Last weekend saw the start of the Central England Regional League and with it LCKC Tornadoes’ 2017/18 season. With a newly minted squad including 4 players newly selected for this season and a helping hand from Ant too, the pressure was on to, not only start the season off strong but also to keep the team’s unbeaten streak of 12 games on track.

Taking to the blue-hued hall in attack were captain Jenny Freeman, Rachael Kings, Trevor Brown & Tom O’Callaghan, with Abbie Mycroft, Mel Kupaza, Dan Hawthorne & Craig Allison holding down the fort in defence. The game began largely tet-a-tet with Warriors kicking off the scoring and Leicester replying in kind. With penalties against LCKC at each end, two scored and one missed, Warriors were scoring regularly but 3 penalties also went Leicester’s way and by 1/2 time Leicester was looking like the better team with the scoreboard at 8-12.

Off came Tom and on came Pete. So too with Rachael & Vik. A quick hands-in and it was back on court to try and increase our lead – and increase our lead we did.

Shortly after the half had started Craig came off for Ant & Mel for Charlotte, but not before Craig earnt and scored another penalty. The floodgates had been opened and with Abbie & Dan sussing their attack and Pete’s interceptions piercing Warriors’, the game was Leicester’s for the taking. Warrior’s number 7 who had been a defensive problem for Tom in the first half was now well covered between an agile Ant & a cover-ready Dan providing only one goal for Warriors and their only goal of the half. By contrast, Leicester was scoring thick & fast with every player on court scoring. By the final whistle, an elated & impressively well-tuned LCKC left the court 18 goals up with an impressive score of 9-27. This puts LCKC at the top of the table for the first week of CERL 2 and promises to pave the way for an impressive season to come.

Scorers were:

  • Jenny (5)
  • Craig (2 & 3 Pens)
  • Pete (4)
  • Abbie (3)
  • Dan (2 & 1 Pen)
  • Trev (2 & 1 Pen)
  • Ant (2)
  • Charlotte (1)
  • Mel (1)
  • Vik (1)

Catch Tornadoes again on Sunday when all 3 Leicester teams are at home & Tornadoes take on Manchester University!