King’s School Worcester is celebrating more netball success following the U16 netball team placing fourth in the National Netball Schools Final.
After being crowned District, County and Regional Champions the King’s Worcester U16 Netball team travelled to the National Finals in Stanborough undefeated and full of confidence, ready to compete against the best schools in the country.
Having already scored 209 goals and only letting in 94 the windy forecast did not bother the squad who were determined to perform better than the previous year. A slow start saw a narrow defeat, 12-10 to the eventual winners with a few uncharacteristic errors creeping into play. However, the 12 characters that had travelled were determined to pick themselves up and put right their wrongs.
Sitting in 7th place of a group of 8, the squad fought valiantly to finish the rest of the games in their group seeing one other narrow defeat but winning the remainder. They catapulted from 7th to 2nd and were demonstrating how talented they are. Full of confidence they went 3-0 up early on in the semi finals and things were looking good, but with tournament timings being significantly shorter than a normal game, Brighton College managed to secure a turnover and then convert their centre pass, just nipping into the final spot 8-7.
With the weather taking a turn and the mental and physical toughness of the day starting to set in the girls lost their last game and were crowned 4th overall. A superb achievement that shows true grit, determination and willpower throughout a physically and mentally tough day.
Their growth mindset of never giving up will stay with them for life. Coach Monica Longley said “It was a roller coaster of a day losing their first match against the eventual overall winners and then going on to win through to the semi-finals. The girls have trained hard all year for this moment and fully deserve their final placing of 4th at the Nationals; it has been brilliant to be a part of this outstanding squads' journey. I don't think the players had realised how close they could get to the top spot and I hope they set their sights even higher next year."
This is a fantastic achievement for the girls at King’s Worcester and confirms that Netball players in Worcester can compete with the best in the Country. King’s currently host a Severn Stars NOVA academy at the school, with athletes from around the region training twice a week. This young group of girls will be looking to avenge their 4th place next year when they are sure to come back even stronger.