The junior season each year always opens with a much anticipated trip to the Nottingham Junior Tournament and the 2014/15 season is no exception. Turnford took U11s, U12s, U13s, U14s and U15s to the annual Nottingham tournament last weekend and were delighted to return home having obtained silverware in two age groups.
The U12s played well but had to contend with fourth position with the U14s gaining third place and the U15 reaching the Cup section of the draw.
U11s – WINNERS
It was an impressive start to the weekend for the U11s with a victory over Northern rivals Oldham, 6-3. The U11s played some excellent netball on the first day, and with fantastic defence from Sophie Lennon and Mia Andrews, no other team was able to score against them.
The girls went into the second day with a huge goal difference advantage and again faced Oldham first thing. The game was much tighter, with Oldham leading at half time. Changes in defence and some sharper attacking play from Turnford meant again they came out on top 5-4. They secured victories over Ribble Valley 13-0, Nottingham City, 19-0, Oaksway 15-0, Parkside, 13-0 and Durham 14-0 to take first place.
Squad: Zoe Wood, Abbie Hockney, Bella Baylis, Hannah Parkinson, Emily Squires, Tianna Quartey, Neave Wilson, Mia Andrews, Sophie Lennon and Peace Akinyemi.
U13s – RUNNERS-UP
The U13 squad played seven matches on the first day. The first match was against Oldham and as hard as Turnford fought, Oldham took the game 8:6. The rest of the day was plain sailing for this talented side with Turnford’s focus and determination and excellent defending from Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Maddie March and Frankie Baylis making many turnarounds, they had convincing wins against Poole 6:1, Parkside 8:0, Barr Beacon 15:0. Ribble Valley 7:2, Durham 13:0 and Trafford 5:4. This put the squad in the cup section on the following day.
This tournament is indeed one of the strongest in the country with the very best clubs taking part. The first match against the tough Northern side Bury was taken by Turnford 7:5. With considerable intensity from the centre court of Courtney Ferns, Katherine Wingfield and Megan Thomas, they fed well into shooters, Sienna Rushton and Evie Pringle, allowing them to convert the opportunities given and Turnford took the following matches against Essex 7:2, Brentwood 10:4, Crosskeys 12:1 Trafford 7:3 and a very pleasing draw against Oldham 6:6. Sadly the the final match against Tameside, albeit with a demonstration of feisty and determined play from Turnford throughout the court, Tameside took the game 8:7 and Turnford had to be content with the runner up position.
Congratulations and well done to all participating teams. Here’s to a fantastic season!
Pic shows U11 and U13 squads