County Championships Marketing campaign – 2022


It was virtually three lengthy years since Nottinghamshire gained promotion to A Division as B Division runners up in a detailed 4-3 loss in 2019 and everybody was been desperate to get again within the fold.

The preliminary event was held at Abbeydale Sports activities Membership, residence of Sheffield HC and the non secular residence of Yorkshire, finalists 4 out of the final 5 years. Notts different opponents could be Lincolnshire, an A Division stalwart and 2013 winners, and native rivals Derbyshire.

Notts began their marketing campaign on the Saturday afternoon towards Lincolnshire. A facet they play repeatedly as a part of their competitors preparation and have been overwhelmed by, comprehensively, simply two weeks earlier.

Notts got here out of the blocks, all weapons firing and had Lincolnshire on the again foot from the off. Two early targets by Jack Robson noticed Notts go into half time comfortably forward. Lincolnshire rallied briefly, late into second half, forcing a penalty stroke with 5 minutes to go and arrange a nervous previous couple of minutes, however Notts held on to achieve their first victory of the weekend.

The early Sunday recreation was at all times going to be key, towards residence facet and favourites Yorkshire. Once more, Notts began strongly, and Oliver Edmond coolly completed to place Notts forward. Yorkshire rallied and pulled stage midway by the second quarter, earlier than Notts Louis Duprez completed well from a penalty nook, to place Notts in entrance on the half time break. Yorkshire pulled stage once more shortly after the beginning of the second half and the sport remained carefully contested, however with neither facet breaking by, to stay 2-2 at full time.

Notts ultimate recreation of the weekend was towards Derbyshire, realizing {that a} win would put them by as high seeds, no matter different outcomes. The sport was a cagey affair, each units of gamers realizing one another effectively, a lot of them team-mates for his or her respective golf equipment. Notts took the lead on 26 minutes through a Jack Robson penalty nook, earlier than Derbyshire pulled stage two minutes earlier than half time. As soon as once more, a cautious second half, neither facet eager to lose, noticed the sport end 1-1 and Notts full their marketing campaign on 5 factors, sufficient to see them by to Finals Day, however they might nonetheless undergo high if Lincolnshire may overcome residence facet Yorkshire.

The shock 4-0 rating line, that Yorkshire have been on the shock finish of, meant that they certified in second place and Notts went by as group champions, giving them a beneficial draw within the A Division Semi-Last.

As has been the latest pattern, Finals Day was held on the Nottingham Hockey Centre. A change in weekend as a result of moved Jubilee Financial institution Vacation meant that Notts suffered some unavailability (this reporter included!) and a few new gamers have been drafted in final minute.

Notts would begin towards Warwickshire, and a sensible first half efficiency noticed them go in on the break forward, with a objective from Alex Davies. Warwickshire pulled stage within the third quarter and that’s the way it remained and could be determined by penalty strokes. After 5 every the rating was 4-4 and we moved into sudden dying and when Warwickshire hit the publish with their fourth sudden dying stroke, Ben Foxley slotted his residence to arrange a ultimate towards total favourites and winners for 3 of the final 4 years, Kent.

Within the ultimate Notts held their very own, however there was no reply to the favourites, they usually went down 5-0 to complete with the County Championships Silver medal.

Supervisor Gareth Parr mentioned, “Notts have gained the County Championships as soon as prior to now, however underneath very totally different circumstances. It’s been ten years since Adam Harmless and James Hewitt approached the chief committee with a want to restart the facet, after a scarcity of volunteers to run it had precipitated us to not enter for various years. We restarted with the next goals, because it’s funded, largely by the Notts golf equipment (and the collaborating gamers), all choices and alternatives could be made transparently, and we’d use the squad as a growth device, not only for gamers however for coaches, officers and technical workers, and I truthfully consider that Notts golf equipment have benefitted because of this. This 12 months has seen gamers from virtually all golf equipment attend the open coaching and trials periods, gaining invaluable expertise being coached by totally different coaches and enjoying alongside totally different staff mates. The squad over the preliminary event and finals day has been made up of representatives from 9 totally different golf equipment, which poses its personal difficulties’.

To conclude coach Matt Orridge mentioned “After two years off a brand new look County facet got here collectively and acquired stronger the extra they performed alongside one another. They’ve labored extraordinarily onerous to grind out some powerful outcomes and I couldn’t have requested any extra of anybody. They’ve all been superb to work with”.

With solely 15 England’s Counties coming into the competitors in 2022, we’re desperate to see how the competitors is revamped as we consider it has change into a vital a part of many gamers season.



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