Boys and Girls Bring Home Hopbel Hockey Tour Cups

Over the Michaelmas half term Princethorpe’s U15 Boys and U14 Girls hockey teams travelled to the Netherlands for the first leg of this year’s annual Hockey Tour. The exchange trip, organised by the Princethorpe Sports department, is a regular item in the school’s calendar, and over the years thousands of pupils have participated in the hockey training camp and enjoyed the opportunity to experience another country and culture.

The five-day tour had an early start and a long day of travel on Saturday 20 October but the journey passed quickly thanks to some excellent singing. On arrival at De Hopbel Hockey Club the tour party were greeted warmly and whisked away by their Dutch host families to enjoy such traditional family delights as ‘Dutch pancakes’.

In addition to three days of training and tour matches the pupils and their hosts managed to squeeze in plenty of fun, including a fantastic trip to PSV Eindhoven, where the pupils got to see the team preparing for their Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur, as well as climbing, bike riding, visits to ice cream parlours and the chance to explore the cobbled streets of local town, Den Bosch.

The girls team played a series of matches against De Hopbel teams whilst the boys faced De Hopel, Den Bosch and then Sint Oedenrode. All the extra coaching and practice proved very profitable, with the boys remaining unbeaten on tour, with results of 8-1, 8-4 and 12-1 and the girls’ team doing nearly as well with match results of 12-0, 4-2, 3-1 and 0-2.

Princethorpe College was delighted to take home both the Boys’ and Girls’ Cups and team captains, Jess Mackenzie and Tom Palmer, were pleased to accept them on behalf of all of the players.

Director of Sport, Neil McCollin, commented, “We have had another very successful hockey tour and I am very proud of all our pupils. They made the most of the intensive coaching sessions, played skilfully and gained a good insight into how another country plays the game. All in all, they represented the College superbly.”

Princethorpe looks forward to welcoming our Dutch friends back once again in the Trinity Term for the return leg of the tour.

Huge thanks go to all the staff involved in supporting and running the hockey tour: Jen Law, Neil McCollin, Emma Nobes and Paul Whitehead.

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