King's St Alban's

6 March

U11 IAPS Netball

The U11 Netball team attended the IAPS tournament hosted by Millfield school on Monday 5th March. They played six matches during the morning. The girls started their first match straight off the bus and were up against All Hallows School. It took them a little time to warm up during the ten minute game, but they soon got into their rhythm and ended the game with a 1-1 draw. The girls then faced their toughest opposition of the pool with their second game against Redmaids. They put in an outstanding performance and were fantastic competition for the school that eventually went on to qualify for the IAPS Nationals, and narrowly lost to them 3-2. They delivered four out of four wins during the following games, with victories against Mount Kelly Preparatory (4-1), King’s Hall School (3-1), Monkton Preparatory School (1-0) and Kingswood Preparatory School (2-0). Emilia D and Lola B were a continuous strength throughout these matches and were partly responsible for the low scores of the opposition. Ruby I, Kate L, and Phoebe R worked well together and held their own against some tough defenders. Charlotte K was consistent in disrupting the opposition’s attacking play, and Millie D was a calming presence through the court feeding the circle well. Georgia W's movement was outstanding and contributed to some very good attacking plays acrossthe court, and Phoebe R used the circle edge very well to feed the circle. Ellie H injected speed into the attacking play, and when she got into her rhythm, used a quick ball to advance play down court.

All of these efforts secured second place in the group, which entered them into the plays-offs to continue to the next round, the quarter finals. The girls put in a very strong performance against Blundell’s Preparatory School, and left their spectators on the edge of their seats with the match having to continue into extra time and Golden Goal. Unfortunately, the Golden Goal fell into the hands of the opposition, and the girls could not quite regain possession in time. The girls were absolutely outstanding over the day, and made quite an impression against other schools during the matches.

Well done girls! We are very proud of you.

Mrs Clark and Miss Bradley