1st VII netball team make Perse history
The 1st VII netball team has made Perse history, qualifying for the National Schools Netball Championships. The team took part in the East Regionals on 31 January, proving their prowess on the court and their determination to succeed.
The team faced Boswells School in their first pool, and after a nervous start, went on to win the game 12-1. This was followed by a tough match against Wootton School, but the girls kept their cool, going on to win the match 8-5. Norwich High School and Ipswich High School could not match The Perse, and wins of 12-9 and 11-7 respectively put the team in a strong position going into the last game of the pool round, against Haberdashers’ Aske’s. In this very closely fought game, Haberdashers’ took the lead in the final seconds, winning 5-4.
As both Haberdashers’ and The Perse had each lost a match, the final results of the pool depended on the goal averages of the two teams. The Perse scored 47 goals and conceded 27, while Haberdashers’ scored 40 and conceded 26, meaning they won the pool.
They went into the semi-final to play Seevic College – a win in this match would mean automatic qualification for the Nationals. This semi-final saw some excellent netball, despite the increasingly wet and cold conditions, going on to win 8-4. They faced Broxbourne School, where Broxbourne pulled ahead to win the game 6-2, with The Perse going on to take the runners-up position.
The team now look forward to the Nationals on 14 March.
Acting Head of Netball at The Perse, Ellie Thorne said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the team, their coach Helen Stepney and for Perse netball. The girls have been tirelessly dedicated to their training, wholly committed to the team and are hugely deserving of this accolade. The coming weeks will be an exciting time as they prepare to go to Liverpool for the Nationals in March.”