SHrewsbury silver for Gosport Borough talents

Gosport Borough's junior squad who travelled to Shrewsbury
Gosport Borough's junior squad who travelled to Shrewsbury
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GOSPORT BOROUGH settled for silver after claiming the runners-up spot at last weekend’s prestigious Condover Hall tournament in Shrewsbury.

Head coach Jannene Taylor and assistant Chelsea Smee were hoping to guide the side to victory, having enjoyed previous successes with the club’s junior sides.

But in Boughton Belles, gutsy Gosport found a worthy opponent who they were unable to conquer on two separate occasions – despite their best attempts.

Indeed, Borough’s opening group game of the tournament was against schools national finalists Belles.

Their Chester opponents took an early lead in the match and Gosport had to dig deep to stay in contention.

New goal-keeper Tabitha Millerchip and goal-defence Jade Kennedy helped push the ball up the court, which allowed goal-shooter Natasha Clark to get Gosport back into the match.

However, Borough ran out of time and fell to a 11-7 defeat.

They bounced back in their next clash against South Charnwood III, though, with a resounding 28 -0 win.

And Borough carried this momentum forward against The Grove.

With help from Sian Diep and Kirsten Knight mid-court, young goal-shooter Hannah Norbury helped Gosport to a 15-0 win.

Lodge Park Academy IV proved more of a challenge for the girls but after team talks from both coaches, they ran out winners 18-4.

This left their last game of Saturday against South Charnwood IV.

With the team getting tired, head coach Taylor moved Kennedy to goal-attack and Clark to goal-shooter.

The pair worked hard together and were helped by balls fed into the circle from Olivia Lis.

Borough won the match 12-6, leaving the girls top of the table overnight on goal difference.

After a night of fun at the quiz and disco, the first game on Sunday was against Skegness III.

Gosport’s girls were on form with an impressive 21-0 win, with Ellie Shemmell’s defensive play standing out.

Frensham gave Borough a good game in the quarter-finals, however, the in-form Gosport side won 14-2.

That teed up a last-four clash with South Charnwood, who the south-coast talents had beaten the previous day.

This gave the team some added confidence and it showed during the match as Borough won 15-4 to get through to the final, which was against the Belles.

Unfortuantely, injury had forced Beth Merrifield out of the weekend and Aleasha Swannick, Kerri Gray and Morgan Watson were unavailable.

Having borrowed players from other Gosport teams, the final was a little mismatched.

And despite a good game, Borough lost 11-3 to take runners-up spot in the tournament.