Four Pelicans Hockey Club girls starred for the Norfolk under 13 team who were crowned regional champions .
Poppy Beales (left wing) scored six goals, Izzy Pope (centre forward) four goals, with sterling work in midfield from Ellie Padmore and strong defence from Emily Pluck.
The County U13 Girls Championships Final was held at Redbridge in Essex with temperatures hitting 28 degrees.
Norfolk started well with convincing wins over Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire and coming back from a goal down to win against Cambridgeshire. In the first half Essex pressed high against Norfolk and scored the vital goal. Norfolk had the majority of the second half but couldn’t find an equaliser.
In the last two back to back games the team came from a goal down to win against Bedfordshire in dramatic fashion late on and then won against Suffolk.
Results: Lincolnshire: win 3-0 (Poppy Beales x2, Izzy Pope). Hertfordshire: win 3-0 (Beales/Pope/Rosie Ringer). Cambridgeshire: win 2-1 (Beales/Pope). Essex: lost 0-1. Bedfordshire: won 3-2 (Beales/Pope/Maddy Reynolds). Suffolk: won 2-1 (Beales/Reynolds).
The winners weren’t known until they were announced at the presentation as both Essex and Norfolk had the same points and the same goal difference, however Norfolk won the trophy as they had scored more goals (13).