Thames Valley Kings joined with the Tornados who made their club debut in the Junior leagues this season for this competition.
The following match reports from Junior league is taken from the Tornado's website - Big shout out goes to Carl at Tornados for this Match report - In this tournament, Tornado's Carl is head coach of the Under 19's while the King's Jacqueline is head coach of the under 15's
TornadosKings U19 16- 12 Northern Ireland U19
Each game is 2 10 minute halves in this league so you have to get off to a good start which both teams managed to do trading baskets throughout the 1st half, TornadosKings just managed to get their noses in front by 2 points and the end of the half leading 12-10. The second half was a very cagey affair with both teams struggling to find the accuracy they managed in the first half as baskets were hard to come by. But again it was TK edging the half 4-2 to see the game out and win their opening game 16-12
TK scorers were Reece 10, Tom 4 & Jo 2
TornadosKings U19 15 -23 Blackhawks U19
TornadosKings second game of the day was against Blackhawks. Unfortunately TK got off to a slow start as the baskets would not drop for them in the first half as the shots continued to find a way not to go in. Blackhawks had the lead at halftime 10-2. TK found their rhythm in the second half and with a couple of minutes left in the game pulled the game back to within 3 points but TK couldn't continue to close the gap as Blackhawks went on to win the game 23-15
TK scorers were Lewis 5, Reece 4, Tom 4 & Brad 2
TornadosKings U15 07 -24 Northern Ireland U15
Unfortunately for TornadosKings under 15?s had to forfeit both their games due to lack of players but they played both games as friendlies to gain some vital experience for the future rounds ahead. It was Ireland who started the strongest and lead at halftime time 12- 2. TK performed much better in the second half with some great team work to close the gap in the second half, however Ireland proved too strong and went on to close the game out and secure the win.
TK scorers were Ryan 5 & Kieran 2
TornadosKings U15 21-0 Hornets U15
The second friendly of the day was against Hampshire Hornets. TK with a much better performance raced out to a 12-0 lead in the first half and with that confidence controlled the whole game not letting Hornets back into the game, who themselves had no luck when it come to the ball dropping in the hoop but continued to fight but TK proved to strong in the end even hitting a three pointer towards the end of the second half.