The Hampshire regional qualifier was once again hosted by Bedales School on a pleasant October day. The tournament was enjoyed by seven participating schools: Bedales, Churcher’s College, Stroud, Portsmouth GS, Twyford, The Pilgrims’ and Downsend.
The schools played in a round robin format with each school playing six fixtures. After three rounds Downsend, The Pilgrims’ and Churcher’s College were all yet to drop points and only The Pilgrims’ had conceded a goal. With all three teams yet to play each other the final three rounds of fixtures were set to be exciting affairs. Downsend beat The Pilgrims’ 5-3 after two late goals and Churcher’s College continued their form to beat Stroud. In their penultimate game Downsend and Churcher’s College faced each other knowing that the winners would go into the final game top of the group. In a tight contest a single goal separated the two sides with Churcher’s College coming out on top, whilst The Pilgrim’s drew 3-3 with hosts, Bedales. In the final games, Churcher’s faced The Pilgrims’ needing a draw to secure victory, but The Pilgrims’ impressive play saw them come out 3-1 winners. Downsend faced Twyford and needed a win to still be in with a chance of claiming the title. They put in a determined performance and ran out 5-0 winners. This left Churcher’s College and Downsend finishing the day with 15 points each. However, with an impressive goal difference of +28 it was Downsend who claimed the Hampshire title and can now look forward to the National Finals in May 2020.
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