It’s been a busy week for our girls this week with netball matches for all year groups and the IAPS Swimming Qualifying Championships. The boys have had a break from competitive sport but have used the time to practice hard ahead of next week’s fixtures.
IAPS SWIMMING QUALIFYING CHAMPIONSHIPS
We took 19 Year 5& Year 6 pupils to the IAPS Qualifiers at Millfield School on Monday. It was a long journey but definitely worth it to give our children the opportunity to swim in the impressive 50m pool. The children were nervous and full of questions but all keen to do their best. We were delighted with all of their efforts and well done to our Yr6 girls who came first in their Freestyle Relay and to Florence V who also came first in her Breaststroke Individual heat. As usual the children ‘did us proud’ with their manners, performances and positive attitudes throughout the day.
U11 A Netball v RGS Springfield
The girls performed well on a cold and showery afternoon. They never stopped trying even though the ball became slippery at times. It was clear that there had been much improvement from the last couple of games with girls waiting their turn before they drove forward and worked hard to pass the ball in front of their player. It was a closely fought match all the way through but we snuck in a goal near the end to win 4-3. Well done girls a super game!
U10 Netball v RGS Springfield Won 9-3
A superb performance from the girls in some very wet conditions. The speed of their passes has improved tremendously and we linked 3 or 4 passes together to get it into the D. Amelia was on fire and could not miss a shot, Anna was excellent at getting the ball into the D and Lily who has not played many matches this term worked very hard off the ball to get into space. Three of the girls also played up into the U11 team and worked hard to help them win a very close game.
U9 Netball Tournament
The girls had a great afternoon at the RGS The Grange netball tournament on Tuesday afternoon. They played 5 matches and won 2, drew 2 and lost 1. They were unlucky not to progress into the semi final and came 3rd in their group. It was evident to see all the hard work paying off with some excellent interceptions from Alice and Lucia jumping for every ball. I was very impressed with all the girls thinking about their footwork, catching successfully and throwing in front of their player. Well done girls!
U8/9 Netball v RGS Springfield
On Tuesday the girls enjoyed a full afternoon of netball. We put 3 teams out and Springfield brought 1 due to the sunny afternoon we were able to play a round robin tournament. We played ‘Stingers’ which is the new format that England netball have introduced this season. This is a 5-a-side game where the girls have to rotate their positions on court.
Our first match against RGS was an end to end battled and although we had more shots on goal, unfortunately, it ended in a 0-0 draw. I was impressed with how our girls moved the ball up court, Peggy did well to get into space and Eshal made some lovely interceptions to stop the ball going into their D.
In the second match our U9 girls impressed me with their movement on court. Some excellent dodging skills shown by Eleanor and Ivy to move into space. This team beat RGS 2-0 but again a very close match.
Our second U8 team then played RGS and although they lost 2-0 I was impressed to see the progress they have made with their passing and footwork. It was also great to see Penny play in her first match.