Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Turnford turned up the heat in their quest for the National Club Championships this weekend when they were victorious in both the U14 and U16 Regional rounds.Having already swept aside the competition in the previous County rounds in both age groups, the Hertfordshire County Champions added East Regional Champions to their name over the weekend. Both Year Groups now go on to compete in National Club Finals as serious contenders -the U16's are off to Newcastle on 11 May and the U14's are off to Southend.
The girls were on blistering form all day scoring a massive 184 goals for versus 22 against over 7 matches consisting of ten minutes each way.
Having started by dominating Brentwood in the opening game, the squad turned up the heat not only in attack from Ramejkis,Gulvin, Hatley and Newman but also delivering defensive turnover after turnover from Collins, Hatherley, Gillen working as a seamless unit- the onslaught continued in the 2nd half with Eastwood-Gray taking the court in attack and Dawes going into defence and delivering confident powerful play.
Qualifying games against the Civil Service, Comberton and Cranfield continued in the same vein with some seamless straight line ball netball and Murchison and Pryde taking the court as part of this outstanding squad.The quarter finals saw them pitched against Ipswich ladies and a 28-3 victory ensued followed by Easwtood who were no match for the Turnford girls resulting in a 27-6 win. In the finals, Thoroughbreds took the court looking confident, but the magic formula of Collins Hatherley and Gillen in defence proved too overpowering , with special mention to Hatherley who delivered 9 interceptions throughout the game and the strength of Newman , Hatley , Gulvin and Ramejkis working seamlessly in attack resulting in a definitive victory of 27-4.
Comment from one of the other competitor coaches on the day summed it up- " these girls were in a different league" - Bring on the Finals.
Squad: Charlotte Ramejkis, Emily Gulvin, Amy Hatley, Ellie Newman ( captain), Phoebe Gillen, Beth Hatherley, Hazel Collins, Sarah Dawes, Summer Murchison, Megan Pryde and Olivia Eastwood-Gray
Coaches player of the tournament went to Emily Gulvin for her relentless exemplary workrate.
Turnford U14s,were representing Hertfordshire in the regional area round of the Nationals in the hope of representing the East in the Nationals Finals at the end of May. These young players did themselves and their club proud. Seeing of all squads put before them. Their were two sections and the games were played in two halves of eight minutes. First up to face Turnford were Eastwood Representing East Essex. Turnford were too strong a force for this side and they ran out winners 18:5.
Next came Civil Service representing Suffolk and again Turnford outplayed their opposition running out winners 23:0 and so it continued - next to the slaughter came Maulden representing Bedfordshire 30:0. Then Thoroughbreds representing Norfolk, but they too were no contenders and Turnford took the match 21:2, The final onslaught was Bears who were representing Thurrock but again Turnford outplayed their opponents 26:0
This put Turnford into the quarter finals where they met with Ipswich but the skill and mature play of the whole squad allowed this talented side to go forward into the semi finals, winning 28:3. facing local rivals Hornets, but Turnford breezed into the finals winning 25:2. The Turnford side stayed focus throughout the day and did not take their foot of the pedal and they were certainly ready to take on Conquerors representing Essex. Again no match for the Turnford side and they ran out winners 23:4.
They will now go forward to represent the East region in the National Finals 24/25th May to be held in Redbridge.
Coach Carole Titmuss could not be prouder and is looking forward to meet with the other 18 regional winners in the hope of lifting the cup
The squad consisted of Niamh Burns, Alisha Levy, Rebecca Palmer, Sophie Dingle, Izzy Stibbs, Lydia Rowlands, Abi Berry, Georgia Satwick, Georgina Fisher and Jasmine Bowman.
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By CAROLE TITMUSS on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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