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Midland 4 Counties - Broadway GC - 31st March & 1st April 2016

The Worcestershire Boys Team were delighted to take part in the 52nd Midlands 4 Counties Tournament. This is the oldest 4 Counties tournament running anywhere in the country.

The Boys Team Manager, Ian Henry, selected what was considered as the strongest 8 players from within the County to represent Worcestershire.

Our first match, on Thursday afternoon 31st March, ended in defeat by Gloucestershire - 3 v 5. Naturally the boys were very disappointed at the result but, in fairness, the match could have gone either way. In the words of the County Chairman, Bill Thompson, the manner of defeat was very encouraging, with lots of fight and spirit shown by the team.

At the excellent Tournament Dinner, held on the Thursday evening, Ian spoke to all the boys individually, and as a team, explaining that every half point would be critical on the Friday, if we were still to win the tournament.

Friday morning 1st April saw our second match, against Staffordshire. There were some excellent performances , with our front 5 all recording good wins against a strong Staffordshire team, 5 v 3.

The morning victory, coupled with other tournament results to date, meant that our third and final game against Warwickshire on Friday afternoon was crucial. In essence, we needed a big victory to secure the title. A lunchtime tactical change in the playing line up took place, and the top 3 all had big wins. A further half point from Joe Price, and a fine point from Jake Kelly, was enough to secure victory 4 1/2 v 3 1/2, but not quite enough to secure the title. All the boys performed well, and both the experienced Harry Lane and the 15 year old Jack Severn, could well have provided points on another day.

So we finished second - not an overall victory, but the fight and spirit of the team was immense. The team can certainly win the League Title this year, although the boys are well aware it will be one heck of a battle. No doubt Staffordshire and Warwickshire will be keener than ever to beat us!! Our top 8 all deserve to be there and I know that the two boys who are added to make up the 10 for a league team will justify their inclusion, and indeed be pushing the 8 for a place in the County 6 Team, and the Severnside Team.

It's been a bright start to the season, but much more hard work and concentration is needed if we are to fulfil our full potential.

I would like to end this short report by stating that the whole demeanour of our team was outstanding, and the presentation of the Broadway course was excellent. I would like to thank Ian Henry for his hard work, and Bill Thompson, and his partner Vicky, as well as Dave McDermott and County Secretary, Stuart Pritchard, for all coming along to a freezing Broadway GC to support the team.

DETAILED RESULTS

Mark Ralphs, Worcestershire County Junior Organiser