On Wednesday 10th May Holsworthy U15 handball team travelled to Paignton for the South West Championships.
We were put in a group with Wadebridge, Purbeck and Orchard.
Our first game was against Wadebridge. We started badly conceding 3 goals early on, but then a strong goal by Richard Orchard led us to improve our play and we went on to score 4 goals to make the final result a 4-3 win. Goals were from Luke Self, Kameron Forward and Richard Orchard (2). This was a great comeback and gave us a good start to the competition.
In the second game we played Purbeck. We had a poor start conceding a goal early on and our defence started to lack. We made a superb effort to come back, however were unable to take the lead. Riley Orchard made some brilliant saves, but couldn't keep them all out. Final score was 7-4 to Purbeck.
Once again we got off badly in the third game, going one behind. After that it was a hard-fought game which we sadly lost 4-3. This result caused us not to get through our group and therefore not making the final. All goals in the last game were scored by Richard.
It was a great day and a valuable learning experience. We played against a number of South West of England and England players, which shows we are not far off of competing at the top level.
Archie Furber and Jamie Hunt
Riley Orchard, Richard Orchard, Archie Furber, Josh Smith, Kameron Forward, Luke Self, Callum Johnson