Talented youngsters from Belper Hockey Club have been enjoying a very successful time of it at a pair of end-of-season tournaments.
Last Sunday, the Belper HC U14 girls took part in the Ashby end-of-season tournament.
With so much enthusiasm and commitment being shown, the club was able to enter two teams. All the girls worked very hard and played well in unusually warm weather for hockey.
The A team kept the tension levels high as they drew their semi-final against Leicester Ladies and the match went to penalty flicks.
Belper kept their nerve with both great flicks and tremendous saves and moved onto playing Lichfield in the final, a repeat of the Burton tournament a few weeks before.
Keeping supporters’ blood pressures high, they again drew a very close match in the final and went straight into more penalty flicks.
Further tension followed and Belper were again victorious, showing great mental strength to be crowned as overall winners.
Then, on the Saturday just gone, Belper U14 girls entered two teams into the final, end-of-season tournament, held at Lutterworth.
The competition took the form of a round robin and, after a strong and impressive performance, the Belper A team were the clear winners, having won all their games.
This completed a trio of successes, with the Belper U14 A team winning all three of the recent, end-of-season tournaments, held at Burton, Ashby and Lutterworth!
Not to be outdone, the Belper Hockey Club boys entered the under 12s section of the Ashby seven-a-side hockey tournament.
This mixed U10 and U12 squad won all four of their pool matches to go into the semi-finals as pool winners and meet old rivals Burton.
A tightly fought game ended in a draw and was eventually decided by some well-taken penalty flicks and great saves from their excellent keeper.
The final against Leicester was an exciting end-to-end game which resulted in a much deserved 3-2 victory to Belper.
The club would like to say well done to all the players who helped round off the season on such a high note.