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Marlow HC goalkeeper Will Hunter awarded Leap Talented Athlete Bursary

Will Hunter of Sir Williams Borlase’s Grammar School has been awarded a Leap Talented Athlete Bursary for his hockey achievements.

The year 12 pupil is a talented goalkeeper with Marlow Hockey Club and has also done a huge amount of volunteering as a young leader, bringing on the next generation of players. He was presented with his bursary at Bisham Abbey last week.

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The Marlow u10s boys’ were runners-up on goal difference in the Bucks Cup and qualify for the regional finals.

On Thursday the boys u16s beat Wycombe u16s in the National KO Cup and advance to the next round.

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Marlow’s 1st team played some of their best hockey this season as they overcame a disciplined Oxford University 2nds team with a 2-1 win.

The narrow scoreline hardly did justice to their performance but goals from Chris Sutton and Luke Stone at least provided the side with a victory to keep them in third place, just one point behind Amersham & Chalfont. They’ve also narrowed the gap on leaders Reading 2nds who could only draw.

Marlow’s 2nd team made amends for a 7-1 loss to Banbury 2nds earlier in the season, coming through for a well-deserved 2-1 win.

They took the lead through Jacob Gunn and, although Banbury pressed higher in the second half and managed an equaliser, they were undone when Mav Girn’s strike from just inside the D found its way into the net via a deflection. Banbury protested the goal believing it had hit a Marlow foot en route to goal, but the umpires allowed it to stand. Men’s other results saw the 3rds lose 4-1 at Windsor 1sts, the 4ths beat Leighton Buzzard 2nds 1-0, the 6ths lose 1-0 to Wycombe 5ths at home and the Strollers beat Camberley Owls 2-0 which sees the veterans qualify for the East/West finals day of the Southern Counties Hockey Conference.

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Marlow Ladies 1sts were frustrated as they went down 1-0 at Spencers 1sts. Marlow tested the Spencers keeper on several occasions but just couldn’t find a way past her. The sides switch places in South League Division 1 with Marlow dropping down to seventh, one point above Maidenhead.

Other Ladies results saw the 2nds draw 0-0 with Maidenhead 2nds, the 3rds lose 1-0 at home to Sonning 2nds, the 4ths beat Windsor’s first team 4-0 and the 5ths beat Oxford Hawks 6ths 7-2 away. The 6ths were also 2-1 winners at Thame 4ths.

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