In my earlier Super Sunday Post I promised a more detailed report on the Thurrock Junior Tournament. So here it is…
“A team with a star player is a good team, a team without one is a great team…”
On Sunday Six Turnford teams from U10 to U16 participated in the Thurrock Junior Tournament – winning in an outstanding FIVE age groups. How did this happen? No superstars – teams of great players, working together, having fun and believing they can win.
This was the first U10 tournament the squad had attended and it looks like Turnford will have another age group to be reckoned with. They took the matches Manor U10 2-2, Poole U10 won 4-0, Bears U10 won 15-0, Flames U11 0-0 Manor U11 won 3-2. This was a round robin and Turnford U10 were overall CHAMPIONS.
Squad: Lili Andrews, Tilly Barnard, Ellie lane, player of the tournament Mia Hannington, Georgie woods, Bobbi Bell, Ella March, Amber Clark, Libby Hicks
The u11s took to the court in fine form with a convincing victory, 12-0 over Poole Rubies in their first game. Their tough defence, quick attacking play and determination to win resulted in further victories over Bears, 18-0, Brookshaw, 13-0, Flames 16-0, and Manor 9-0. Their final game was against Poole Gems and once again Turnford were unstoppable with numerous turnovers in defence and excellent shooting from Abbie Hockney, Zoe Wood and Bella Baylis, converting their shooting opportunities to win the game 12-0. Again this was a round robin tournament and Turnford U11s were the overall CHAMPIONS and did not concede a single goal all day.
Players of the tournament were Sophie Lennon for fantastic defence and Hannah Parkinson for her excellent vision into the shooting circle. Squad: Zoe Wood, Abbie Hockney, Bella Baylis, Hannah Parkinson, Emily Squires, Neave Wilson, Sophie Lennon, Mia Andrews, Peace Akinyemi
This talented young squad continue in their fight to slay all before them. They work hard, encouraging each other with every pass or intercept. In their group stages the strong defence of Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Maddie March, Frankie Baylis and Laura Dynia allowed only 7 goals against them beating Brentwood 8-2, New Campbell 14-1, Poole Emeralds 10-1, Flames 3-1, ASCO 14-1, Essex Open Blue 7-1. These turnarounds allowed the speed of the centre court of Megan Thomas, Katherine Wingfield and Courtney Ferns to pass well into the the attacking circle allowing the shooters to convert the many opportunities. This put them through to the semi finals
where they met up with Essex Open A but once again the squad focused and fought hard to take the match 8:1. They met up with Manor in the final and they had to dig deep to stay in front. Excellent centre court play from Wingfield helped them to gain a 6:4 win.
The U14s saw a mixed day, flashes of brilliance mixed with unforced errors but dug deep when it really mattered to win.
First game ended with a good win despite far too many unforced errors. Good wins in next two games, getting into their game but not really tested. They beat Norfolk 9-4 Civil service 16-0, Bears 11-1.
Essex Open prove much tougher opposition. Turnford took a good lead but a change by Essex at half time put the pressure on and forced the errors from us. They took the match 6:5. A great performance v Asco, knowing that only a win would do to get through; The team grew into the game and got stronger and more confident as the match went on.
The Semi v Manor saw far too many unforced errors in the first half but a hugely characterful turnaround to pull back a 4 goal deficit to take the game to golden goal and seal the win.
The Final was another meeting with Essex Open, a scrappy but well contested end to end match with our girls edging a 4:3 win. Immense performances from Lucy Millbery at GK and insightful consistency from Evie Herrick at WA made them players of the day. The squad consisted of Emily Sabatino, Andriana Robinson, Evie Herrick, Katie Harris, Nikki Skinner, Queenie Pearce, Busola Femi-Gureje and Lucy Mulberry
The U16s took this tournament as a warm up to their pending nationals in November and albeit they were missing shooter Georgina Fisher who was in Hartlepool with the national squad, Jasmine Bowman and Esme Scott Hewitt recovering from injuries. They none the less proved a fource to be reckoned with working hard to gain wins in their rounds against Norfolk 14:7, Manor 12:1, Essex Open 7-6, ASCO 15:2, Brentwood 12-1, Crosskeys 8-6 and Civil Service 14:0.
The team met with Conquerors in the semi finals taking the match 7:5 Allowing the squad to meet once again with Crosskeys in the finals. This time the Turnford squad were ready to take on the 6ft shooter and the excellent defending of Niamh Burns, Abi Hackett and Abi Berry made many turnarounds allowing the centre court of Rebecca Palmer, Izzy Stibbs to feed well into the shooters. Players of the match were Georgia Satwick and Emily Carrington and Turnford took the final 9:3.
Squad: Emily Carrington, Charlotte Boyle, Georgia Satwick, Rebecca Palmer, Izzy Stibbs, Abi Berry, Abi Hackett and Niamh Burns.