VE U18 Grand Prix Round 1 pool B

Sunday, 27 November 2022 11:00

The first round of this year’s National Junior Championship was held on Sunday November 27th 

Venue: Woodchurch High School, Carr Bridge Road, Woodchurch, Wirral. CH49 7NG

Start time: 11:00am

Five teams are involved : Wirral, Frodsham, Newcastle Staffs B, Urmston Grammar D, and Manchester Marvels.

Wirral team: Nina Hofmann (cast), Gina Nuttall, Lois Watson, Lily Hogan, Lily Bloomfield, Ellie Stocker, Emma Parr, Issy Parr, Yan Xi Chen

See full results below.

Our U18s did the club proud today. They played well and were the strongest team throughout winning their first three matches by 2 sets to 0, and finishing one set all with Manchester Marvels in the final game. The only question on the day was why we didn’t win by bigger margins and the reason was far too many service errors.

Gina and Nina played the setter and opposite roles really well, reading one anothers movements and linking up to build some excelent attack. Both girls passed beautifully, with Gina especially covering every inch of the court. Lois was strong in the middle winning good points from blocking and putting away some terrific spikes, Emma and Issy made a strong contribution with solid passing and good covering work, and Lily Hogan passed well, hit some nice winners and made two outstanding recovery ‘saves’.

We had sailed through the competition closing out games at the death pretty comfortably and won seven sets in s row until we came to the final match against Manchester Marvels, Our girls closed out the first set from 18 all just as we in the earlier games but managed to lose the second set from 19-16 up as Marvels kept their nerve and kept their serves in. In the end we gifted them the set by making one error after another to mar and otherwise perfect performance on the day.

Round 2 is on January 15th.