Parmiter's School's first XI hockey team have qualified for the national finals where they will represent the East of England.

Their journey first began at the county tournament where they qualified as winners after a very tense penalty shoot-out.

They then represented Hertfordshire at Section B of the regional tournaments. Here, they beat Cranbrook School, Wisbech School, Norwich School and then the Royal School in the final.

Subsequently, the High Elms Lane school's team qualified for the East of England finals that took place on November 19.

Here, the best four teams in the East of England would battle it out in a round-robin tournament with the top two teams qualifying.

In their first game against Cranbrook School, they found themselves 2-0 down at half-time.

With five minutes to go, Parmiter's won a penalty corner which Gaby Holland converted. Then, at the final whistle, Parmiter's won another short corner, which Abi Holland placed skilfully past the keeper, resulting in a well-deserved draw.

In the next game, they played Bancroft School and, despite some excellent play, they lost 1-0.

Partimer’s went into the final game knowing that a win would be enough for them to qualify.

Again, they found themselves 2-0 down at half time. However, the second half saw some excellent grit and determination - and a superb penalty save by Mia Brown - and they converted three short corners thanks to Gaby and Abi Holland.

The whole team played superbly throughout the day and will represent the East of England in the National finals on March 3, 2020.

The tournament will take place at the Olympic Park, on the very same pitch that Great Britain won gold in the 2012 Olympic Games.