1st VII netball team reach national finals
The Perse 1st VII netball team headed to Liverpool at the weekend to take part in the National Schools’ Netball Finals.
The team made Perse history by qualifying for this round of the tournament back in January, and they have since been training exceptionally hard to prepare for what was to be a very competitive tournament. With training games against Cambridge University, Comberton Netball club and Co-Jags Netball club, alongside the normal school fixture list, strength and conditioning sessions and extra netball sessions, the girls went to the Nationals as prepared as they possibly could be.
The U19 competition was split into two pools of nine teams, meaning that the Perse had eight games of 14 minutes on the day. To be competing at such a high level as one of the top 18 schools in the country is such a fantastic achievement for these players, who have continually proved that they are an excellent netball team, winning the county title at U14, U16 and U19 level.
In what were some highly competitive games, the girls implemented their team wide defence with great skill and success, pressuring the teams that they were playing. In attack, the team certainly felt the increased pressure of well drilled teams. However, once nerves had settled, The Perse started to play their game with increased movement and drives on to the ball. Every player gave their all on the court, and the determination of the team never waned.
Despite this, some incredibly tall shooters and talented teams saw The Perse team narrowly losing some incredibly hard fought games. The final standing in our pool of eighth out of nine doesn’t quite reflect the success that the team had on the day. Perhaps more reflective was the total number of goals scored against the team, which would have placed the Perse team in 5th place in the pool. Below is a summary of the match scores.
The team should be incredibly proud of all that they have achieved; to qualify for the event, and then to play in extremely competitive matches against some very talented netball schools is a fantastic achievement.
8-10 loss vs Queen Ethleburga’s
4-9 loss vs Guildford High School
7-7 draw vs King Edward VI College
6-8 loss vs Cardinal Newman
7-7 draw vs Oakham School
7-6 win vs Ponteland High School
3-8 loss vs Wellington College
5-11 loss vs Hartpury College