Silcoates Invitational Tournament
The 1st VII travelled to Silcoates for their final tournament of the season, and for Captain Olivia Hellas and team mate Niamh Davis this was their last tournament at Fulneck.
The pressure was on.
Report by Olivia Hellas:
Despite the torrential rain and strong winds we soldiered on, and played our hearts out. We had all of our strategies planned out: Hawkeye, Scorpion tail, Dragonfire and HellasNo.
We started the tournament against Mount St Marys with Hawkeye in place. It was a steady start, with the weather testing out the quality of the courts, but Fulneck pulled away to notch their first win of the day. It didn’t stop there. Fulneck then played Silcoates 2nd VII and then their 3rd VII, the former being more challenging than the latter, but we implemented different strategies so that all players could contribute to gain two more wins.
We were left with the most competitive teams to face. We played Rishworth which proved to be a physical game but Fulneck battled on and beat them by a clear margin.
Finally, Silcoates 1st VII were the only team stopping us from winning the trophy. In a very tight game the score ended 4-4. To determine the winners the goal difference in every single match needed to be calculated, but it made no difference because this was equal, too.
The decision was made that Silcoates and Fulneck were joint winners of the tournament! Well done, girls!
I would like to thank all of the players involved and for trying their absolute hardest in the terrible weath-er; it was a fantastic team performance and a well-deserved trophy.
1st VII v Rishworth
This was the final match of the season for the 1st VII and the final time Captain Olivia Hellas would be putting on the Fulneck dress.
This match was one of the most important of the season. Following the tournament win on Wednesday we wanted to end on a high.
We were on the attack from the get go; we knew Rishworth’s defence was stronger than their attack so we needed to fight. With some excellent play through the court the goals started popping in. Fulneck’s defenders kept the pressure on, turning over some balls and getting the rebounds which resulted in more opportunities for Fulneck which we grasped with both hands.
As we settled in, the ball began to flow a lot easier, creating more chances for the shooters.
Rishworth made a few positional changes which meant we had to alter our playing style slightly, but we adapted with ease and continued playing our game.
The final score was 27-18, Well done, girls!
As Captain, on behalf of the Senior squad, I would like to thank Miss Turner and Miss Millin for their exceptional coaching and help throughout this season; without their skills we wouldn’t have been as successful. I would also like to thank the team for their continuous support and excellent performance. It has been a pleasure.