On a very wet Saturday morning, the College team took the mini bus to Brighton Uni to play in the Sussex Round of National Schools.
The U19 competition was a round robin tournament which suited us, with 9 games to play. The day started with a game against Lancing College, which saw some excellent court play in attack and Worthing ran out easy winners 18-5, next came Brighton College, a formidable opponent. We started slowly conceding the first three goals without reply. Silly mistakes and poor shooting was not helping us but slowly we got our play together and started coming back at them. With a minute to play we were still a goal down but a great interception in defence turned the ball and we scored from this. Our centre which we converted and then another error by Brighton College gave us possession to score and win the game 9-7.
Mayfield College were our next opponents where we had a convincing win 12-2, Ardingly College followed next with another convincing win 11-3. Eastbourne College were our next opponents where we tried something new with Shelby out at GA and Bethen in at GS, initially Eastbourne were proving a more difficult opponent but with some excellent feeding from Bethen to Shelby, the goals mounted up and we won 14-9. With four games to go, we really were not firing on all cylinders so I made one final change to the team. This paid dividend as we then beat Seaford 22-1 and St Bedes 18-2. Now was the crunch time Hurst, the girls were all motivated and knew if they won this one they were through to Regional Finals in January. A stunning performance by the defence who were like a pack of wolves hunting the ball caused 4 held balls in the first two mins which Worthing capitalised on and scored at the other end. A game without errors, excellent shooting by Livi Miller, an excellent defence gave us a 9-4 win. Immediately after this was our final game against a good Bhasvic side. Initially the game went goal for goal but we upped our game and came away worthy winners 15-9.
A massive well done to all 11 players – Sussex National Schools Winners.