Congratulations to the U11A and B netball teams on their exciting and determined match play at a tournament, hosted by Prince’s Mead School, on Saturday 9th February. As the snow and sleet fell outside the tournament took place inside Prince’s Mead’s sports hall.
The B team had a tough draw against both Hampshire Collegiate and Prince’s Mead A teams and, although they were unable to outplay their opponents, they produced some promising netball. Well done to Lola Massingham for accurate shooting; Jocelyn Ramm for adapting as Centre; Quinn Carlyle-Scott and Emily Hammond for their promising play; Issy Poultney, Sophie Patterson and Pebble Barling for their positive contribution to the B team.
St Swithun’s A team won their two group matches against St Gabriel’s (6-4) and Prince’s Mead B team (6-0). They then went on to win against Hampshire Collegiate School (11-0) in the semi-finals.
Securing their place in the finals, St Swithun’s had to face St Gabriel’s again. This proved to be an incredibly close game with St Gabriel’s just nudging ahead to win 3-2. The girls can be incredibly proud of themselves as, due to illness and unavailability of several players, the A team had to reshuffle and readapt to new players and new positions. Claudia Collins deserves a special mention for playing up a year into the U11A team; she adapted so well that it was hard to believe that she had never played in this team before. Rebecca Truesdale also adjusted extremely quickly moving up from the B team to the A, and Sarah Hotot took on her new role as Centre with great determination and dexterity. Freya Green played exceptionally well as Goal Defence; her tenacity to intercept the ball was most gratifying. Jessica Gordon showed great speed and athleticism in receiving the pass, and both Tallulah Jeffes and Alice Calder shot with much precision.
Well done girls; to win silver medals was a fantastic achievement!