Fiona Crace spoke of her pride after Sudbury Hockey Club Under-14 Girls returned from France as European tournament champions.
Sudbury won the EuroLuc Hockey Festival in Lille over the half-term week, seeing off the challenge of much larger clubs from Belgium, France and the UK, many of whom had four girls’ teams to select from.
“The ultimate prize could not have gone to a more deserving and determined team of girls, who trained hard all through the summer so they could be on top form for the start of the hockey season,” said the girl’s manager Crace.
“They also did lots of fund-raising to pay for the majority of the trip and were a delightful group to take to France.
“Myself and coach Mark Dudley were extremely proud of them all and thrilled to bring the silverware back to Sudbury.”
Sudbury beat Richmond (1-0, Katie Crace), Old Loughtonians (2-1, Chloe Redgrove and Susie Wright) a Brussells-based Belgium side (1-0, Chloe Redgrave) went through on goal difference after a 1-1 semi-final and then beat Old Loughtonians again in the final (1-0 Susie Wright).
n In the Men’s East League Division Two North, Sudbury beat Newmarket 4-3 at Great Cornard to move into the safety of mid-table.
Two goals in quick succession from stalwart Leigh Bevan and Sam Renshaw, on his league debut, gave Sudbury a well-earned 2-0 lead before Newmarket went on to score three goals by half-time.
A team effort after the break secured the points though with goals from Renshaw and Will Fisher.
n Sudbury III were beaten 6-1 at North Walsham II in East Men’s League Division Five North East, with captain Graeme Ferguson scoring their only goal.
n Sudbury IV thrashed Norfolk Nomads II 9-1 in East Men’s League Division Four with Callum Rolfe on fire up front, ending with a hat-trick.
Returning brothers James and Alistair Ward scored three, with other goals coming from Phil Bonner, Will Beven and an own goal.
n In the Suffolk Women’s Premier League, Sudbury II lost 3-2 at Ipswich after going in at the break 3-1 down.
But after a better display in the second half saw Maris Munro awarded the player-of-the-match for an oustanding display in defence.