The annual Ron Easton Hockey Tournament was held at the Eastbourne College pitches last Saturday with Eastbourne teams were entered in both U10 and U12 girls, U10 and U12 boys groups.
The U10 girls were outstanding from start to finish and a true credit to the sport and the club.
Within the first minute of the first game against East Grinstead, Mimi Wilton with the helpful aid of Amelia Tait, had Eastbourne 1-0 up. Three more goals from Mimi secured the full points and an impressive 4-0 win.
In the second game, against Lewes, Eastbourne had lovely play from Juliette Zeilmaker and Rosie Clay out on the wings feeding Mimi, super striker, who scored a further four goals.
Lulu Flowers, the goalkeeper, made a couple of great saves but Lewes squeezed one past her for a token goal the final score being 4-1.
The third game had better team play with great work from Jasmine Wright and Daisy Pitman. Great skill, running and determination had Amelia scoring and Juliette one with Mimi denied her goal on the final whistle.
The fourth game was always going to be tough as Mid Sussex had beaten Eastbourne earlier in the season.
The girls were fired up and knew what they had to do. A tactical formation change had the team defending well with excellent play from Megan Linden, Emily May, Lulu and Jasmine.
Eastbourne were chasing after a couple of minutes and all parents were going weak at the knees with the excitement and adrenalin.
Mimi was on fire and stole the ball from midfield and ran it through the defence to equalise. The girls rose to the occasion and fed the ball out of their D, Lulu remaining strong.
Mimi secured a second goal and the whole team fought hard to keep ahead finally winning 2-1 in a very close, hard -fought match.
Finally they faced Burgess Hill who, to Eastbourne’s surprise, scored within a few minutes. The elated team found themselves behind and had to step up a gear. But small change had them back on track and they fought hard, passed well and showed real spirit, scoring two goals to win 2-1 . It was about wanting to win together - a brilliant performance from the entire squad. As Eastbourne won all their games they claimed the shield and a medal for each player.