Oakham School girls claim fifth straight county title

Oakham School winning hockey teams. From left, back, Penny Skipper, Evie Drew, Francesca Lang, Ellie Watson, Millie Smith, Alice Huddlestone, Katie Cooil, Ella Brahmachari, Charlotte Gregg. Front, Maddie Pearce, Annie Dalton, Ella Measom, Amelia Wilson (captain), Jessica Compton, Emma Dalton, Ali Eatch EMN-141014-114816001

Oakham School winning hockey teams. From left, back, Penny Skipper, Evie Drew, Francesca Lang, Ellie Watson, Millie Smith, Alice Huddlestone, Katie Cooil, Ella Brahmachari, Charlotte Gregg. Front, Maddie Pearce, Annie Dalton, Ella Measom, Amelia Wilson (captain), Jessica Compton, Emma Dalton, Ali Eatch EMN-141014-114816001

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Oakham School’s First XI Girls Hockey team have taken home the County Cup for the fifth year in a row.

In this first stage of the national tournament, the team were up against local rivals Uppingham, Loughborough High School, Ratcliffe College and Leicester Grammar School.

The girls, ably led by captain Amelia Wilson, put on a fantastic performance at Leicester Grammar School, conceding just one goal throughout the whole afternoon.

In their first match, against Loughborough High School, they showed some impressive defensive play, with goalkeeper Jessica Compton making two first-class saves.

The team was dominant throughout, comprehensively beating their contenders 1-0.

The team looked very comfortable in their subsequent matches against Uppingham and Ratcliffe, triumphing 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.

In the last match against Leicester Grammar School, the opposition put up a good fight, but Oakham proved their strength, resulting in a 4-1 victory.

Oakham School director of hockey Ashley Denham said: “To be crowned County hockey champions five years in a row is a testament to the level of hockey being taught at Oakham.

“This really is an impressive feat.”

The next stage for the girls will be the zonal tournament, where they will play against nearby counties to represent the Midlands.