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Primary schools tournament is organised by Spalding Hockey Club





More than 150 youngsters took part in the third of five primary schools tournaments organised by Spalding Hockey Club.

Nineteen teams from 13 primary schools participated in the tournament that took place at Glen Park in Surfleet.

The games were once again excellently controlled by teenage umpires from Spalding Hockey Club.

Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson

The teams were divided into four graded leagues - advanced for the most experienced, intermediate and two beginners competitions.

In the advanced league, the two top teams from tournament two, Monkshouse and Tower Road A, battled out the opening game which ended in a stalemate.

The Boston based team then went on to win their other two matches after beating Ayscoughfee A (2-0) and John Harrox A (3-0) to top the table.

Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson

Monkshouse went down in a rare defeat to John Harrox A (3-0) before bouncing back to beat Ayscoughfee A (2-0) in their closing game to finish in second position.

Tower Road showed their strength in depth as the B team took the honours with a clean sweep in the intermediate league.

Four straight wins over St John's (1-0), St Thomas's (3-0), Gosberton Academy A (3-0) and St Norbert's (4-0) saw them win the league in style.

Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson

Newly promoted Gosberton Academy A showed that they have the potential to do well at this level after finishing in the runner-up slot with wins over St Norbert's (2-1) and St Thomas's (2-1) while being held to a goalless draw by St John's.

Peterborough based Eye Primary impressed in the beginner A league with wins over Tower Road C (3-0), Surfleet Primary (3-0) and Gosberton Risegate (1-0) and were only denied a clean sweep after being held to a goalless draw by a determined Pinchbeck East team.

Gosberton Risegate once again showed great fight throughout and, with 1-0 wins over Surfleet Primary and Tower Road C and a goalless draw with Pinchbeck East, claimed the second place spot.

Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson
Action from the primary schools hockey tournament. Photo: Nigel Cookson

Spalding Parish were much too strong for the other teams in the beginner B league and won all four of their games by beating Tower Road D (2-0), John Harrox B (7-0), Gosberton Academy B (5-0) and Ayscoughfee B (1-0) to earn promotion to the higher leagues for tournament four.

Tower Road D made it a good day for the school by ending in second place.

Two tournaments remain with tournament four scheduled for Friday, March 15, and the finals on Friday, May 3.



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