Oldham Netball took a spectacular four out of five wins at The Nottingham City Tournament. One after the other Oldham notched up win after win with the U15s U14s U13s U12s all undefeated on Finals day. The U11s also took runners up spot by a narrow defeat on goal difference.
Oldham U13, Nottingham City 2012 Tournament Report
Oldham U13s were (also) undefeated the whole weekend. Sunday started off with the closet match of their tournament, a tense re-match against Turnford who only in June had beaten Oldham in the semi-finals of a Pontins tournament. This time the girls proved they are the better team. The final game of day was against local rivals Tameside who started well scoring the first 2 goals. Oldham fought back and took the next 3 centres ending the first half 3-2. With the older and younger Oldham teams chearing from the sidelines the second half was dominated by Oldham and they won 7-4.
Oldham U14’s got the season off to a great start with victory at the Nottingham Junior netball tournament. Unlike other tournaments , Nottingham is a round robin competition with the highest placed team taking the honours.
Oldham had a couple of players missing on day one and looked out of sorts but managed to do enough over six games to qualify for the top seeded group. The day started with a hard fought win over Trafford followed with a defeat to Essex. Oldham struggled to play their usual game and could only manage a draw against Ribble Valley. It seemed Oldham had turned a corner with successive wins over Oaksway and Birmingham but then slipped up against Poole in the last game of the day losing 3 – 2. Despite the poor results Oldham had managed to hang on to 3rd place in the group and could look forward to putting things right on day 2.
Oldham had spent time reflecting on what had gone wrong on day 1 and the players were more upbeat and confident on day 2. With missing players now back with the squad Oldham wanted to show the competition there would be no repeat of yesterday’s sloppy play. An opening game against Essex gave Oldham the ideal opportunity to do just that and they did not disappoint with a great 13 – 3 win. Next in line came Poole another team that had beaten Oldham on day 1, Oldham were now playing the way they can and made no mistakes to finish the game off with an 8 – 4 win.
Successive wins against Trafford 10 – 4 and Bury 8 – 3 led Oldham to a four way tie for the top spot. In contention for the trophy were Oldham, Parkside, Turnford and Tameside. First up came Parkside a team Oldham had narrowly beaten in a previous final, this time around it was not a close affair as Oldham played some fantastic netball to take the game 7 – 1. As other teams began to take points from one another Oldham new a win against Turnford would guarantee top honours with a game to spare.
Oldham started well quickly moving into a 4 – 1 lead, Turnford fought back and managed to gain a 1 goal lead with the scores now at 6 – 5 Oldham needed to dig in, an excellent turnover from GK Susie Armstrong was all the motivation they needed as they hit 5 goals without reply to take the game 10 – 6. With the pressure off having already secured the top honours Oldham could enjoy the last game of the day against local rivals Tameside. Again Oldham showed their class with an 8 – 4 win that ensured they finished the day unbeaten and smiling again.
Oldham under-15s started the season with victory at the Nottingham tournament.
On the first day they were unbeaten throughout the five games. On the last game of the day they met Tameside and beat them impressively 8-3. On the second day the under-15s prepared themselves for a tough fixture against some of the best teams in the country. They won the first five games and faced Trafford in the last match of the tournament and beat them 7-5. Oldham’s eleven player squad all played a key part in the success of winning the first tournament of the season. Player of the tournament Rebecca Hope.