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School pupils and staff help spur Eirias Hockey Club to Victory


November 15, 2023 - 402 views

Talented pupils and staff at a Colwyn Bay school have recently played an important part in the success of their local hockey club.

Last Sunday, Rydal Penrhos pupils Fflur Pierce, Lily Copeland, Charlotte Payne, and Year 6 teacher Mrs Pyves travelled down to South Wales to play for Eirias Hockey Club Ladies’ 1st XI against Welsh National League Division One side Newcastle Emlyn in the Welsh Trophy.

Against all the odds, Eirias Hockey Club pulled off an upset 1-0 victory. What made the feat even more incredible is that the team travelled with just twelve players – eight of them under the age of 17.

Playing against a seasoned Welsh National League side, containing many experienced senior players, this was a memorable and impressive win.

 Mrs Pyves, who was last year named Conwy Coach of the Year, put in a very impressive performance during the match, proving an excellent role model for the pupils.

All four also played against Whitchurch on Saturday with Eve Durrans, Lily Davies, and Prep School staff member Ffion Jones, daughter of Dawn Jones. They won 7-2 with both Lily and Charlotte finding the net.

Unfortunately, during the course of play, Ffion suffered an injury chasing a ball at full speed trying to win back possession. 

Eirias Hockey Club are currently second in the North West Women’s Division 3 West. A spokesperson for the school said: "We are always immensely proud to learn about our pupil and staff’s sporting achievements and look forward to reporting on further club and national team successes in the future."