Sunday 17 April 2016
The top four teams from Netball South West’s U16 Division 1 gathered at the Marjon Sports Centre in Plymouth to determine which two teams would go forward to represent the Region in the National U16s Finals in Newcastle in a few weeks time.
Top of the table Hucclecote went into this tournament as favourites having only lost one league match, a heavy defeat against Team Jets from Jersey. Jets finished second in the league but only two points ahead of Team Bath whilst in fourth were Lawn who had recorded a victory over Jets and had contested some tight matches against Team Bath in particular. There would be no easy games at this stage of the competition. The round robin tournament was played out over 4 x 10 minute quarters per match.
The first round of matches saw Team Jets face Hucclecote whilst Team Bath were up against Lawn. The first quarter of the Hucclecote v Jets match saw the Gloucestershire side have all the early pressure and open the scoring. Jets replied instantly before Hucclecote regained the lead. Jets were penalised mid court and this created a chance for Hucclecote which they took. Jets hadn’t really settled and Hucclecote made the most of it by opening up an impressive 6-1 lead before Jets troubled the scorers again after winning possession mid court. Some fine build up play saw Hucclecote add another two goals whilst Jets, try as they might, could not find their range of passing into the shooters. Hucclecote lead at the end of the first quarter by 8-2.
Team Jets meanwhile had settled into their game and at half time Hucclecote’s lead had been cut to four points, 15-11.
Hucclecote opened the scoring in the third quarter with a lovely goal. Good play around the D and a fantastic shot from their Goal Attack saw Jets pull one back and she was quick to add another. The Jersey side made it three nets in a row in a good fight back at the start of the second half of the match. Hucclecote responded with a fabulous shot before Jets added another, just two points in it now. Hucclecote were looking to give themselves breathing space after such a strong start to the match and two quick fire nets did just that, it could have got better but for an unlucky miss. Jets defence were working hard and a good interception set them on an attack which was well defended by Hucclecote’s Defence. Jets won the loose ball however and scored, quickly adding another. Hucclecote then enjoyed a good spell in the quarter with three goals without reply but the final point of the period fell to Jets and with one quarter remaining Hucclecote’s lead was 4 points, 22-18. Jets had continued to battle back from their slow start but Hucclecote had enough to keep them at bay and take their opening match 29-26.
Hucclecote’s next opponents were Lawn whilst Team Bath faced Team Jets. Wins for Hucclecote and Bath would leave both guaranteed qualification to the National Finals.
Meanwhile Hucclecote have established a 12-7 lead over Lawn, Hucclecote lead their match at half time 25-13.
Hucclecote and Lawn exchange a goal each as the third quarter starts.
Some lovely shooting sees Hucclecote add two more goals before Lawn reply in the same manner, the second following a great full court length move. Hucclecote are well in control thanks to the lead they built up in the first half and some lovely play sees them score two more before a battling Lawn reply. The quarter continues following the same pattern and as the period ends Hucclecote extend their lead to 14 points, 33-19. Back on the other court Jets have been in superb form against Bath, limiting them to just two goals whilst scoring eight of their own to lead 23-12.
Team Bath were up against them next so their task looked difficult, dependant possibly on how Hucclecote viewed a match that had little riding on it for them. Team Bath got off to a great start, a smart move and well taken shot put them in the lead but their optimism was short lived as Hucclecote showed their intent on going unbeaten with a fantastic display of Netball notching up eight goals without response in a devastating five minute spell that looked to effectively kill off Team Bath. It didn’t quite pan out that way as a much needed double strike for Bath before another Hucclecote net saw them settle more and they ended the quarter well with three more goals that bought the score at the break back to 9-6, a very good comeback that gave them hope. Half time hooter sounded, their lead of 17-6 would take some pulling back. Another lead that would take some reigning in was Hucclecote’s as they extended their advantage to nine points, leading 19-10.
Team Bath started the third quarter well and pulled back two goals before Hucclecote settled. Try as they might team Bath were unable to make inroads into the Hucclecote lead and a low scoring and pretty uneventful quarter saw Hucclecote take it 5-3 to lead 24-13.
Team Bath meanwhile were unable to pull off the sort of comeback their Super League team has conjured up this season as Hucclecote saw out the match comfortably, taking the quarter 7-2 and winning 31-15, a superb 100% record in the tournament.
So Hucclecote and runners up Team Jets go forward to compete with the best teams from the other eight regions in Newcastle. It should be quite a competition.
Beth Gabriel , Jane Taylor, Jodie Emms, Jenny Graham, Lucy Martin,
Freya Channon, Ellie Parker, Ellie Sparks, Hannah McCoubrie, Izzy Robinson, Alice Bradly , Katie Cruickshank
Coach - Stella Ben Hania
Team Manager - Caroline Channon
Thank you for all the support on the day....