Ben Wright, former Framlingham College 1st XI Captain in 2010 and 2011, has been recruited to coach hockey at the College.
Ben played for Harleston Magpies for three years in the National League East Conference and in the season of 2011-2012 he was one of the youngest players ever to score fifteen goals in a season. After this success he was scouted for the 2012-2013 season to play for Southgate Hockey Club in north London in the National Premier League where he has played alongside the likes of Chris Hibbert, a former South African Captain, and Dan Shingles, who played for England and Great Britain.
To have a current National Premier League player coaching at the College is excellent, bringing current ideas to our hockey practices, and we are lucky to have someone of this caliber working for us.
Below: Ben pictured scoring against Ipswich School in February 2011.
The 1st XI girls hockey team put on a stunning display on a freezing cold and wet day in Norwich yesterday (Tuesday, 6th November) to qualify for the Regional finals which are to be held on the 27th November.
The girls played three pool matches and the results were as follows: 3-0 victory over Wymondham College (Kitty McWhirter, Jas Lawson, Eve Lawson), 1-1 draw with Bishop Stortford College (Kitty McWhirter) and a resounding 5-0 winagainst Bedford Girls School (Bridget Weller-Poley, Lottie Nickson, Kitty McWhirter x2, Jas Lawson).
The team progressed through the group as winners and had to play the strong Coopers’ Company and Coburn School in the final match. The girls played outstanding hockey, winning 5-0 (Kitty McWhirter x4, Amy Hulley pictured) to progress to the East of England Regional Finals.
On Thursday evening the 1st XI girls played in the County Hockey Tournament held at the College. A grueling night of hockey was endured, with four games of seventeen and a half minutes each way from 5.00pm to 9.30pm.
The girls’ first game was against Ipswich School, and after a slow start they started to play some superb hockey using the space and playing with width, vision and determination. After we had taken the lead Ipswich hit back with two goals, but this did not stop the girls, and they quickly got back to 2-2. With two minutes of the game remaining, Framlingham attacked hard down the right hand side and the cross was met in the middle by Kitty McWhirter, who managed to create some space to strike the winner into the right hand corner to win the game 3-2. This result gave the girls the belief and confidence to go on to play some excellent hockey. The next game against Culford was won 3-0, followed by beating RHS 2-0. The evening was finished off by defeating Woodbridge 3-0. All sixteen girls played a huge part in this tournament and should be congratulated on their success in becoming County Champions. They now go through to the Regional qualifiers after Half Term.
Director of Sport, Simon Sinclair said, “Our Head of Hockey, Jamie Kingstone, and the girls should be extremely proud of this success. They have come a long way in the last six weeks and showed that by playing with structure and as a team brings success. Some of the hockey was outstanding, and the performance against Ipswich School is probably the best performance I have seen in school sport.”
Kitty McWhirter (above) and Saffron Wilford (below) have been selected to represent the Saxon Tigers at the upcoming ‘Futures Cup Competition’ during half term. They will travel to Cannock Hockey Club with the hope of winning the tournament and catching the England U18 and U16 selectors eyes at the same time. Kitty (Y12) has already represented both England U16 and U18s, but is hoping to book her place in this years European squad. Saffron (Y11) will have her first opportunity to impress. All at the College wish them well for the tournament.
Last weekend saw a very close fought set of fixtures with Bishop Stortford school. There was some success for the senior teams and some battling performances from the juniors. The 1st XI shared the spoils in an 8 goal thriller, securing a last ditch equaliser to draw a game that had looked lost at 4-3 down. The goals came from forwards Kirsten Damant, Jasmine Lawson and Kitty McWhirter (2). The 2nd XI won 2-0 with goals from Karen Li and Emma Owen. There were victories also for the 3rd and 4th XIs. The junior teams had much tougher afternoons with the U14 A team battling to a 0-0 draw. The U14 B, U15 A and U15 B all lost out to strong Bishop Stortford teams.
This weekend sees the girls compete for the inter-house crown from 12.45pm on Inskips.
Back Row: Lottie Nickson, Kitty McWhirter, Jamie Kingstone (Head of Hockey). Front Row: Saffron Wilford, Flora McWhirter
Framlingham College girls enjoyed a successful weekend of Hockey against Wymondham College with the 1st XI winning 7-0 with hat-tricks from Lottie Nickson and Kitty McWhirter. Lottie is enjoying her first season in the 1st XI whilst still only in year 11, and Kitty, who is new to the College, currently represents England U18’s. The 2nd XI also had a convincing 7-0 victory. The u15A team drew 2-2 with a notable performance from Beatriz Losada. The u14A team enjoyed another excellent victory this week and Flora McWhirter scored the third hat trick of the weekend in the team’s 4-0 victory.
Lottie Nickson (Y11), Kitty McWhirter (Y12) and Saffron Wilford (Y11) have all been selected for the Bury tigers playing in a tournament this weekend at Redbridge, Essex. From that tournament they may get selected for the prestigious Saxon tigers teams at Futures Cup which takes place in October/November half term, this tournament features the nations top junior talent so we wish our girls the very best in their quest for selection.
Jamie Kingstone, Head of Hockey
Framlingham College’s Senior Deputy Head and double Olympian, Susan Webber shared her experiences and highlights of her participation at the Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) Olympic Games, when she captained the South Africa ladies hockey team.
Susan, who joined the College in September 2011, provided an insight into what it took to get to the top of her game as an international sportswoman from the age of seventeen.
Susan described her top two career highlights as meeting Nelson Mandela and stepping out into the Sydney Olympic Stadium in front of 90,000 people. Susan talked in depth about how she was able to transfer her skills from international sport into a career in teaching. The audience listened intently and Susan finished with a question and answer session.
A fantastic evening was had by all and it was great to hear that Susan will be taking on a corporate hospitality role at London 2012 in the summer.
Much of the spectacular success Framlingham College Hockey has enjoyed in recent years should be credited to the enthusiasm and expertise of Head Hockey Coach and Director of Sport, Jon Slay. His job has been made very much easier this year, however, with the completion of a second floodlit astro-turf and the arrival on the staff of former South African Hockey international and double Olympian, Susan Webber. Moreover, the College coaching team will be strengthened further still in September, when centrally contracted England U18 Coach, Jamie Kingstone, takes over as ‘Head of Hockey’.