HOCKEY: Luton youngsters impress

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The annual Luton Town Hockey Club junior tournament was held on Sunday.

In the U8s competition, 14 teams took part as Luton won four of their group games, beating Tring, Bedford, Aylesbury and Letchworth IIs, narrowly losing 3-2 to Shefford and Sandy.

They reached the semi-finals, where they went down 3-0 to Letchworth to face Tring IIs in the third/fourth match, which they won to take the bronze.

Luton’s team: George Dobson, Antonio Katsiansis, Ryan Siddons, Seb Singh Brar, Charlie Ryan.

At U10 level, Luton won three of their group games, just losing out 1-0 to Bedford IIs as they came runners-up.

This meant they faced Leighton Buzzard IIs in the semi-finals, enjoying a resounding 7-0 victory.

On reaching the final, Luton came then came up against Bedford IIs again.

Determined to avenge their earlier defeat, Luton came out on top 3-1 to triumph.

Luton’s team: Tom Quested, Safa Haq, Kate Starkey, James Small, Katie Behrens, Zack Grinsted, Indiana D’Cruz, Jack Ryan, Tom Ryan.

In a round robin U12 competition, Luton were up against six other local clubs, and won one game, drew three and lost two to finish in fourth.

Luton’s team: Lauren Harper, Emma Halsey, Zain Haroon, Hasnain Zaidi, Sami Haroon, Olivia Sturrock, Maisie Johnston, Antonio Katsiansis.