Heathcoat Cup 2017 Review
The Heathcoat and BE Cups are one the most important competitions in the Boccia season. Players from all across England enter and compete from first-timers to GB Internationals. The competitions took place on the 4th and 5th of February, in Hatfield. PACE Boccia entered five of their athletes, across both events. A record number!
First up, was the Heathcoat Cup. PACE Boccia debuted two new players. Mitchel Robinson and Savraj Sehra, along with PACE Boccia veteran, Ramandeep Mann.
Ramandeep Mann kicked things off, and what a start it was. She faced off against Curtis Rolton, playing a fantastic match, completely dominating her opponent. Her shots were all very consistent, closing the space to the Jack Ball. The final result was a resounding 16-0!
Ramandeep’s second match however, was a much closer affair. Her opponent, Neil Crowley, had a strong medium game, placing his Jack Ball in the middle of the court. Like Ramandeep, in the first game, her opponent did well to close the space making it hard to score points. The final result was 4-1 to Neil.
Despite the result, Ramandeep progressed to the semi-final. Simon Claire was her opponent, a player who’s come up against PACE athletes before. That didn’t faze Ramandeep however, who played a great match scoring lots of points when she needed too. Securing an 8-1 victory.
Into the Final Ramandeep knew it was going to be a tough match, as any Final is. She came up against Tommy Christ, a very powerful opponent. But she held her own, resulting in a very close match with both players limiting the score. The final result was 3-1 to Tommy.
Ramandeep finished the day with a silver medal in the BC1/2 category. Congratulations Ramandeep!
Savraj Sehra was next up, making her PACE competitive debut. This was a very special moment for her and PACE.
Savraj’s first match was against a close friend of PACE Boccia, Anton Hamilton. These two players have faced each other before and it was great to see them play in a competitive setting. The match didn’t disappoint. Both players played fantastically well. All the ends were very close, with the match finishing 3-1 to Anton.
Savraj’s second match was also very close finishing 3-2 to her opponent.
Savraj learned from her last two matches and punished her opponent’s mistakes to come out with a victory, winning 3-1 and clinching a bronze medal!
Last but not least, Mitchell Robinson also made his competitive debut, and what a debut. Mitchell showed a fantastic temperament, stayed calm and focused throughout the competition. He was placed in a BC4 group with two other players, Rachel Hawks and Chrissie Parison.
Mitchell won both games, 14-0 and the last game on a tie-break!
These results reflect Mitchell’s ruthlessness and also coping under pressure. He should be very pleased with how well he played and very proud of his gold medal
Congratulations to all of our PACE Boccia athletes!