Paulton Rovers’ juniors travelled to Wells for the first tournament of the season on Sunday with three teams for the first time in the Club’s history. First up to play was Paulton’s new U14 squad with players stepping up from U12 netball to experience a new level of competition. The girls played two matches growing in confidence as every minute passed. Their first match was against an experience Bridgwater side who lead by example dominating the game to win 6 – 2, despite excellent play from the young side. Not to be deterred the team took on Taunton B for their second match and concentrated on slowing their game down and moving in front of their tall opposition. Weeks of training paid off as the girls quickly gelled together, passing confidently and intercepting the ball all over the court. Great team work and some excellent shooting pushed them forward to win 6 -3. An amazing result for their second game as an U14 team. Player of the tournament was Hydee.
Next to play was Paulton’s established U14 team, with a season already under their belts they knew what to expect and had been working hard in training to compete against the stronger teams. Excellent team work, discipline and match awareness saw them take on Sydenham and Yeovil B to win 6 -2 in both matches. With the girls on a high from their performance and individuals stepping up to new challenges playing out of position they confidently took to the court for their last two matches to win 5 – 0 against Wells B and 8 – 1 against Purnell A. Strong defensive play throughout the court and great passing into the shooting circle ensured that in all four games Paulton were able to stayed in control despite playing in the rain. The team now have to wait to see if they will be promoted into the U14a League where they will then go through to compete against the County’s strongest teams. Player of the tournament was Lori.
Finally the U12s played three games, impressing coaches Helen and Liz with their attacking play and discipline to ensure that they remained in possession of the ball to win two games against a strong Wells team 3 – 1 and Sydenham 4 – 1. Great shooting from a number of non shooters showed promise for the future of the team, showing that they have great versatility. Unfortunately they lost against a strong Yeovil side but still played well against tough competition. Player of the tournament was Emily P.
Paulton’s coaches would like to congratulate all of the players on a fantastic club performance and thank all of the parents for their support on a very wet Sunday morning.