Havant youngsters going for county and national glory

Havant under-14 squad
Havant under-14 squad
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Havant under-14s are in the running for both county and national glory within the next 10 days.

The youngsters will be hoping to continue their winning streak in the Hampshire Cup when they take on Bournemouth in the final on Monday (midday).

They will then battle it out to be national champions in the England Hockey national finale five days later at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Olympic Park.

The junior side qualified to be among the top-eight under-14 teams in the country after winning their regional final in Bath.

Two quick goals from man-of-the-match Finn Eastwood saw Havant beat a strong Reading side 2-1 in the opening game.

They beat Taunton Vale 4-0 thanks to goals from Matt Cottrell, Eastwood, Louis Wrenn and Ollie Reed.

Another commanding performance from the whole team led to a 3-0 win in the final match against Bath Buccaneers with goals from Cottrell, George Whelan and Nick Walters.

Coach Craig Stevens said: ‘The boys have worked really hard this year and it’s a real achievement to be able to go to both the Hampshire Cup and the national finals.

‘This is the first year England Hockey have staged the national finals at the Olympic Park. It will be great to lead the boys out at the Olympic Hockey Stadium.

‘I am immensely proud of them all and expect them to do extremely well.

‘They have come on so much this season and fully deserve their place in the finals. Lots of teams will be scared to meet us in the finals.’

Havant’s under-16s will also be in action on Hampshire finals day on Monday – the boys will play Bournemouth (10.45am), while the girls take on Trojans (9.30am).