We started the week with a very exciting tour information evening on Monday night where the whole tour party were excited to order their tour kit and to find out the full itinerary for the trip.
The U12 and U13 teams played superb netball on Wednesday against Swanbourne House School with both teams winning emphatically. The U14B team played on Thursday against Pitsford School A team and put in a great performance also winning by a good score line.
We would like to wish both the U14 and U16 netball teams good luck as they represent both the school and the county at the regional netball finals tomorrow in Nottingham.
Mrs Hackett, Director of Sport
On 13 January, the U15s played a netball match against King Henry VIII, we had a brilliant game winning 45-6. We played as a team and the game flowed really nicely, with every combination we tried working well. We had a great game, especially in the 2nd quarter in which we maintained a clean slate. Everyone worked really hard and the improvements throughout the game were noticeable. By the end of the game we were working as a unit and had begun to develop great partnerships throughout the court. Overall, a great start to the year and we are all looking forward to the rest of the season.
On Thursday 18 January, the U15 A team had a great match against Wellingborough, winning by 10 goals. We were up against a strong defensive side but remained calm. We tried many different combinations all of which worked well. We applied our feedback to the game and that is what helped us gain the win. It was a great match; a big well done to everyone that played.
U13A vs Bilton Grange
Our second match of the season saw us take on a very physical side from Bilton Grange on Wednesday 17 January. The opposition took control of the game from the start with some strong, fast passing, finished off by accurate shooting. The score after the first quarter was 7-1 against us. In the second quarter we began to find our way, although too many interceptions from the opposition and some unlucky decisions against us meant the score at half time was 15-5.
In the third quarter, we changed around the team which proved worthwhile and the quarter went goal for goal with some excellent passing and defending especially by Angelica Suma, who intercepted brilliantly in the circle. The quarter finished 18-8. Unfortunately by this point the damage had been done, and although the team dug deep till the end, we couldn’t catch the opposition. The final score ended 24-12 against us. Players’ player was Jane Ampiah for all round excellent play.
U13A vs King Henry VIII
Our first match of the season was away at King Henry VIII School in Coventry. We started well in the first quarter with some good attacking in the centre third getting the ball into the shooters with some fast, accurate passing. The score was 5-1 after the first quarter. In the second quarter we made some changes to the team, but we didn’t seem to work quite as well in the new positions. However, we did score a further two goals and prevented King Henry from scoring any more taking the score to 7-1 at half time.
With renewed energy and another slight change to the team positions, we struggled to take control in the third quarter, making too many unforced errors. King Henry VIII scored two more goals followed by two more goals from us taking the score to 9-3 at the end of the third quarter. In the final quarter we got back on form and created lots of chances around the court. The defense intercepted passes, centre passes were turned over and the goals weren’t missed, scoring 10 in this last quarter. The final score was 19-5 and player of the match was given to Jane Ampiah for her excellent defending.
U13A vs Swanbourne
On Wednesday 24 January, with the weather outside against us, we played a shortened 2 halves match indoors against Swanbourne. The team had been slightly changed and we went into the match feeling very positive. We started off very strongly, winning centre passes, and with accurate passing got the ball into the circle where goals were rarely missed. The mid court players did an excellent job of getting the ball down the court, with some great balls into the circle by Maddie Down, where Jess Picot and Eloise Harvey scored some lovely goals. The score at half time was 11-2 to us.
In the second half, the team kept going with their winning form, with Jane Ampiah continuing to show she is the perfect choice to play centre for us. The defense kept the ball out of the opposition’s circle and helped the attackers bring the ball back to our end where Lilli Trimble scored some great goals. The final score was 22-5 to us and Player of the Match went to Jane Ampiah.
Last year Milly Thompson and Lucy Shepherd both qualified to represent the District at the Cross Country County Round. On Saturday 20 January, they both traveled to Wellingborough to run in the County Cross Country Champs. The girls both did very well considering the distance and the weather conditions. It was a very rainy and cold day but they ran the 4.5k very well with Year 8 and Year 9s. The race was tough with all of the hills and the very muddy course but they both crossed the line having run and well as they could. Milly Thompson came 20th and Lucy Shepherd finished 34th. It was a very well run race from both girls. Well done!