Tameside’s U14s were dominant in their first day of action, winning their first group of games 29 - 10 v Royals and 30-8 v Chevrons. They were then placed into another group which they again had to win, to ensure that they made the play offs for the top 6 positions on Sunday. With a full squad of 12 taking to the court, the girls went on to win the group with convincing wins over Essex and Grangetown.
With the job done, the girls returned to the hotel for a well earned rest and a bit of team building with lead coach Lauren Palmer hosting Tameside's Got Talent! Unfortunately no stars were unveiled with any talent, off court!
The girls were up bright and early Sunday morning and all 4 shooters left 45 minutes earlier than the rest of the squad to get some shooting practice in, before the 9.30am big match against Turnford. As a spectator, you could see that the squad were warming up with a purpose and a belief that they could turn over one of their biggest rivals. The first quarter got under way and although Tameside finished the quarter 7-3 infront, you could not disrespect Turnford and relax. Tameside then eased into another gear and dominated the rest of the match winning with a massive 29-8 score. Tameside went on to win against Mid Sussex 28-2 which secured them a place in the National Clubs Final.
After results from other groups came in, they quickly realised that they were in for a Northwest final against Chester, who had beaten Tameside in the Regional final. After a lengthy team talk the girls were ready to take to the court to right the wrong of losing at Regionals. It was a fantastic game to watch, with both teams showing exactly why the Northwest is best! Throughout the four quarters, Tameside managed to hang on to their slender lead over Chester. With 90 seconds to go it was almost unbearable to watch as Chester pushed to a 2 goal deficit. But they needn't have worried as a fantastic interception from Rachel Carter saw Brogan Slicker cooly put the ball in the net to go once again into a 3 goal lead. The final whistle went to the cheers of proud mums and dads up in the balcony, the girls had done it!
Head Coach Paul Harper said " I am so pleased for our girls, the effort that they have put into their training has been so commendable. Targets were set prior to each game and every target was met. I am so proud of lead coach, Lauren Palmer who has worked so hard to ensure that the things we were working on in training were being implemented through match play. She is a fantastic coach and I know it means so much to her. Well done everyone!"