One of four children of the late Freddie Jakob (Crowden, 1953) to go to Cranbrook, Peter was Captain of the School Hockey team in his last year. At the end of the season his coach, David Firminger, wrote “his attacking flair was always in evidence where he has speed, control and shooting power and in defence he was always reliable and creative”. He played in many school matches at school, county and divisional level to achieve his selection as reserve for the England Schools XI and then as a member of an England Schools group (The Dragons) which toured Kenya.
Fast forward to June 2014...
Peter has not lost touch with the game of hockey. He was a member of the Over 55s England Team, which won the Gold Medal in the World Masters competition held over 12 days in Rotterdam alongside the main World Cup, which was being staged in The Hague.
The team won their group conceding just one goal and scoring 18 thus progressing to play a very physical and uncompromising Australian side, who were co-favourites with England, in the semi- final. England achieved a convincing 3 - 1 victory.
England then played the host country, Holland, in the final. In a hard fought match the score after full time was 1 - 1 but England were awarded the Gold Medal after winning the penalty shuttles 4 - 2! (See note below).
Peter played centre half and right midfield and is hoping to play in the next world cup in Australia in 2016.
Note: Penalty shuttles or shoot-out.
The attacker starts on the 23-metre line with the ball and the goalkeeper starts on the goal line. When the whistle is blown, both can move and the attacker has 8 seconds to score a goal.
The penalty shoot-out uses five players chosen from each team against a goalkeeper.
It is a best-of-five competition and, if scores are tied at the end of this, it progresses to sudden-death with the same players until a winner is established.