Having qualified from the Kent County Finals and then winning the South Regional Finals, the team of local boys were excited to be representing the school at the National Finals.
In a tough format, the only route to the Final was via topping a group of five teams, resulting in some very tight and tense games against much larger schools from across the country. Showing great teamwork and commitment, the boys overcame strong competition to qualify for the Final, with outstanding goal keeping by Andrew Dolan and clinical goal scoring by team captain, Ben Young, proving pivotal.
The Final was against Dean Close School in Cheltenham. With five minutes to go, the score was 0-0 with both sides creating good chances, but St Lawrence broke the deadlock through a well-executed drag flick from Ben Young. This led to a very nervy final few minutes but St Lawrence were able to hold on and became National Schools’ Champions 2017.
The school has always enjoyed a proud tradition of hockey success, spanning the last 130 years, but this is the first time in its recent history that anyone can recall winning a national title, making the success all the sweeter.
Principal, Antony Spencer, commented: “This is an incredible performance, not just for our school but for Ramsgate and Kent, to have a local side named as the top in the country. Credit must go to the boys for all their hard work in training and matches, to the very experienced coaches who have trained them, and with thanks to our local hockey clubs, Canterbury and Cliftonville, that we work alongside to provide excellent sporting opportunities for young people.”