​Netballers Place Second at Small Schools National Finals | King's Hall School Taunton

​Netballers Place Second at Small Schools National Finals

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What a fantastic experience our U11 netballers had at the Small Schools National Finals last month. Hosted by Framlingham College Prep School, the IAPS competition saw around 180 Year 5 and 6 girls compete in a series of fun, yet competitive matches.

After a lengthy trip to Suffolk, the girls enjoyed spending some quality time together over dinner before heading to bed. The following morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they headed to the tournament, ready to give their all.

The first match of the day was against Holmwood House; a great start to the tournament with the girls winning 11-0. Their lucky streak continued, and they were victorious once more after winning 7-2 against The Royal School.

Two more wins against the Dolphin School (6-4) and Beeston Hall (7-0) left the girls beaming with pride. However, the match against Dolphin was particularly hard, and the team counted themselves as rather fortunate to secure the win after capitalising on a rare opposition mistake.

As a result of their wins, they had topped the pool and now faced Barnardiston Hall in the quarter final, where their streak continued 6-2. The semi-final, however, proved tough, with the shooters from both teams feeling the pressure. But pushing through, the girls held on to finish 3-2 on the whistle, securing a place in the final.

Their last opposition was definitely the hardest. With a strong goal shooter who rarely missed the target, they knew it would be tricky. Despite the tough competition, the team played exceptionally and secured a 4-4 draw at half time. Witham Hall, however, had other plans and managed to up a gear and pull away to win.

Team coach, Sal McDermott, said: “I was so proud of the girls! We finished second and came away with a well-deserved silver medal. Mrs Murray and I had a great time with these wonderfully positive girls, who work so hard for each other. We arrived back at school exhausted but so happy! Well done U11s!".


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