England win the Novotel Cup 2012
23rd January 2012
It was a fantastic start to 2012 for the Women’s England Development Squad, who performed a clean sweep in Luxembourg at the weekend, to be crowned Novotel Cup Champions, for the fifth time in history.
A tough three days of competition saw the England Development Women victorious over hot favourites Germany and then host nation side, Luxembourg. England’s final game was a home nation showdown where England overcame old rivals Scotland in straight sets – to remain undefeated for the Cup!
Head Coach Jefferson Williams commented: ‘‘It has been several years since England Women entered the Novotel Cup and we had little knowledge about our opposition going into the competition. As a team we set ourselves targets and objectives that we feel were achieved during the tournament. It is a great achievement to take home the 2012 Novotel Cup and we look forward to returning to Luxembourg in 2013 to defend our title.’’
The Men’s England Development team struggled to build on the Women’s success, losing out to strong competition from Denmark, Luxembourg and Scotland; in a hard fought group ultimately won by home nation Scotland.
A busy weekend of competition for England also saw the Junior Men travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second round of the CEV European Juniors.
Although coming close to victory against hosts Bosnia, in a five set thriller that left twitter followers, tracking live score updates, on the edge of their seats; the competition proved challenging for the England Juniors, who lost out to Lithuania and eventual group winners, Sweden.
Novotel Cup, Luxembourg England Women Development Squad Vs Germany 3-2 (26-24, 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 15-10) Vs Luxembourg 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21) Vs Scotland 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-20)
England Men Development Squad Vs Luxembourg 1-3 (23-25, 26-24, 17-25, 20-25) Vs Denmark 2-3 (20-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-23, 11-15) Vs Scotland 2-3 (17-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16, 13-15)
CEV European Juniors, Bosnia & Herzegovina England Junior Men Vs Lithuania 0-3 (22-25, 18-25, 19-25) Vs Bosnia 2-3 (25-23, 25-14, 25-27, 26-28, 13-15) Vs Sweden 0-3 (21-25, 18-25, 20-25)