U18 Team Manager Laura recently invited this year’s squad to participate in a team-building afternoon in preparation for the new season ahead.
While not all the players were able to make the event, those who did enjoyed a crate-building challenge on the high ropes at the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre before enjoying a meal together at Nando’s in Highcross, Leicester.
Having made an excellent start to the Shires League season with wins against Derbyshire and Northants before Christmas, the U18 Team have subsequently played 3 more rubbers since the beginning of February….
Sunday 5th February vs Yorkshire 2 (Home)
With the team at full strength, Yorkshire 2 were not expected to present a huge challenge – and so it was to be proved! The team started strongly with all 4 mixed pairs recording wins against the visitors; a good position from which to face the singles which followed suit with 3 of the boys and 3 of the girls winning. The score going into the level doubles was 10-2, leaving the home team only 1 win to deal an overall victory. Aspirations ran higher however and all 4 pairs won both their games with only 3 of the 8 going to the 3rd end.
Final score: Leicestershire 18 : Yorkshire (2) 2
Sunday 26th February vs Nottinghamshire (Away)
The recent addition of Izzy Pike to the team roll call came at just the right moment when Sunday morning saw the team assemble with (wo)men down at the Joseph Whitaker School for this important local derby; Eve nursing an injured foot and Ella feeling unwell. Izzy was thrown in at the deep end for her first game playing mixed with Jai who kept the ship steady to record a win, as did Ryan & Eve and Tom & Hritika to make the score 3-1 to the visitors going into the singles
This was a game of 2 halves! All 4 boys recorded straight set wins against their opponents but the girls had no such luck. With 4 strong singles players on the opposite side of the net and the illness and injury facing our girls, it was only newbie Izzy who could convert her efforts into a win. The score going into the level doubles was now 8-4; a clear advantage going into the final games. But things weren’t going to be easy! Jai & Nikhil won both their games and while Martin & Ryan fought hard and took both their games to 3, they were not able to record wins. As Eve & Ella and Hritika & Issy walked on for their games, Leics only needed a single win. Hritika & Issy dug deep to beat the Notts second pair but the girls were unable to convert their other games.
Final score: Leicestershire 11 : Notts 9
Sunday 5th March vs Warwickshire (Away)
The team assembled at Rugby School Sports Centre knowing that this was to be by far their toughest test yet. With both Eve and Ella still not fit to play, Izzy Pike and Jess Allen were called up to step into the breach.
Confirmation that this was to be a challenging day came right from the start with all 4 mixed games being won by Warwks, despite all 4 Leics pairs working hard and both Jai and Izzy and Ryan & Issy forcing a 3rd end. In singles, both boys and girls gave it their all but against exceptionally strong opposition, only Jai and Izzy were able to put wins on the board. Going into the level doubles, Warwickshire were ahead 10-2 and only needed 1 more game from the levels for the overall victory.
The Warwks girls were just too strong for the Leics pairs of Hritika & Jess and the Izsy’s but they didn’t give up and concentrated on putting as many points on the board as possible. The boys fared better with both Jai & Nikhil and Martin & Ryan carving out excellent 3 sets wins against the Notts #2 pair.
Electrical work will be carried out next week, Monday 13th until Monday 20th, so our LBA hall will be shut from Monday and hopefully reopen the following Monday.
Babington were only informed by the contactors at the end of the day, yesterday, 8th.
The week-end tournament U12 invitation and U15 match to be held on Sunday should not be affected.
The closure will start on Monday 13th until Monday 20th if everything goes ok with the work involved – they have found some problems with the electrical work in the sports hall that they did not expect – some asbestos found.
It is essential that all players are escorted to their training session. Please make sure the coach is in the sports hall before leaving your child. You must also collect your child from inside the sports hall at the end of the session.
Please Note – Babington College – The College is due to be demolished and relocated on the other side of the road. (With the exception of both Sports halls)
The Sports hall will be closed until Jan 2015, this is not convenient but unavoidable with such a big project.
The LBA Hall will be in use as usual but there is bound to be disruption at some point, possibly access to the building may vary depending on the progression of the work. We are trying our best not to disrupt the training programme, but ask for your patience, we will keep you informed at each stage, please keep your eye the LSBA Website for more details.
As you all know by now Babington College is being knocked down ( don’t panic not the sports halls )
There are bound to be some disruptions with such a big job.
There is no access to the balcony which will make it more difficult especially at the Matches and Tournaments , but we will be using a small space in the sports hall for bags etc.
Our concern at the moment is with the players having to vacate the building to use the toilets which are located in a portable cabin just outside the side door. As the nights draw in it is more concerning so we are going to suggest that if a player needs to use the toilet that they do not go alone , it will be difficult for the coach to be expected to supervise a loo run and coach therefore our suggestion is that the players asks the coach if they need to leave the building and to always go in at least pairs or under a parents supervision.
Coaches – Can you please let your players know this .
This email will be sent to all players parents.
PLEASE – Always check that a coach is on the premises before leaving your child ( do not just drop them off )