A young Lancashire U11 team had some mixed results on Saturday in the EPSCA U11 Northern Zonal, held at the Flowery Field Academy in Hyde. An excellent venue, and well organised on the day.
Team Manager, Malcolm Birks, gave his rousing speech to the team. As is the case with the majority of juniors, the plea to take their time and play slowly fell on stony ground!
Within 30 minutes of the start of Round One, 15 players had returned to the team room! The age-old conundrum, how do we get the juniors to slow down when they arrived at the EPSCA zonal!
A return of 5.5 points in Round One, gave us an early indication that this was not going to be our year! All we could hope for was an improvement in the next two rounds. Round Two the team returned with 7 points, and in the final
A total of 20.5, was a good return for a team that contained 6 players from the U9 squad, and with many players playing their first team tournament they discovered that there is a big difference to the junior congresses they have played in previously.