Every year Turnford enter into the Pontins Brean Sands tournament. It’s a long journey but its worth it for what really is the strongest tournament in the country. Its also a huge amount of fun for the girls and an opportunity to bond, laugh and play some serious netball. The event is played over 2 weekends, the first being for U11-U13 and the second U14 to U16.
This year Turnford had an exceptional series of results with silverware in 3 ages groups.
In the U11 section Turnford were represented by an A and B squad. The B team played some excellent netball throughout the whole weekend but were not able to overcome the strong opposition of Oldham in the semi final and lost 5:1.
The A team made their way to the final but they too had to face the strong opposition Of Oldham and had to be content with the runners up cup losing 10:6.
Millie Rutherford was the player of the U11 tournament making many interceptions during the weekend.
Coach Lyn Cole stated how proud she was of both squads and was looking forward to meeting Oldham at the Nottingham tournament in September where she hoped to reverse the scoreline.
In the U14 section five of the top 6 placed teams from nationals were participating including Eagles, Tameside, Bury, MK Netters, alongside other exceptionally strong teams such as Oldham. All clubs were keen to prove their positions as the best in the country.
Turnford were totally focused all weekend – working hard for themselves and most importantly each other. Through the group stages on day one they beat Swan 7:1, Hornets 8:6, Rushmoor 17:5, Flames 15:2, Jellies, 10:1, BreakAways 13:6, BoldMere 18:0 and Woodley 10:5. This put the squad through to the Cup stage on day two as group winners.
On day 2 they met with MK Netters and in a close encounter took the game 8:7, Next up Hornets which Turnford took 16:3 and finally Eagles (who were 3rd in the National finals weekend) and Turnford took the match 11:6.
Now through to the Quarter finals against Conquerors from Essex. Some excellent centre court play from Megan Thomas, Courtney Ferns and Bella Baylis feeding the shooting circle of Evie Pringle and Sienna Rushton allowing them to take advantage of the opportunities given Turnford took the win 13:5.
A very exciting match against Oldham in the semi Final leaving Turnford trailing behind 7:3 at half time. Coach Carole Titmuss made crucial changes and with some strong defending from Freya Keohane, Frankie Baylis, Tobi Tunuefa and Jasmine Harvey-Stone the match was won 10:8.
The final beckoned and once again Turnford met up with MK Netters. This time Turnford were calm, showing their accurate passing and movement skills. No mistakes were shown in this game and Turnford lifted the winners cup 8:4. A display all around were honoured to view.
Carole said she was excited about the prospects for the U16 nationals for this squad in two years time.
The squad consisted of Evie Pringle, Sienna Rushton, Bella Baylis, Courtney Ferns, Megan Thomas, Frankie Baylis (Captain), Maddie March, Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Tobi Unuefa, Freya Keohane and Katherine Wingfield.
An awesome job was done by the u15s at Pontins this weekend. They faced seven teams in their groups and kicked started the day with a big #WIN of 14-2 against Midlands team, Ryland. They girls played with outstanding rhythm and it was clear that this squad had their defensive skills on point, only conceding 11 goals in their first six matches and scoring 58.
Their final group match was to be their toughest as they were up against West Bromwich, also undefeated in their section. The calm focused approach from the squad proved they were not going to be rattled, with a 11-7 #WIN they finished Day 1 with a clean sweep.
Day 2 was to be a tougher day. They were up against other qualifying teams and fatigue from the nine players started to show. Small errors crept into their game and the squad scraped through qualifying games with one or two goals in it. But none the less it was enough for them to make the semi final where they beat Asco and then onto the final.
Turnford for the second time this season met Northern rivals Tameside. Unfortunately the squad just did not put the performance out that they had on the first day. Errors were capitalised on by a focussed Tameside squad and a frustrated Turnford side were made to settle for the Silver losing 7:4
Overall a fantastic weekend for all of the Turnford squads and we cannot wait to return next year!