Internationals galore down at Bretton Gate

Sam Anderson (left) and Oscar Sadikot.

Sam Anderson (left) and Oscar Sadikot.

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City of Peterborough can boast international-standard players of all ages.

Veteran Adam Drake helped England reach the final of the European Masters Over 40s event in St Albans last weekend, and this week teenagers Sam Anderson and Oscar Sadikot are representing England in the ‘Sainsbury’s School Games’ in Manchester.

The School Games is a multi-sports event held between September 3-6.

The City pair, who are both 17, have been selected through the ‘England Single System’ and will compete against Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland in an Under 18 tournament.

Both players are graduates of City’s outstanding junior set-up. Anderson attends Thomas Deacon Academy and Sadikot is at Jack Hunt.

Drake also started as a junior at the Bretton-Gate based club and went on to win England Under 21 honours. He played in last weekend’s Masters event which ended for England in a 4-1 final defeat at the hands of a slick Holland side.

City’s first XI enjoyed a friendly romp last weekend when they hammered Midlands Premier Division side Rugby & East Warwickshire 8-2 at Bretton Gate.

Cameron Heald, Joe Finding and Nathan Foad each scored twice for City, while Adam Wilson and man-of-the match Alex Armstrong also hit the target.

Sadikot played in a makeshift back four which performed well.

This weekend City contest the PLUM tournament - a tough event organised by Premier League umpires - at the Olympic Park, Lea Valley and Old Loughtonians Hockey Club.

City play Rugby, again, and York on Saturday at Lea Valley and Old Watsonians (Scotland) and Oxford Hawks at Old Loughtonians on Sunday.