Storm Tornadoes are the South West Division 2 U16 Champions after a thrilling season.
It’s been an incredible season and Storm Tornadoes have wrapped up the South West Division Two title in style after a 55-27 win away to Galmington on the final matchday.
Two years ago Storm visited Galmington with a slim chance of winning the league, relying on other results and needing a big win after losing the opening game of the season.
It happened. Storm won the league. Two years on and the Tornadoes of 2016/7 were not only chasing the league title but also the unbeaten season.
This was a day the squad had been working hard towards all season and the tears at the end of the game were tears of sheer joy.
They’d done it. They’d bonded, they’d trained hard, they’d learnt new skills, new tactics, new plays. They’d achieved their dream. They’d won the league, unbeaten.
This might have been the peak of the squad’s season, in fact the final quarter was one of the best they’ve played all year, but the hard work was done over the previous few months.
All the players play in Senior League teams but all committed to extra training sessions away from their Senior sessions.
It was here where their development happened, here where their structure of play evolved. Here where they ultimately became the Tornadoes that went on to win the league.
From the quirky little squad rules that everyone lives by through to individual and team goals. They supported each other, they played for each other and finally, after another performance where all eleven players got on court, they celebrated with each other.
Going into this final game of the season and both Galmington and Lawn were ready to step in and take the title should Storm fall at the last.
The game started at full tilt. Both sides playing at a pace they would unlikely be able to keep up for sixty minutes.
The first quarter settled down and Storm took a 14-8 lead into the break.
It was a lead they wouldn’t let go for the rest of the game. Extending it to 30-13 at half time.
Head Coach David White made four changes at the half time break with Chloe Filkins, Brenna Rowe, Beth Fenn and Jenna Rogers all being rested for the third.
Megan Byrne, Tanni Smitham, Holly Rowe and Esme Adams took to the court as the visitors edged closer to the title.
Galmington hit back but Storm still led 37-21 going into the last.
The starting seven were back on for the final quarter of the season. They didn’t disappoint in their determination to go out on a high.
Goal Attack Jenna Rogers shot 10 out of 10, Goal Shooter Caitlyn Oates 8 out of 9 as Storm won the final period 18-6 to take the game 55-27 and with it the league title.
“It’s an incredibly proud moment and I am so thrilled for everyone involved with this squad,” said Head Coach David White. “For me personally it’s been fabulous watching them develop as players and into the squad they’ve become. I love coaching them and I love watching them play.
“I’m not embarrassed to say I too shed a little tear at the final whistle over what they’ve achieved and how they’ve done it.”
Storm Player Of The Match: Jenna Rogers
Once again Goal Attack Jenna Rogers was voted Player Of The Match by the opposition. “I don’t think there’s any doubt Jenna had a great game,” said White. “She’s been a joy to work with all season and has been focused on bettering herself and her partnership with Caitlyn which is very good.”
Well as far as Under 16s go, that’s it for the season but the players still have Senior League games to take part in before a short break at the end of April. Then it’s back for Summer Training and looking forward to next season.
Squad at Galmington:
Chloe Filkins (Captain), Phoebe Lagor (Vice Captain)
Niamh Symons, Beth Fenn, Brenna Rowe, Jenna Rogers, Caitlyn Oates, Megan Byrne, Tanni Smitham, Esme Adams, Holly Rowe.