Ocelots win U17s National Indoors

Fourteen teams competed in this year's U17s indoor championships. Great games all weekend with excellent spirit... The top 3 places were extremely closely contested with Airbadgers 1 (last year's champions) just losing out to NC Hammer in the pool stages setting up the more difficult semi final against Ocelots 1. Losing their captain at 3-5 to a suspected broken finger didn't help and they narrowly lost. In the other semi, Artic lost out to NC Hammer.
And so to the final where Ocelots started in great form playing some very safe offence. 4 mistakes from NC Hammer and they found themselves 5-0 down.
They found their game after that and traded till the final whistle with some great athletic plays, but really had no answer to the Sam Green/Michael Connor partnership. Final score was Ocelots 12, NC Hammer 7.

Special mention to Airbadgers who managed to field 4 teams including 12 year 7s playing. Ocelots 2 won the Plate (9th place), Deva ran away with the Spirit award, and Sam Green won MVP. In the special challenge matches, Airbadgers beat Ocelots/Artic in the U13s match 8-5; and Ocelot girls lost to the Deva/Catch Those/Artic combo team 4-6. Johanna took the trophy even though she switched teams at half time and only conceded one point all game.

With 60 juniors signing up to try out for GB U17s, expect quite a strong team to be at tour 0 as they compete with each other for a place in Southampton.

Final places...
1 Ocelots 1 (Malpas, Cheshire)
2 NC Hammer (York)
3 Airbadgers 1 (Exeter)
4 Artic (Sutton Coldfield)
5 Catch Those (Wirral)
6 D-Unit (Colwyn Bay)
7 Deva (Chester) - Spirit winners
8 Airbadgers 2 (Exeter)
9 Ocelots 2 (Malpas, Cheshire) - Plate winners 10 Airbadgers 3 (Exeter)
11 Airbadgers 4 (Exeter)
12 Artic 2 (Sutton Coldfield)
13 Ocelots 3 (Malpas, Cheshire)
14 OAPs (coaches from everywhere)