U13s ISA National Netball Plate Winners!
After a long awaited postponement from the original date, on Friday 10th May the U13s made the long, long trip to York to contest the ISA National Netball Finals, for which they qualified in November. A beautiful sunny day greeted us with a perfect temperature for playing netball.
The U13s made a really strong start winning their first game 14-5 so that was a perfect game to settle the nerves. Their next game was against Alderley Edge and proved a tough one. They were a very tall team and so we struggled a bit and ended up losing, the only game they did lose all day. The next few games resulted in pretty safe wins which left us contesting Scarisbrick Hall for a crunch game. Both teams were nervous and this did affect performance from both teams! This resulted in a draw of 5-5.
So now it all depended on Scarisbrick Halls result with Alderley Edge to decide which one of us went through to the cup round, and which to the plate round! At this point the heavens opened which meant their game was incredibly low scoring meaning Scarisbrick got an extra point for scoring half the overall score that Alderley got. This meant they ended up with one more point than us putting us into the plate round.
After our initial disappointment the girls rallied themselves and were now on a mission to lift the Plate title! Our semi final game was with Princethorpe College and was tough! Both teams were exceptionally well matched and it really came down to which team could exert the most pressure but make the least mistakes! We practice this a lot in training and it gradually paid off. Minute by minute we got a couple of crucial interceptions which our shooters scored from to result in a win of 11-7. The girls were rightly very happy as it put us into the final against Ipswich School. After the semi final this game felt surprisingly easy and Alton pulled out all the stops with an easy victory of 12-4.
That was it……National winners!! We were all deservedly excited and happy. Throughout the day they played like professionals and it was certainly the most consistent and best performances they had done all season. From defence of Isabelle Clarke, Beth Thorpe and Cadi West who got crucial interceptions and put the opposition under pressure, to centre court of Isabelle Rendall, Zoe Lewis and Daisy Harrap who worked so hard to get the ball from defence to attack, to then the shooters of Sienna Cowle and Jemima Hodges who then had to capitalise on the opportunities to shoot when they arose. A complete team effort and thoroughly deserved. Congratulations to all of them.