Following our entry into the Sussex League, we were invited to take part in the “Surrenden Cup tournament” yesterday at Dorothy Stringers in Brighton. Both 1st and 2nd teams were entered against colleges from Sussex for a change. The courts were small, in comparison to a normal size court but it was a pleasant change to play indoors.
Worthing 1 were paired in the same pool as Bhasvic 1 and had them first game. The girls were asked to be controlled and think about their movement due to the court size and reacted marvellously, racing out of the blocks to take a 14-2 lead at half time. It was fair to say we did take our foot off the gas for the second half and allowed Bhasvic to play a little more but ran out easy winners 21-10.
Worthing 2 started a little more tentatively against Bhasvic 2 but with a very strong defensive formation won 3-1 (they played 10 mins one way) – changes were made positionally for the second game and this worked well with Worthing getting a comfortable win against Dorothy Stringer 11-2. The game against Varndean was a much closer affair, with some poor decision making at times, but Worthing 2 held on to win 8-6.
Meanwhile Worthing 1 were beating Steyning 18-8 in a game that really didn’t reflect the scoreline.
Semi finals Worthing 2 v Bhasvic 1 – on paper this should have been a thrashing but Worthing 2 gave it their all, taking an early lead 3-1 and looking like they would cause an upset. Unfortunately a few errors were punished and Bhasvic ran out 12-5 winners. Worthing 1 faced Bhasvic 2 in the other semi final, Worthing were very strong across all areas of the court and ran out 21-4 winners leading to a Bhasvic 1 v Worthing 1 final.
At this point it was decided that the final would be played on the full size court. Having already beaten Bhasvic we had everything to lose, however the girls once again rose to the occasion, taking an early lead which they never looked back from to win the game 11-6 and take the trophy from last year’s winners.
Throughout the tournament the girls were a credit to the college, playing with respect for each other and winning well. Player of the tournament without doubt goes to Yasmin Payne whose shooting stats were in the high 90’s.