Wessex U16 Men Progress To Next Round Of Cup


Wessex Under 16 boys progressed to the next round of the National Cup after three 2-0 wins against New Forest, Newbury and Academy of Beach Sports (Devon.)


Home team, New Forest were the first opponents for Wessex and they looked formidable in the warm up. Wessex started nervously but good combinations between setter, Joshua Honeybun and older brother Luke, playing middle, saw Wessex take the lead. With Kian Safaee and Rhys Lambert serving consistently it allowed England Cadet, Luke Honeybun to score points by dominating in attack. 13 year old Reif Williams came on and impressed with his control, both in serving and defence. The set went to Wessex 25-17. The second set followed the same pattern with strong middle play from Jack Midgely helping to win the set 25-19.


Newbury were next up and the serving strength of all the Wessex players paid dividends. Tommaso Kemp hit through 4 while libero Finn Smyth kept passing the ball into Joshua Honeybun so he could feed his on form hitters. Harry Midgely, 13, served well before making a great dive pick up. The set was won 25-14 and with the Wessex servers even more dominate in the 2nd set they won 25-8.


ABS had also won all of their matches so it was the crunch tie to decide the winner of the group. Accurate passing from Luke Honeybun and Jack Midgely kept Wessex in control right from the start. Both these players excelled at the net as Safaee kept his serving run going. With Williams, Smyth and Harry Midgely making good defensive plays the lead was maintained. Both Honeybuns served strongly and this pressure told as the set was won 25-12. The second set saw a lapse in concentration with serves being missed. The pressure was back on Wessex now but a couple of strong blocks from Lambert stemmed the tide. The Wessex players were all playing well both, individually and as a team, and with the spirit high they powered on to win 25-17 against good opponents.


Squad – Luke Honeyman, Jack Midgely, Joshau Midgely, Kian Safaee, Rhys Lambert, Reif Williams, Tommaso Kemp, Harry Midgely, Finn Smyth.


Thanks to all the parents for their great support.