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.