Hucclecote’s U19 squad, sponsored by Dragon Cement, can hold their heads up high after an admirable performance at the weekends National Club Finals, in which they placed 9th overall.
The day started off impressively, with all the girls making it on time for the 6.30am meet in preparation for the trip to Bournemouth. With pillows in tow, the minibus became a sleeping haven for all concerned!!
With the prospect of 8 games (possibly more with the knock-out stages), the squad worked on a rotational basis, giving everyone an opportunity for court time. Having only played together once before, it immediately became apparent that the young Hucclecote side were going to have their work cut out, and would have to dig deep for every victory. The opposition not only looked strong and well drilled, but many sides had the added benefit of a lot of height!!
With a positive attitude the day started off well with a win against Oaksway, however Hucclecote were then abruptly stopped in their tracks by an extremely strong side from Leyland, who finished eventual runners-up. From that point on the day was full of ups and downs for the Hucclecote side, who registered 4 wins and 4 losses, which wasn’t enough to qualify for the last stages of the competition. However, they can be proud of their performance, particularly in view of the fact that they were undoubtedly the one team in high spirits throughout the day, proving that it’s not just about the winning, it’s the taking part and having fun that counts!!!
Thank you to all the parents who came and supported on the day, and a special thank you to Tina Tallon who was the best scorer a team could ask for!!
Results from the day:
Hucclecote vs. Oaksway 9 – 8
Hucclecote vs. Leyland 15 – 6
Hucclecote vs. Essex Open 11 – 8
Hucclecote vs. Dudley Leisure 8 – 4
Hucclecote vs. Manor 11 – 8
Hucclecote vs. Alpha 9 – 8
Hucclecote vs. Weston Blades 13 – 7
Hucclecote vs. Hull Chevrons 9 - 7