The nation’s top under 18 Hockey players descended on Loughborough University to battle it for the top spot; and although there was plenty of stand-out talent (who could forget the Red’s Thomas Russell scoring two goals in 60 seconds!) the Hockey competition was undeniably won by team England Blue.

As both the girls and boys team clinched the gold, England Blue took to the pitch time and time again to provide exhilarating and impressive performances.

The Blue girls dominated the pitch against Scotland and England White, winning both matches 5-0, and showed the crowds their determination by pipping Ulster and England Red to the post, with 1-0 and 3-2 wins respectively.

Post-game, Hannah de Selincourt, who captained the England Blue Girls’ team, said:

“We kept improving as the games went on. I think we were working well as a team, consistently aiming to get better every time.”

The boys arguably put on the best performance of the Hockey competition; winning against England White with an astounding 7-1 win, as well as a tidy 4-2 win again Ulster with Ellis Owen hitting the back of the net twice.

Of his performance at the tournament, Ellis said:

“I felt on good form throughout the tournament. The team gelled well and played great together. The atmosphere across the Loughborough campus has been fantastic, we are all really chuffed to have been able to take part in the School Games.”

With a 2-1 win against England Red and a tight 4-4 draw with Scotland, the Blue boys really knew how to keep the crowd on their toes.

We can’t wait to see the UK’s upcoming Hockey stars hitting the pitch again this summer, and with alumni like Olympic gold medallists Lily Owsley and Georgie Twigg, we’re looking forward to watching our future Hockey legends shape their own legacies.