photos from this event visit the photosales section of the Medway Messenger website.


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