Challengers Seniors Review 2017/2018

Challengers Seniors Review 2017/2018
May 10, 2018 Anna Stevens

Pre-season training was well attended, squad selections soon came around. Next season I think everyone needs to be a little bit more aware of this date, some people squeezed into teams when they probably should have started at the bottom.
Challengers welcomed some new faces to training this season. The club voted to put out teams of 9, this has mostly been successful. Rockets started with 9, lost Jemma and Emme to injury, gained Courtney, lost Courtney and have pretty much carried on with a core 6 since Christmas. It became apparent that Flyers’ 9 were doing very well. Flyers gained Ellen from Jets, a very good addition to the team! Jets surprise promotion gave them something to think about as a new team, at least half of their games have been within 4 goals. They fought some tough games. Ellen was replaced with Amaya, a good injection of youth to the team and a big jump for her from Div 4 to Div 1 but she was well up for the challenge.
Comets have been consistent from the start of the season. They lost 2 players (not sure if that’s a club record, to join, play 4 games, conceive and leave) but they then gained a shooter in Nadia. They have been unbeaten and have won every game comfortably by more than 9 goals.
Stars had a great start to the season, suffered slightly when we took the height out of their circle but have really battled through some games. Div 4 is tough as the teams you play aren’t always consistent as multi team clubs moved players up and down. Stars have remained consistent throughout the season and have broken the half century three times, clocking up the highest score of 80.
Flares have had a great season, their first game was Stars and that was always going to be tough, never mind for the first game out. They drew with Cheltenham Ladies and from there on have gone from strength to strength; there are some strong athletes in that team who are going to compete for places higher up next season.
A much, much, more successful season in the Bateman and Per Ardua Cup competitions. Everyone went through the first round, much to Alia’s delight, she has to arrange all home fixtures and some clubs are less than accommodating. More work for Kirsty too as umpires are getting harder to source.
Flyers, Comets and Flares got through to the semi’s, Flyers losing out by a goal or two to Cleeve, Flares and Comets winning theirs to end up in the final together. Comets won, Flares were very worthy runners up.
Club aims were promotion for all teams; Rockets finished fourth, suffered to Team Bath teams.
Flyers, well as a result of both Hucclecote teams and Randwick declining the offer for Regional 3 playoffs, Flyers were more than happy to compete. This will take place at UWE on 20th May.
Jets, finishing mid table after being promoted last season.
Comets were unbeaten in every game they played, winning the pre-season tournament, the league and Per Ardua Cup, success!
Stars, finishing above mid table.
Flares, promoted to Division 3 after coming runners up in Division 4 and runners up in the Per Ardua cup, success.
Overall I’m proud of the successes we’ve had. I feel that if we’d had full availability throughout the season we could have been more successful. That’s the down side of having squads of 9 but a successful season nonetheless.