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Ellesmere College’s unbeaten girls’ hockey squad conceded only one goal on their way to being crowned U18 Shropshire Champions.

In a tense round robin tournament, Ellesmere held firm against Shrewsbury Sixth Form winning 6-0 with a hat trick from Tilly Walker, and further goals from Rosie Andrews, Lottie and Caro Hulme.

Ellesmere drew 1-1 with Wrekin College with a brace from Caro Hulme. With goalkeeper, Elena Bateman, fiercely guarding the net, her almost impregnable defence defied opposition once they had possession.

Captain Smilla Linne said: “We are so pleased to be county champions. All of the girls played really well and we now look forward to representing the county in the next round of matches”.

Predictably the toughest draws came against Moreton Hall, whom they beat 2-0 with goals from Rosie Andrews and Tilly Walker but, with Ellesmere’s squad championing home based internationals and regional players, depth of quality was on their side.

Ellesmere took the edge to be crowned U18 county champions, beating William Brookes 5-0 with Caro Hulme, Rosie Andrews, Lottie Hulme and Tilly Walker on the score sheet.

PE teacher Rebecca Morris said: “This newly formed squad has immense potential as we now go into the Midlands Zone Championships in November. We’ve got time to build on what we have achieved and knowing the girls they will be determined not to lose”.