Eleven of Our under 13s and their Parents (and one uncle) embarked on tour for the first time over the bank holiday weekend - 3rd of May to the 6th of May to Great Yarmouth.
We stayed at Haven Wild Duck Park about 10 minutes from the playing site which was very handy.
The girls all arrived excited and in great spirits on the Friday night and after handing out the tour shirts and information we had a relaxed evening around camp. The girls were already winners by fleecing the grabber machines of its contents of chocolate in the arcades. Sorry not sorry Haven!
Saturday we played four matches and found ourselves pitted against some very serious opposition. Division One winners in Norfolk, A Mid Table Side in Division One in Norfolk, County Champions of Kent and Premier League Winners of Warwickshire.
Not only did we have to battle these teams and raise our game we also had to contend with some awful weather to say the least. Where we had barrage of hail storms and gusts of high winds. We managed to somehow shelter under the Gazebo despite it falling apart with every gust.
None the less this did not stop as and 4 draws meant that we ended day one unbeaten and proud of how we competed against such sides. The girls really did raise their game and didn't look out of place against them. So really well done to every one.
Saturday afternoon saw most of the girls take a dip back at camp in the Swimming Pool before we all headed off to Great Yarmouth Dogs for a team night out. There was many a winner on the night which was great to see and we finished the night of with the odd drink or five in the club house. We need to thank Chantelle (we don't know her buy the way) for entertaining us all on the Kareokee throughout the night. A tour highlight you could say.
Match Day Two brought much better weather although it was tough to have such an early start being the first team on. It is difficult being the touring team with local teams involved as the energy expended off the field through excitement is far greater than any one can imagine. None the less we raised our game once more and finished the day on a high note where we could of with a bit more luck one the final match.
The girl can hold there heads up proud, there was very little in it as the goals were hard to come by for all teams and Keith and I could not of asked anything more of the girls in these matches. The friendships and memories created will last a lifetime and can serve to helps us in other tournaments and for next season as the girls want to fight for each other!
After the games ended on match day two we headed off to the beach as none of us despite being near the seaside had actually seen it in the time we had been here. We also took the time not only for the odd ice cream but to do our own tour awards as follows -
Best Parent On Tour - Marie Burson
Best Player On Tour - Faye Cargill
Best Moment On Tour - Maisy Standing / Megan Baker-Jones
Best Goal of Tour - Erin Kavanagh
Best Tourist - Sophie Christer
Follow this we chilled out back at camp and then headed to the Haven Seashore Park for the Presentation Awards for the Tournament where all the girls got to go on stage and receive their medals presented by former England, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Derby Striker Darren Bent. There is still an inquest into why we didn't win the fair play award but never mind, nothing can replace the great times and memories we have all made.
Roll on the next one (with better weather....... heading west might be helpful!)
Finally thank you to all the girls for being so coach-able, having great humility and behaving themselves on tour, and therefore representing the Club and Hertfordshire to the highest level. So proud of you all.
Thank you to the parents, what a great bunch we have. So supportive.
Special thank you to Keith and Alli for helping with the coaching and organisation of social aspects of the weekend!