National Team Championships 2017 – REPORT.

After Many weeks of phone calls and facebook messages we finally managed to secure players from clubs around the Midlands to field “6” teams for this event. Some categories were unrepresented as we could not find/identify suitable players or players were unavailable due to Cadet European championships and Senior Brazil training camp which was unfortunate.

 

May we thank the following clubs for all their support in supplying players:

 

Wolverhampton JC

Hardy Spicer

Vale JC

Coventry JC

Mercia JC

Kettering Premier JC

2 A’s

Erdington JC

University of Wolverhampton JC

 

The day began with the pre-cadet boys who were drawn up against London, Northern Home Counties and the North.

First Match saw us lose 7-0 to London, for many of the players this was their very first National team event and along with some really poor refereeing, I think the occasion got the better of them.

Second match against NHC followed a similar vein and midlands lost 6-1.

In the final match when the nerves had finally settled we managed a 5-2 win against the North, but this unfortunately was not enough to put us through to the semi finals and sadly out of the event. Some very bad was that one of the players Jack Rowley from Mercia JC broke his leg in the second match and had to be taken to hospital.

 

Pre-cadet girls team followed a similar vein with inexperienced players participating for the first time and 1 player short at U44 which really put the team up against it from the outset.

Loses to Northern area 3-2, Scotland 5-0 and finally a win against NHC 3-2 was sadly not enough to progress and out of the event.

 

Cadet/Junior boys were next up, in a pool with London, North and West.

Again refereeing in the first match was very poor and saw the team lose to a very strong London team 4-3 and this despite being 1 player short in the U66kg category.

Wins against North 5-2 and west 5-2 saw the cadet/junior team progress to the semi-final.

 

A very close semi against the South was ended 4-3 with a refereeing error that cost us the match and a place in the final and having to settle with a Bronze medal.

 

Cadet /Junior girl’s despite being a player short in the U52kg section came through their pool with wins against south 3-2, East 3-2, before losing to NHC 3-2 and progressed to the semi-final where they were defeated 4-1 by a very strong Scottish team who were eventual winners and came away with a bronze medal.

 

 

To finish the day we saw the seniors in action with both men and women’s teams missing some well establish players so having to rely on inexperienced players at this level and veteran players in order to field teams.

 

Senior men started well with a 3-2 win against East before losing to both London 4-1 and West 3-2 but going through to the semi-finals on better score ratio.

In the Semi-final they lost 5-0 to a very strong Scottish team and finished the day with a Bronze medal.

 

The action finished with the Womens team who beat both NHC and the Combined Services team by the same score 3-2, to progress to the semi-finals where they were narrowly beaten by the Scottish team and finished with the Bronze Medal.

 

Recap

Pre-cadet/Minor Girls – Not Placed

Pre-cadet/Minor Boys – Not Placed

Cadet/Junior Girls – Bronze

Cadet/Junior Boys – Bronze

Senior Men – Bronze

Senior Women – Bronze

 

The event itself was well run in a good venue and the atmosphere was good however the refereeing was some of the poorest I have seen for a very long time.

Each player was given £30 for expenses (I have attached a receipt sheet for all the players) to get to the event as some had booked hotels to travel down the night before as it is a nightmare journey and were also given a midlands area T-Shirt for which the players and coaches are grateful for any support offered by the Midlands Committee when representing the area at this event.

 

Special thanks to Bill Kelly, Fitzroy Davies and Dave Elmore for the thankless task of arranging the teams and to all the other coaches and parents and players who support the Midlands.

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