Team: Valentina Milne, Saskia Norman, Serena Blake, Niamh Healy, Tess Clarke, Grace Murray, Jemima Attwood, Willow Burrows, Issy Skinner
The girls excelled themselves today with determination, great team work and play they really rose to the challenge to prove what they do best……play brilliant netball. Their movement, timing and passing rarely saw them defeated in their attacking play. Likewise they all showed exceptional defending work from the moment possession was lost in order to regain it. Numerous turn overs from Grace at Wing Defence at the centre pass were made; Jemima grew in confidence at the sheer height she could jump to get a touch on the ball with Willow never giving her opponents a moment’s peace, what she might lack in height she certainly never gave up by hassling them!
The girls finished as runners up in their section only losing 1 of their 9 games. In the quarter finals, where they met Guildford High, they played almost their best netball to win convincingly to reach the semi-finals where unfortunately they once again met their nemesis, Milton Keynes, who to date were the only team to beat them. The girls gave their all but on this occasion they were out played by a better team so went on to play off for 3rd and 4th position. Having played nearly three hours of netball they were definitely running on empty losing to Twyford, however this was no mean feat finishing 4th in the country.
The day started with Niamh gallantly trying to fight off a high temperature but in the end she couldn’t continue so Issy ably stepped in to play centre and throughout she grew in confidence showing her true colours. Valentina, Serena and Saskia were strong in attack, once again coming through to heights they didn’t know they were capable of. Saskia showed more aggression in her play than ever before and her movement and timing were ever improving. Serena(10) and Valentina(11) take ones breathe away with their timing, movement and mature play making one pinch oneself that these girls are so young.
An excellent result well done, supporters were all exhausted so goodness knows how tired you girls were.