Whitgift continued their annual hosting of the Boys U16/U18 Schools’ National Indoor Championship, held between 15-17 January 2016. The U16s, who had narrowly missed out on a semi-final place by just one goal the previous year, had a fantastic competition. The squad defeated Norwich School, Thirsk School, Repton School and South Dartmoor Community College, in the pool matches. The final was played against a strong Worksop College side, who, for long periods of the game, were very much in contention. A strong Whitgift second-half performance saw the team proclaimed national indoor champions.

Dr Karl Stagno, Whitgift’s Head of Hockey, commented, “In recent years, Whitgift’s indoor hockey programme has yielded some spectacular results – four national U18 titles in five years! Nonetheless, the U16 title has been somewhat more elusive. This year’s U16 team were determined to claim this title. They knew this was not an easy prospect and prepared themselves with great diligence and endeavour. The team sailed through their pool, with four wins out of four, nineteen goals scored, and only one conceded. The other pool saw Worksop come out on top ahead of Trinity School, meaning we faced our Croydon neighbours in the semi-final.  The squad beat Trinity 4-1, and prepared for the final versus Worksop, who had edged Repton 3-1. Whitgift proved unstoppable in the final, with a 5-1 win, thanks to goals from Upper Fifth Formers Finley Newton (2), Tom Rhodes, Scott Jones and William Butler Denby.”

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