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Sunday 13th March 2016 was set to be a big day for Turnford Netball Club. The last Prem One match of the season & U14/U16 East Regional Round of National Club Champs. In true Turnford Family style, all teams were sending each other support before and during the day and willing each other to bring home the W.I.N.

The first result completed in the Turnford Trifecta was the Prem One match and the team got us off to a great start with a WIN – more to come on that in a later post. And so the scene was set for the U14 & U16 girls to follow in the footsteps of their Turnford role models.

East Regional Club Champs – Reports by Coaches Kathryn Titmuss and Carole Titmuss

The U16 and U14 Turnford squads travelled to Ipswich this weekend to once again claim the title of East Regional champions. Both squads had to finish top two in the groups to qualify for the semi finals and a chance at National Finals.

U16s

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The U16’s had six other teams in their group. First up was Ipswich ladies. With outstanding defence of Busola Femi-Gueje, Zara Everitt and Ella Warmerdan the opposition failed to put a score on the board in the first half. A confident start and all eleven players taking to court Turnford got their first #WIN in the bag 16-2. Much of the same to follow for this powerful squad and with outstanding shooting from Andriana Robinson, Lucy Milberry and Emily Sabatino they got the results to show for it. 18-4 against Star, 11-7 against Conquerors, 23-2 against Leighton Buzzard, 19-1 against Saffron Hawks.

The final group game was to be the toughest as Norfolk United had also not lost a game. Despite the awesome feeds of Abbie Bromley and Katie Harris, the black and yellow side fell short of their clean sweep and finished second in their group after a close 6-7 defeat. This meant they drew local rivals Asco in the semi finals. Once again the outstanding defence of Nikki Skinner and the strong drives to top of the circle from Alicia Mulholland meant we were able to take the game 9-7.

Now for the finals and time to regain their title of Regional Champions having already secured a place in National Finals. They once again met Norfolk United. This time with a much more focused approach from the Turnford side, the Norfolk United girls struggled to get past our intercepting queens, Charlotte Dadey and Zara Everitt. Leading Turnford once again to victory with a 12-7 #WIN.

Coach Kat Titmuss said: “I am so proud of each and every one of these girls. They have shown complete commitment to their squad and our shared goal of taking home the gold from nationals. We will continue to work hard to make this goal a reality.”

U14s

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The U14s played five teams in the group stages. The matches were played in two halves of 8 minutes each way. First up was Braintree, which Turnford took comfortably 12:4. Next came Bedford and Turnford again took this comfortably 14:4. This was the way it was to be throughout the day and Turnford having a strong squad of twelve were able to play different combinations.

There was little opposition for this on-form squad and the next three matches were taken against Thetford 18:4 Thoroughbreds 21:3 and Co-Jags 15:4. This result saw Turnford top the group and take their place in the semi-finals.

An automatic place in National Finals was up for grabs for the winner of the Semi-final and Turnford had their eyes on the prize as they went into this match against local rivals Crosskeys. Turnford took the Semi Final took 18:8.

With spirits high, Turnford pulled out an inspired performance for the final where they once again met Co-Jags. With both teams through to Nationals, Turnford were out to prove what a contender they are for the overall title at the end of May (where the national club finals will be held in Redbridge). They did this with style lifting the winners cup 25:2.

The squad only let in 29 goals throughout the whole tournament with 123 goals scored, a magnificent goal difference of 94.

The squad consisted of : Megan Thomas (Cptn), Sienna Rushton, Evie Pringle, Courtney Ferns, Bella Baylis, Freya Keohane, Maddie March, Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Tobi Unuefa, Ellie Oswick, Amy Rule, Sahara Bailey-Joseph

Coach Carole Titmuss stated how proud she was of her team’s efforts working tirelessly for each other to reach their shared goal.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Co-JAGS and Norfolk United who will also represent the East at National Club Champs and thank them for exciting matches. We will see you at Finals!