Last weekend our U16 and U14 netball teams travelled to Phoenix Collegiate School, Telford to compete in the Regional Finals.
Both teams had qualified for the tournament as County Champions so were looking forward to displaying good performances to progress them through the tournament.
The U16’s started the tournament very well by winning their first six pool games. They then faced Bablake, where a challenging game saw them come out of it with a draw. To determine who won the pool King’s had to wait to see the goal difference between them and Bablake. Thankfully we had a greater goal difference so progressed out of the pool in first place.
The girls were playing with fantastic spirit and determination, having lost their captain, Maisy L in the second pool game due to injury.
In the semi-final, the U16s faced King’s High Warwick, where they went into half-time leading 6-3. Having created a lead, the aim was to maintain or increase the gap and see the game through. At the final whistle, the game finished 7-6 to King’s High Warwick. The girls should be immensely proud of their efforts and achievements, reaching the semi-finals having lost their captain.
The U14s had an equally successful day, progressing through their pool and out of the group stages. Throughout the tournament all 12 members of the squad contributed both on and off the court, showing the depth and versatility of the team. The U14s showed great resilience after a defeat in the group stages to come back and win the next match.
The girls faced a tough semi-final against a well-polished Bablake side, who finished the game as winners. The girls fought to the end never letting their heads drop, winning the second half of a hotly contested game.
Miss Ormandy hopes that the girls will take a lot away from their first experience playing at this level, and is looking forward to their future fixtures and excited to see further development from them as a team and individually.
With both teams reaching the semi-finals this makes King’s the highest achieving school in Worcestershire.
Director of Netball, Mrs McGinley comments “I’m really proud of both squads, going into a regional final with both teams as county champions, we never know what to expect. Both squads went through a roller coaster of emotions on the day, but pulled together and showed a great deal of resilience to power through with the end goal of going to Nationals firmly in their minds. All athletes wore the King’s badge with pride this weekend.”
Congratulations to both teams on their impressive achievements at the Regional Finals!