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Girls stick in to earn High marks; GRASSROOTS SPORT PICTURE SPECIAL FOCUSING ON HOCKEY.

CENTRAL Newcastle High School's senior hockey team dished out the stick - to end the season with four trophies.

The girls squad claimed the Under-18 County Tournament Championship, the Senior Team Championship, the County Knockout Cup and the Tyne and Wear Championship.

Central High played Duchess Community High School, Alnwick, in the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup and dominated the whole game, Vicky Johnson scoring a hattrick in the 7-0 success.

That win took them through to play King Edward's School, Morpeth in the final.

Again Central dominated, captain Alicia Lauckner netting three times with further strikes from Kathleen Griffin, Danielle Spears and Vicky Johnson sealing a 6-0 triumph.

In the last four of the Tyne and Wear Knockout Cup, Cental High faced Emmanuel College.

Central High took the lead through Lauckner and Johnson, but two quick breaks saw Emmanuel equalise against the run of play with final score being 2-2.

It then went to penalty flicks - taken by Kathleen Griffin, Lauckner, Jo Richardson, Sally Cervenak and Johnson and then went to sudden-death flicks.

Griffin scored and after another great stretched save from goalkeeper Ruth Breslin, Central High finally won 1-0 to take them through to the final against Kings.

Despite a slow start, Central raised their game in the decider with Rachael Wilkes notching twice before half-time.

Central dominated the second half with Kings hardly penetrating their attacking half.

It was not long before Danielle Spears slotted a well-placed ball past the goalkeeper to make the final score 3-0.

NORTH Shields Hockey Club looked back wth satisfaction on a successful season at their annual meeting.

Club chairman David Yellowley said: "While our men's first XI narrowly missed out on promotion for a second year, our other teams have built upon previous feats.

"We want to maintain our focus on developing junior participation andmaintain our position as having the most affordable membership and match fees in the region."

The day also saw a game between the club chairman's XI and secretary's XI.

New signing Daniel Jones, Mark Harrison and Adam Lough had put the chairman's team into a commanding 3-0 lead. The secretary's XI pulled back the deficit with goals from Roger Browne (2) and Conway.

The meeting was followed by the club's annual presentation at the Bell and Bucket pub.

Award winners included man/woman of the match (awarded by the opposition after each game), which went to Richy Foster (first XI), Jordan Bell (second XI), and Nikki Rippon (ladies XI).

Several newcomers were also honoured, including Niall Piper, Mark Yeoman and Vicky Meaby.

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CLASS ACT: The East Herrington Primary School squad (above) which won the Tyne and Wear School Sports Partnership's hockey tournament; IN HIGH SPIRITS: Central High's all-conquering senior girls' hockey team celebrates its success of the season just ended with teacher Jackie Hodgson; PROGRESS: North Shields chairman David Yellowly
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2008
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