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This weekend the Juniors of Turnford were out in force for the first tournaments of the season. Having put in the hard work through a cold winter, the players, parents and coaches were hoping for some great play – and they were well rewarded.

Kicking off with the CD Phoenix tournament on Saturday, the U14’s and coach Kathryn Titmuss were flying the lone flag for Turnford due to league commitments for the other teams. The U14’s did not let us down – in a round robin tournament they were unbeaten in all 10 of their matches – winning 9 and drawing 1 and scoring over 100 goals in the process.

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Then, on Sunday, it was on to the Crosskeys tournament in Harlow. Here, the Turnford Juniors were out in force with teams representing the U11, U12, U13 a & b , U14 and U15. It has been said that ‘Talent Wins Games, but Teamwork Wins Tournaments’ and the Turnford teams embodied this today. Everyone worked hard, but most importantly they worked for each other. We were also proud to see parents and players out supporting Turnford teams other than their own.

This teamwork and determination paid off and Turnford came away winning the U11, U13 and U14 sections. The U12s were also worthy runners up.

The U11 and U13 a teams both won every single one of their games throughout the day including great finals.

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The U14s won all but one of their games when they lost to Manor in the group rounds. However, the two teams met again in the final and Turnford were able to avenge that loss winning 7-5.

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(sorry for the blurry pic – photographer was shaking with excitement!!)

And finally, the U12s lost to the most narrow of margins in their final – after drawing the game they went down on golden goal. Don’t worry girls – we know you are going to see tournament victories this season!

Well done to all the Turnford Juniors that played today. Huge thanks also to the coaches that gave their time over the weekend and to the parents that got up super early, made packed lunches, and shouted themselves hoarse courtside. EVERYONE’s HARD WORK PAYS OFF.

Let me leave you with this happy pic of our fab girls sat together for the prize giving – Work hard, Intensity, Never give up!

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