(Photo credit: Herts Mercury Sport)
The weekend of 12th March was set to be a big one in Turnford’s calendar. With both U14 and U16 battling it out at the East Regional Round of National Club Champs and the Prem One team having their final match of the 2015/2016 season (And coach/player Ann-Marie Dwyer’s final match) – there was a lot on the line for the club.
You’ll know from our earlier post that the juniors did their job and won their regional round in both categories in glorious style. Which meant it was down to their role models to round out the perfect weekend for the club – no pressure then!
Ending the Prem 1 season with a W.I.N
And so, we travel back to Turnford’s home ground Wodson Park where Turnford took on Leeds. Missing several starting players due to Superleague and National Clubs meant the black and yellow side had further opportunities for their up and coming Regional athletes (Georgia Satwick, Abi Naugher, Aimee Hatley and Laura O’Mahony) to gain Prem 1 court time. This was also to be the swan song of Turnford player/coach Ann-Marie Dwyer who has been at the club since she was 8 years old. (Editor’s note: We are only willing to believe its Amo’s last game FOR NOW – we hope for a guest appearance or two at some point in the future!!!!)
A tightly contested 1st quarter saw both sides go goal for goal, the Turnford shooters of Dwyer and Fisher were on fire with a 100% quarter. A middle quarter dip with some connection errors saw the lead change hands, however pressure applied from Naugher, Skinsley and O’Mahony won back ball as Turnford regained the lead, finishing the quarter 14-12.
Turnford started the quarter strong as they extended their lead with some precision passing form Sims, however a mid quarter dip again saw the lead exchange. Gulvin responded with several interceptions as the team regained their composure and had 2 runs of three goals in the last 5 minutes, taking the quarter 11-10.
The introduction of Satwick saw a much more connected attacking quarter. Satwick had great availability for centre passes and was easily able to find Fisher, who had another 100% shooting quarter. Hatley was able to turn over ball in the defending third and linked well with Gulvin to ensure smooth passage of the ball down court. A much better attacking quarter saw the quarter end 16-10.
As the game drew to a close, the Turnford side lacked the speed of movement and ball they had shown in the previous quarter and despite many turnovers from the circle defence of Skinsley and O’Mahony Leeds took the last quarter 8-9.
Final Score 49-41
Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We are very happy to finish the season with a win. It was again great to see our Regional Squad athletes out on court and having a real impact. Emily continues to improve every time she plays at this level, and missing a few of our key players she really stepped up to the mark. It was great to see not only here speed in attack but also her tenacity to win ball. It’s been a great season and although tinged with sadness as we lose Amo, I’m really pleased we can go out on a high for her. We finish in 5th position (2 places higher than last season) and on more points. I’m excited for the upcoming seasons as this squad continues to grow and develop.”
Player of the Match: Emily Gulvin
Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, Georgina Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Georgia Satwick, Abi Naugher, Aimee Hatley, Laura O’Mahony, Bea Skinsley.
Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dywer.