Last Sunday Turnford’s U14s and U16s attended the Bedfordshire Academy for the Regional round of the National Club Championships. Despite the horrific weather Turnford were able to take home the winners trophies in both age groups.
In the U14 section Turnford had a fantastic morning. Despite crazy weather the girls were able to adapt their play and apply themselves in every game. With the superb shooting of Emily Sabatino, Andriana Robinson and Abbie Bromley, Turnford were able to take impressive wins over their opponents in the group rounds, with big wins of 15-4 against Cranfield, 15-3 against Norfolk, 11-1 against Thetford, 6-1 against Conquerors and 15-1 against Co-Jags.
The quarter finals took a similar path with a huge win of 24-1 against Saffron Hawks. Then onto the semis against Chelmsford, Turnford took a while to settle and allowed their opponents a three goal lead. But with outstanding defence from Busola Femi-Gureje and Lucy Millbery they were able to pull themselves back into the game, taking the win 7-4. The finals were another nail biter facing fellow Hertfordshire team ASCO. The game again went to extra time but with Turnford proving, once more, their control under pressure -took the win 7-6 and the East Region Championship title. Coach, Kathryn Titmuss was delighted with their play and focus in very extreme weather conditions and they will travel to Newcastle for their finals on 23rd/24th May.
SQUAD: Busola Femi-Gureje, Ella Warmerdan, Lucy Millbery, Nikki Skinner, Evie Herrick, Katy Harris, Katherine Wingfield, Abbie Bromley, Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Andriana Robinson, Emily Sabatino
In the U16 section there was no club that could match the incredible class of the Turnford side. Turnford scored 147 goals with only 28 against them. In their rounds they took Conquerors 24-9, Wyvern Grangers 19-7, Norfolk United 24-2 and Saffron Hawks 16-2. In the quarter finals they were placed against Westoning but once again they were no match for this exceptional Turnford side and Turnford breezed into the semi finals 27-1. They once again met Conquerors but again Turnford took the game 19-5, this led them into the finals where they met the strong side of Eastwood from Essex. But not strong enough, with the excellent defending of Niamh Burns, Zara Everitt, Abigail Hackett and Rebecca Palmer, making many turnarounds to feed the centre court of Esme Scott Hewitt, Izzy Stibbs and Georgia Satwick to allow the shooters, Georgina Fisher, Jasmine Bowman and Emily Carrington to convert goal after goal. With the final score of 17-3, allowing Turnford to take the Championship title.
Coach, Carole Titmuss, stated how proud she was of every single player and they will now look forward to the finals on May 2nd and 3rd which will be held in Redbridge.
The whole club is incredibly proud of both squads and will be cheering them on at NATIONALS!