On Saturday, the Leeds Gorse U15 Boys and Girls teams competed in the ‘Last 8s’ at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering! BOTH teams finished in the top two during pool play which landed them into the semi-finals.
After finishing 3rd at last year’s Last 8, the boys were driven and hungry for a ticket to the finals. We are proud to report the boys went undefeated on the day and earned a golden ticket to compete in the FINALS after winning a close 3 set match against Deep Dish Crystal Palace! Amazing performance by Essay, Ioannis, Naby and Kishore from TRGA, Josh and Emmanuel from TFA and Ariel from BSA! The finals will be played in Kettering on Sunday 23/04/23. If you would like to come support, tickets are now on sale, but going quickly. Alternatively, this will be streamed live. Cup Finals 2023: tickets to end-of-season showcase now on sale (volleyballengland.org)
The girls battled hard and went into extra points with frontrunners, The Boswells School, but just missed out. It should be known that the girls made history as the first Leeds Gorse team to compete in the Last 8. Following in the boys’ footsteps, they are now on the radar as top contenders on the rise for next season and are ranked 3rd in the country. Well done to Daniella, Portia and Krystina from TRGA, Fola from TFA and Lauren from BA! Special shoutout to Daniella from TRGA for captaining throughout the season and leading her team by example on and off the court.
Thank you to everyone for encouraging our students and helping provide opportunities for them to train and compete at the highest junior level in the country. These are enriching experiences our players will remember forever. Please be sure to congratulate the students mentioned above. We will be hard at work preparing our U15 and U16 teams for the finals and hope to see you there!