RYDAL Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay is celebrating yet more hockey success after its under-18 boys’ team clinched a regional title to book its place in the national finals.

It has been a strong start to the season for the group, who brought its skills and teamwork on considerably under the guidance of coach Dan Rippon.

This is despite the significant lack of activity in the last two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This was another outstanding performance at the Eryri Championships, which began with a convincing 3-0 victory against nearby Ysgol Eirias thanks to a polished display.

Some accomplished approach play and attacking prowess throughout led to goals from Wales’ under-18 international Alex Starling, Laurence Richardson and Jonathan Osbourne giving Rydal Penrhos a commanding advantage they were able to take through to the final whistle.


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The school’s young hockey stars then came up against Ysgol Uwchradd Llanidloes High School, looking to extend their unbeaten record - something they were able to do once again with more efficiency in front of goal to secure another 3-0 triumph.

Not only did the Rydal Penrhos team defend well and control possession throughout, but they also took full advantage of chances thanks to strikes from Alex, Laurence and Jonathan to secure the title.

The newly crowned Eryri champions will now head off to the Welsh School’s National Finals on Tuesday 5 April, where they will look to add to the school’s rich and proud history of hockey achievements.