Juniors finish with bronze at nationals

Fareham under-18s came third in the National Plate finals at the weekend
Fareham under-18s came third in the National Plate finals at the weekend
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Fareham under-18s finished their junior careers with a bronze medal from the England Hockey National Plate finals on Sunday.

The youngsters were beaten 2-1 in their semi-final against Surbiton but then won an exciting penalty shootout with Windermere.

The tournament, which was held at the Olympic Park, also marked the squad’s final game together as they move out of the age group and embark on senior hockey.

Colin Bradbury, who has coached the boys since they were 14, said: ‘It was a fantastic experience despite the horrible weather. Winning the Windermere game on penalty strokes really made their day.

‘It was a great way to finish off their junior hockey careers.

‘They’ve played five really competitive games against opponents they wouldn’t normally play against and they have finished third.’

Surbiton established a 2-0 lead in the semi-final but Harry Lemon reduced the deficit, bundling in a rebound from a penalty-corner save.

A superb first-half performance saw Fareham go 2-0 up in their third-place play-off against Windermere, with both goals scored by Cameron Duncan.

However, Windermere pegged them back to 2-2 to take the game to penalty strokes.

Fareham won 4-2, with goalkeeper Phil Horn saving two Windermere penalties.

Lemon, Duncan, Chris Tagg and Luke Cornish all converted for Fareham to ensure they won some silverware in their last match together.

FAREHAM: Luke Cornish, Nick Gatenby, George Davey, Ali Watson, Phil Horton, David Roche, Roshan Laly, Murray Watson, Ross Mcdonald, Cameron Duncan, Archie Day, Chris Tagg, Tom Larcombe (captain), Jamie Young, Harry Stamper, Harry Lemon