24 February 2013
- Well done Under 14`s
See how they did - Jersey weekend
Hucclecote u14s put on amazing display of exciting netball during their
recent tour to Jerseys annual tournament . Having only ever played in the local
Gloucestershire League their coach Gilly Salter wanted them to gain experience
playing much tougher opposition as they are preparing to go and play at the
Regional play off rounds on 10th March .
Jersey certainly provided what was needed with an exceptionally high
standard of teams entering. Saturday saw 5 games played and they secured 3 wins
against Guernsey Panthers 17-4 ,Jersey jets 12-11 and Jersey U13s winning 9-8.
Essex Open u14`s and last years finalists proved to be another tough game but
Hucclecote dug deep and managed to secure a draw at 12 goals each . Their final
game against Essex u13`s saw their first lost by 13 goals to 10.
Sunday saw the tournament continue with Hucclecote needing to secure 2 wins
to put them through to the top play offs . Their first game against a young
Exeter u13 side saw strong attacking movement from Milly Boorman who fed the
shooters well enabling the them to score 13 goals in the first half . With
fresh players Jess Brown and Eve Saunders also on in defence for this game
Exeter struggled to penetrate through this tight marking unit and with Hannah
Jordan taking control at Centre Hucclecote notched up the much needed 5 points
winning 20 goals to 8 . With the board showing 4 teams still in contention for
the semi final play offs Hucclecote had it all to go for . Exeter A squad had a
better goal difference so Cote knew they would have to up their game to take the
win . This performance proved one of Hucclecote most outstanding with Jayne
Taylor on fire. Beth Adkins and holly Tyler fed some fantastic feeds through to
Taylor and Lucy Martin who as Year 8 produced outstanding form .
Defensively the partnership between Lily Lovell and Caitlin Santacroce grew
over the weekend and their performance completely destroyed Exeter`s shooting
consistency with Hucclecote running away as winners 17-6 and the whole squad
elated to be in the semis.
Facing Jersey u14s for the second time Hucclecote started nervously however
it wasn`t long before Adkins, Tyler, Taylor and Martin started to steal the show
. One change saw Zi WU onto WD and her quick marking and long range instantly
made a impact and with the Jersey crowd left speechless of the young Hucclote
side produced a slick and exciting performance wining 19-8 putting them through
to the final against Essex Open .
The final saw Essex get the upper hand initially and with nerves showing ,
particularly in the attacking end Hucclecote were slow off the block and found
themselves 4 -1 down in the first few minutes. Once nerves settled Cote got back
into the game and clawed it back to 5 each before Essex hit hard again and took
the first half by 11-6 . The second half went more in Hucclecotes favour and
suddenly with the shooting on song by Taylor and Martin and with the centre
court working hard the gap began to close again. Essex though were not prepared
to let it go and with the young sibling of Rosť Morgan Smith producing an
awesome display at GA for Essex No matter how hard The defence end worked the
gap whilst reducing saw the clock ticking down. Adkins and Tyler once again put
in some amazing feeds but it was Essex who took then title winning by just 3
goals 18-15 .
This was a brilliant experience for the whole squad who have been exemplary
role models throughout the weekend . Thanks to our umpire Kirsty Trueman who
also did well to be selected to umpire the u12 finals . Hucclecote now look
forward with confidence to attending the regional finals into weeks time .
L Martin , J Taylor , H Tyler , B Adkins, M Boorman, J Brown,
H Jordan, C Santacroce, E Saunders, L Lovell, Z Wu.