It’s official: we have the 16th best under 11 Netball team in the whole of the UK!
Over 350 schools entered the U11 Regional IAPS Tournaments at 6 different locations in the UK and from these, the top 40 schools qualified for the IAPS National Netball Finals in Brighton. After a horrendous journey, (Friday rush hour on the M25 ‘car park’ is not to be recommended), we arrived at our top class overnight accommodation, Premier Inn Brighton for a celebratory team dinner, our final inspirational team quote and a good night’s sleep. After a ‘breakfast of champions’ shared with Felsted U13s, an excited U11 squad made the short journey to Roedean School, location of the Nationals, to take on the best of the rest!
A hard day of matches awaited us, with us getting off to a very good start narrowly losing our game 7 – 8, to High March, runners up of the High Wycombe Tournament. The standard of play was extremely high and our girls were certainly not out of their depth; beating St Joseph’s in the Park 7 – 5; RGS The Grange 3 – 2 and Perse Prep 6 – 3 (who they had lost to in the regional finals at Uppingham the week before); whilst drawing 5 – 5 with Marist Prep. The girls lost to Kew Green and last year’s winners Guildford High, who both qualified for the semi-finals from our group; but certainly did not disgrace themselves in either of these games, finishing 4th in their group and 16th overall.
All in all a superb performance by our team, with our girls certainly putting our school firmly on the map amongst the numerous competing school from the south. I was incredibly proud of you all and am sure we will be back there again next year!
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all a love of what you are doing” - Pele