Foundation News

21 March

Dramatic Finish as King’s Worcester Reclaim the Superball

King’s Senior School netballers are this week celebrating two victorious wins in the return of the Superball netball game against RGS at Worcester Arena after a 2-year hiatus during Covid.

Saturday 19th March, saw Worcester Arena filled with an electric crowd of over 1,350 spectators cheering the girls on and a further 1800 people watching online from home via the NextGenXV live stream.

The afternoon got off to an exciting start with the second VII winning their game 36-22. The second VII put on a confident performance and led the whole game.  The girls were strong in the shooting circle, the midcourt had a good flow and the defence challenged the ball into the D/shooting semi-circle well.

Second Team Coach, Mrs Longley said after the game “All their hard work came to fruition in their spectacular display this afternoon, I couldn’t be prouder.”

This set the scene for the 1st VII netball team who were keen to finish their season on a high. So far this season the girls have won all of their A team matches.

During the break between the 1st and 2nd games pupils from Year 6 at King’s St Alban’s and King’s Hawford took part in a netball workshop run by The Giants Men Mixed Netball Squad. The girls got the chance to play on the arena courts and took part in drills to improve their technique.

All the girls then stayed around to cheer on the 1st VII during their game and were some of the most excited (and noisy) spectators in the arena.

It was then time for the 1st VII game. The game was close throughout however, unlike the 2nd team, the 1st team were behind for the majority of the match.

At halftime, King’s Worcester were trailing 13-16. During their team talk, they talked about the power of possession, to hold them up through bold defence and to keep the belief.

With one minute left on the clock, Tamara M took the game level and the atmosphere in the arena went absolutely electric. Spurred on by the crowd, the girls got the ball back straight away from the centre pass and quickly got back into the D/semi-circle. With 17 seconds to go, Goal Shooter Maddie Worth (who was later named Player of the Match) won the rebound passed to Goal Attack Tamara M who kept her cool and put the ball through the net! With 12 seconds to go, King’s Worcester had taken the lead for the first time!

The King’s crowd were all on their feet. One member of the squad later said, “When we scored that final goal, the floor shook.” RGS took one final centre pass but this was quickly put out by Goal Keeper Maggie Marshall and King’s reclaimed the Superball Cup.

Director of Netball Mrs McGinley said, “We knew it would be close, having lost to RGS in extra time at the County Tournament earlier this season, but over 60 minutes we knew the girls had the fitness to come through.

There was an impressive display of athleticism from both the 1st and 2nd teams and so much talent on display from both schools. Our girls’ resilience, determination and belief were exceptional.”

King’s team never faltered in their determination to win. The team had exceptional fitness to ensure that they continued throughout the entire match, impressive communication and a clear leader, constant speed and agility and endless resilience and sense of determination. The girls never gave up and kept on fighting. The atmosphere in the arena was utterly electric and many in the crowd were blown away by the standard of netball played by all involved.

See our Superball photograph highlight gallery below:-