The season started in what felt like the middle of summer as the first game was the first weekend in October. It saw Thunder 1 up against the newest team in the Regional League, Cardiff Celts. With some new faces in the squad it was time to see if we could live up to the pressure of being reigning Champions. Well, we went out hard and fast to pull into a 10 goal lead early on, this we never looked like relinquishing to finish 30-11 with all 11 squad members getting on the scoresheet and Angus getting 8 and Ruth and Ramzi 5 each. The evening then led to Angus and Grace’s housewarming party, where there was Pimms and Haribos to help us recover.
Week two took us to Tims housewarming party with Whisky City, the start of the SWKL season and another WRL game all against Bristol City. We started with the 4th team, well what can I say, we had a legal squad, we had 3 Korfball debuts and 1 Thunder debut and we WON the first ever win for the 4ths. Two great Captains goals from Ian and some awesome defense say us home 5-3.
The 2nd team were next up and dominated throughout to win 18-8 with 4 each from Beth and Sam.
Finally the 1st took to the Kingsdown stage and it was a cracking game with both teams fighting it out and Jake Cooper having an awesome day for City we had to dig deep to finish up with a 19-14 win. Phil scoring 6 in his first game of the season.
Week 3 – Time for the 3rd team to join the party, however against a physical and athletic Exeter Uni side they struggled in their first game in the higher league. The 4ths were also brought back to earth although we had another Korfball debut to expand the growing Thunder empire. The 2nd team came up against Exeter City and after a close start, largely due to our inability to finish the chances we created, it became a comfortable win 24-10, with 4 each from Captain James, Alex and Clare.
The first team started their Promotion Division season against Basingstoke Bulls which also counted for the WRL. The shot clock was in and the squad were ready. The team started well and looked like they would dominate before a change in tactics from the Bulls brought them back to only one behind at 5-4. Then a wayward pass led to Captain Ruth trying to claw the ball back into the court and a dislocated and chipped finger later led to a reshuffle with Ramzi helping her to hospital Jo and Alex were on and the team had fingers crossed (making Korfball quite difficult) she would be fit for Wales. (thankfully with the wonders of painkillers she was). Again we dug in like the Bristol City match we showed the character of Champions to finish up 17-9 victors and 6 more goals for Phil. The 1st team then had a 2 week rest whilst Ruth, Ramzi and Angus headed to the Europeans with Wales and Scotland.
Week 4 saw only the 3rd team in action and had a very creditable performance against Horfield 2 who finished with 2 Regional League players to win 14-11 but the team were proud of there efforts and really hung in until the additional experience told. The weekend finished with the Christening of Thunderbaby 1, Matilda Morris in Newquay, where pasties were ate and Cornish Rattler was drunk.
The final weekend of the month took us down to Taunton, which would be a real test of the very inexperienced 4ths and the unbeaten 2nds. With Club Captain Dan on full motivational duties and another Korfball debut, bringing our Thunder and Korfball debuts into double figures for the month it was time for the teams to perform. The 4ths were awesome and won through 8-7 after a late come back from Taunton they hung on. 4 goals from Rohanna and Jay giving Beth a heart attack by launching a speculative long shot just after the ref said ten seconds to go and the instruction was not to lose the ball. Thankfully the final whistle went after the ball hit the back wall.
The 2nds after a tight start up to 6-6 managed to get 3 ahead and always kept that distance to win 14-11. Ella scored 3 finishing off Beths awful shots and Clare popped in 2 pens and a short shot.
So after 11 games in October we have won 8 and lost 3. Not a bad start for team Thunder.