Juniors on form at charity bash for Keech Hospice Care

Grangers Blizzard were winners of the event for Years 5 and 6
Grangers Blizzard were winners of the event for Years 5 and 6

The Bedford & District Junior Netball League held their end of season Charity Tournament on Sunday to raise funds for Keech Hospice Care for Children.

In the morning 27 teams took part in the Year 5 & 6 tournament, splitting into four groups and playing six minutes each way.

Leighton Buzzard Eagles were Years 7 & 8 champions

Leighton Buzzard Eagles were Years 7 & 8 champions

In the first semi-final, MK White began with a three-goal advantage and this proved to be sufficient for them to reach the final as they ran out 6-3 victors.

In the second all-Grangers semi-final, Tempest started with six goals and Blizzard with two goals. Fortunes were reversed, however, as Blizzard soon caught up and finished with a healthy 9-3 winning margin.

The final was very close, with just the one-goal advantage to MK White to start off, and at half-time honours were even. But Grangers Blizzard were once again on good shooting form and eventually won 7-5.

After lunch it was the turn of 26 teams in Years 7 and 8 to play a handicapped Versatility Tournament.

There was only one goal difference as Leighton Buzzard and Shefford Spinners took to the court for the first semi-final, however Leighton Buzzard soon took control of the match and ran out winners by 13 goals to 7.

In the second semi-final, odds were stacked in favour of Grangers Cyclones who started out six goals ahead of club-mates Hurricanes.

But the gap between themselves and First Division Cup runners-up Hurricanes proved to be too much and the match finished with Hurricanes winners by 9 goals to 7.

With two divisions separating the finalists, Leighton Buzzard started with a four-goal advantage. The first half was very close with Grangers scoring four goals and Leighton Buzzard notching two – making the score 6-4 to Leighton Buzzard at half-time.

Leighton Buzzard went on to build on this lead in the second half and scored another four goals to Grangers’ three to take the trophy by 10 goals to 7.

Keech Hospice Care ran a tombola on the day as the event raised in excess of £1,000 for the charity.