This Sunday, in exceptionally windy conditions, Turnford U14 and U16 Nationals Squads headed to Wodson Park to begin their nationals campaigns with the Herts County Championships. And they begun those campaigns in exceptional style with both teams defeating every opponent put in front of them, emerging Double County Champs. We are exceptionally proud of all the girls and cannot wait for the next step in the Road To Nationals which will be the East Regional round in March 2016.
U14 Match Report from Coach Carole Titmuss:
Turnford U14s were excited to be present at this round of the national club pathway. It had been a while since they had played their own age group having tested their skills, in recent months, at a much higher level of quality senior games. The score lines showed just how much this young squad had improved.
Despite the gusty winds the shooters faired well against the elements. Their first match against Hatfield resulted in a confident win 14:4, Next up was Asco and again a vast goal difference with another win for Turnford 17:3. The defence of Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Maddie March, Freya Keohane and Frankie Baylis made turnaround after turnaround allowing the solid centre court of Megan Thomas, Courtney Ferns and Bella Baylis to feed their shooting circle with skill and maturity.
Next up came Hertford Hornets and Turnford took the win 18:1 followed by wins against Abbey Flyers 14:2, and Crosskeys 13:4. Shooters Evie Pringle and Sienna Rushton slotted them in, with ease, one after the other gaining a total of 77 goals during the tournament and the defence only allowing 14 against them.
Coach Carole Titmuss said, “Praise must be given to the whole squad for their focus throughout the day. I’m so proud of every single one of them and look forward to the next round where they will represent Hertfordshire at regional level to be held in Norfolk in March 2016.”
U16 Match Report from Coach Kathryn Titmuss:
Our U16 squad were excited to compete in the first stage of the Nationals this weekend. They squad of 12 had 6 games standing between them and the County title. With many of the players being from the U15 squad we knew we had a challenge ahead of us.
They had a great start to the day with a 13-1 win over Abbey Flyers soon followed with a 10-5 win vs Hertford Hornets. At this stage of the day the winds had really started to pick up and it took some perfect timing from shooters Andriana Robinson, Emily Sabatino and Lucy Milberry to take the win against Crosskeys 4-3.
Next up was Asco who found it hard to combat the strong Turnford attack and with constant turnovers from Zara Everitt and Ella Warmerdam Turnford put another win under their belt. Turnford were also able to secure confident wins over their last two opponents winning 12-4 against Hatfield and 13-0 against Kardale.
Coach Kathryn Titmuss said “I was delighted with every player of this squad who all took to court and played to the game plan. I was delighted that both the U16’s and U14’s finished the day undefeated and look forward to seeing these super squads in the next stage”.