U18A Netballers Shoot for Success
On Wednesday 7th March the U18A Netball team competed in the District Tournament at St Mary's School in Bishop's Stortford. At the end of the competition, the team were crowned 2017-18 District Champions.
The U18As' first match was against a very strong Herts and Essex team, whose team play together at club level, so they were extremely well drilled. Having not quite switched on and with the rain pouring down we lost this match 1-9 but we knew that we still had a chance of going through to the next round if we won our other two group matches. Our second match was against St Mary's and we played much better in this match with the score ending 13-2. Our final match was against Leventhorpe and we managed to come away with a 14-1 win, which put us in 2nd place in our group.
In the semi-finals we came up against a strong Saffron Walden County High side, with many club members making up their team. With possession pin-balling between the two sides and both sets of shooters putting in their chances at full time the score was 5-5 which meant we were going through to extra time. After another 6 minutes of play the score was 8-8 and both teams were determined to come away with the win. We knew we had 3 final minutes to try and take the win and that's exactly what we did, winning the semi-final 11-9.
Before we knew it, the final was upon us and we were up against Herts and Essex again, and to whom we had earlier on lost 1-9. The girls did extremely well to put this result to the back of their minds and they approached the match full of optimism and eager to come away with the win. We had a terrific start, with Charlotte D making numerous interceptions and preventing the ball from getting into the opposition’s circle. This was an incredibly tense match, with Herts and Essex trying their very best to close the gap we had made. The final score was 8-5 and meant that we were handed the shield!
All the girls should be extremely happy with their performance but Charlotte D is awarded Player of the Tournament for turning the ball over so many times.
Hannah Edwards, Sports Teacher