ISA National Tournament Success
After qualifying back in November at the ISA Regional netball tournament, 9 excited girls and parents, made the long drive to York this weekend to contest the ISA National tournament.
Our team had the delight of playing their early games on a sprung loaded track surface which was really nice to play on. As expected at national level ,every team were of a very high standard. Alton began its campaign with a slighty nervy start resulting in a draw against Scarisbrick Hall. Confidence grew throughout the next two games with two wins over St James Senior School and Stafford Grammer. By now Alton’s nerves had gone and we were playing some outstanding netball in both attack and defence. Our final game of the morning was against Ballard School. At this point the tension was high. A win for either team would have resulted in winning the pool and gaining qualification for the cup semi final in the afternoon. Ballard got away from us initially to go 3 goals up. I have never seen Alton dig in so deep to pull it back but they certainly did in this game. Gradually we pulled it back so for the last 3 minutes we were drawing. Unfortunately, time was not on our side. Ballard scored off their centre and as the ball was moving down the court towards our goal, the final whistle went, our only loss of the morning, 10-9!
We then had a tense wait to see who had qualified. We finished equal second in our pool so it went down to goal difference and we found we had lost out to St James Senior School. Which was frustrating as we had beaten them in the rounds!
So, Alton then played the semi final of the Plate competition which we won easily and moved onto the Final against Alderley Edge School. All the girls played their hearts out. Some interesting umpiring led both teams to be a bit confused as to what was going on but Alderley just managed to get ahead of us and then held their lead, leaving Alton to pick up the Runners Up spot.
An incredible achievement, performing and competing at such a high level. All the team should be incredibly proud of the hard work they have put in leading up to this tournament. They can hold their heads high and know they performed at their best which is all you can ask. Well done girls!!
A big thank you to all the parents for their support in getting the girls up there and throughout the tournament as well.
Worth mentioning Ruby Mann should gave been there but had gone to A and E with a fractured thumb!