The two-day Nottingham invitational netball tournament brings together the best teams in England – the majority are regular participants in the national finals.
In Robin Hood country, the Hawks U12s and U13s were waiting to ambush them.
The Hawks U12s came 4th in their Saturday qualifying group and were only the third Hawks team in history to reach the prestigious cup stage for the teams in the top half of their group. Their Sunday opposition were the childhood clubs of countless England stars, and they finished a fantastic 7th out of 17 overall. Highlights included victories against national finalists Poole, Bury and Yendys and an agonising one-goal loss against eventual fourth-placed Chester. The U12s were an impressive fourth in terms of goals scored.
The U13s had an equally pleasing weekend. With a number of players missing, they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the cup, but they set their sights on winning the Sunday plate competition. A crucial win over Yendys and a nail-biting draw against local rivals AP Saints meant that they needed to win their last game against Durham to claim the plate title. As tiredness set in, they battled hard for their first silverware of the season and scored a dramatic winning goal in the dying seconds.
Both teams were delighted with their share of the spoils.