TSW Dawlish Octopush Juniors took to the road last weekend to contest the British Regional Championships. They combined with colleagues from Plymouth and Helston to represent The South West at Under 16, Under 14 and U12 Age Groups. Competing against The North, South East, Wales and their own South West colleagues, they “medalled” in every age group. The South West are very strong nationally, and entered multiple teams in each group; the Under 14 team took Gold, Silver and 4th places.
The Under 16 team was most unlucky to come away with the silver medal. Undefeated on the day, with a single draw, the remaining matches straight wins; their record was identical to gold medallists, The North, but The North had conceded 1 less goal over the day’s play. The competition was closely contested in every match. Dawlish players representing South West were: Oliver and Toby Curle, Louis Pyper, Gemma Morgan, Elliot Wilkinson, Kieran Tucker, Oliver Johnstone, Alice Nuttall, Laurence Ashworth and Hannah Colley.
At Under 14 level The South West teams ran rampant, putting all opposition to the sword, scoring liberally and conceding rarely. TSW Dawlish will be favourites to retain their National Club Championship medals in July. Dawlish players representing South West: Paige Connolly, Guy Ashworth, Morley Atkins, Caitlin Johnstone, Caleb Pullan, Ted Ironside-Smith, Tom Nuttall, Aidan Leigh-Brown, Rachel Davis, Daisy Wright, Joe Smith, Joe Broom, Alex Cole, Josh Cooper and Carrie Strutt.
The South West Under 12 team took bronze medals. For some this was a first tournament, and a useful blooding ahead of July’s National Club Championships. For all it was a gruelling day of matches spread over four hours. Dawlish players representing South West: Henry Gilbert, George Correy, Louis Atkins, Abigail Landen, Joe Gough, Leah Kelley, Seb Curle, Zac Bonney, Joel Davis, Robert Richmond and James Strutt.
The South West, with Dawlish pre-eminent, is the power house of Junior Octopush. In recent seasons they have carried all before them. The North, in particular, and Wales are currently resurgent, pressing the South West youngsters hard. This can only push standards higher. With several Dawlish players already in Great Britain squads, we can optimistically expect to see several local juniors competing for Great Britain in the 2017 World Championships in Hobart, Tasmania.
Well done to all those young people great effort.
Well done to all who took part.
Yes indeed. I was disappointed when Spotlight reported these championships, they banged on about how well the south west had done but not a mention of Dawlish.
@Daverc - this is because these were the regionals which means tsw juniors joined up with plymouth to represent the south west. this news item is from a 'dawlish' perspective but tsw juniors aren't just made up with dawlish people, there's children from a lot of the surrounding areas, we just mainly train in dawlish and teignmouth in the summer.
Well done team.