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In September last year as we were coming out of Covid we held not one but two preseason tournaments to give regional league teams some long awaited match play. This format proved popular and so we decided to hold two events again at the start of this season. These were friendly tournaments intended to give teams the chance to try out different player combinations, and for umpires to get some competitive match play before the RL season starts.
The first event took place on Sunday 4th September at Oxstalls Arena, University of Gloucester, Gloucestershire. 12 teams entered the tournament, but one had to withdraw at short notice, so their place was taken by a local league team, Randwick. Thank you to them for stepping in.
Split into 2 groups each team played all the other teams in their group, at the end of which the winner of each group played the runner up in the other group in the Semi-finals with the winners of this going through to the Final.
Hucclecote Comets (Gloucestershire) and Premier Romans A (Avon) were unbeaten in their respective groups. Hucclecote Comets overcame Hucclecote Stars in one semi-final, with Premier Romans A beating Mavericks (Avon) in the other semi-final match.
Premier Romans A were the overall winners beating Hucclecote Comets 19-12 in the final.
The Umpires mentors for the tournament were James Thomas and Janice Treasure who were assisted by local stalwart, Barb Warburton.
With the North tournament a success the South took to the court on Sunday 11th September at Plymouth Marjons, Devon. Again 12 teams entered, and the format of the tournament was the same as the North with the winners of each group playing the runners up of the other, following which the 2 winners from the semi-finals went through to the finals
TTNC (East Devon) won all their group matches to go through to the semis where they lost narrowly to Galmington (Somerset) who had qualified for the semis as runners-up in their group. The other semi-final match saw local rivals Titans Lightning and Carol Anne (both from East Devon) battle it out for the other final place, with Titans Lightning winning.
Galmington were the overall winners in the South, beating Titans Lightning 16-12 in the final.
Debbie Ashworth and Karen Jones were the umpire mentors for the tournament, which ended up being quite the family affair with Mother and Daughter Julia and Emily Harvey both umpiring along with Saira O'Dwyer who umpired with daughter Liv helping on recorders' table.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the two tournaments. Here’s to the start of yet another exciting season.
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