On Thursday 09 February, Bedford Modern School entered its first ever junior boys’ team to the Bedfordshire hockey county finals. This is a sport that is growing in popularity at the Junior School and the boys were keen to emulate some of the success the girls have recently enjoyed.
Junior School teacher Chris Barrow, who runs BMJS Social Junior Hockey, reports: “It was a cold evening and despite their lack of game experience, BMJS played some fantastic hockey. In the first game they created plenty of chances against a determined and athletic Goldington Academy team. However they fell behind to a very well-worked goal so they needed to respond. The second half saw the team become a little more cohesive and they scored the goal that saw them draw.
“The boys then went on to play Bedford School who were kindly hosting the tournament. They had real energy and manufactured plenty of openings. However it was not until the second half that they finally got their reward for playing fast and fluid hockey when they breached the defence and scored the opener.
“The boys continued to pile on the pressure late in the second half and just before the final whistle the second and decisive goal was scored.
“I’m so pleased for the boys. They approached the tournament in a positive manner and really came together as a unit. I hope they continue to enjoy the sport and go on to further success at school and club level.”
The team now qualify for the next round and the regionals.