What a roller coaster ride! The third and final day dawned with all to play for, and all the teams in with a chance. In the morning we played Surrey who had won both their previous matches convincingly. On paper they looked the stronger team, but the Sussex girls pulled out amazing performances to win the match 5-2, with Jelina only losing very narrowly. Some really focused golf, with Lauren and Chloe remaining unbeaten in their three matches.
All to play for in the afternoon – if both Sussex and Surrey win their final match, the winner will be decided by just one game point. Remaining calm, the team prepared over lunch to play their last match against Hampshire, with Rookie Brandy making her first appearance of the week. It was nip and tuck all the way – with Hampshire bringing home the 1st and 3rd matches and Sussex levelling by winning the 2nd and 4th matches. With the supporters nerves jangling more than the players, all eyes focused on what was happening in the final matches. With the next two matches halved, there was huge pressure on the last players, but sadly we went down on the 17th to lose the match 4-3. So close…. pipped at the post – with two halved matches and 2 going to the 17th we were so very nearly there!
Congratulations to Surrey who won their match against holders Kent 5-2 to take the winning slot. Click here for the full results.
The girls had an amazing week, playing with commitment, great team spirit and maturity throughout. After 4th place last year, to secure 2nd place and beat the eventual winners is an incredible performance, particularly with such a young team and six Rookies – a real credit to Sussex. Thank you to all the supporters who came out to cheer the team on over the three days – it was an amazing week.
Pat Johns, Junior County Organiser and Hannah Duval, the Team Captain will be sharing their stories, highlights and more photos shortly – watch this space. Well done girls!
Thank you to the Junior Committee for all their hard work in making the Sussex host year such a successful event.