Recently, we hosted our annual U10/U11/U12 tournament with a record number of entries. Sixty-three squads entered from all over the county – coming from as far a field as Tameside and Bury in the North and Poole in Dorset from the South. The weather held out and it was a fantastic day of netball, a tribute to the organisers, the teams, their coaches and supporters.
In the U10 section, which was a round robin, Turnford entered 3 teams. The U10 A and B squads as well as our fantastic U9 A squad. It was a fantastic first introduction to the Turnford tournament for the U9A and U10B squads and both showed great skills and team dynamics.
The U10 A squad but in a fantastic effort and won 11 of their 12 matches. They secured strong wins against: AP Saints, Durham, MK Netters, Brentwood, Crosskeys, Tegate Merlins, Turnford U10b, Turnford U9a, Poole, Hornets, and Tameside. They lost only one match all day, to eventual winners YWCA Bury.
Turnford U10 were worthy runners-up in their first ever Seven a-side tournament. All members of the squad showed skill and determination the whole day and proved that they will be a team to watch over the coming years.
Squad: Keira, Hanel, Darcie, Anna, Sienna, Brooke, Olivia, Alice
Turnford entered 3 teams in the U11 section.
The B and C teams played some excellent netball with the B squad missing going through to the semi final section by 1 goal. The C team won matches 9-1 and 4-1 but lost a few by small margins. But with each game they gained more experience.
The A team played 7 in the group drawing one and winning the rest convincingly. The quarter final was against Hatfield and then the semi against Tegate. Wins in both matches put us through to a final against Hertford Hornets – a rematch of last years final. But the girls were determined and after a shaky start they came back from behind and won the match 7 – 5. A strong all round display of mature netball from Turnfords U11 A team. and Players of the tournament went to:
C team Indya Bowmaker,
B team Frankie Horncastle
A team Mia Cannington
Coach Lyn Cole stated how proud she was of each and every player.
The day started with a bang as the A team stepped on to court to face Wodson Park in their first match. The girls played quick netball and took the match 20-0. Other group games included victories over Bury, Kent, Essex, ASCO and MK Netters and the squad won their group with ease.
In the quarter finals, they came up against local rivals Hornets, and after a close start, they pulled ahead to take the game 11-3. The semi-final saw a match up against Essex Open but fantastic team play saw the girls take the game 11-1.
The final was against Bury who they had played earlier in the day, but the squad were taking no prisoners and again showed maturity in their play, outclassing Bury and taking the game 12-3.
Squad: Sophie Lennon, Abi Hockney, Bella Baylis, Hannah Parkinson, Emily Squires, Neave Wilson, Mia Andrews and Peace Akinyemi
The B team had a mixed day of results coming up against some tough opposition in their group, and narrowly missed out on a quarter final place.
Squad: Marcie Howell, Zoe Wood, Holly May, Polly Watson, Elena Davies, Ellen McGuigan, Grace Best, Megan Whiten, Nina Morjaria and Isabelle Henn
Coach Natalie Richardson stated how excited she was at the prospects for the future of this young talented squad
A huge thanks to all the teams that attended from all over the country – there is nothing better than an extended netball family! We would also like to thank everyone that helped put this event on, from umpires, to table officials, to BBQ and stall runners and all volunteers- we could not do it without you! See you soon at the Turnford U16 Tournament.