Prep netball and hockey teams book place in national finals
7 Mar 2018
The Perse Prep’s young sport stars have claimed double success after reaching the national IAPS finals in both netball and hockey.
The U11 netball team got off to a great start in their qualifiers at Uppingham by beating Foremarke Hall 2-0 and Wakefield Girls’ High School 2-1.
They were held to a 2-2 draw by The Grammar School at Leeds and followed it up with a 4-1 victory over Gresham’s School. Wins over St Olave’s School (5-2) and Leicester Grammar School (3-0) ensured the Prep topped their pool.
The team continued their run of form with a 4-0 triumph against Bedford Girls’ School in the quarter-finals and a 3-1 success over Spratton Hall in the semi-finals.
Despite losing in the final, the Prep team qualified for the nationals, which take place in Basildon on Friday, by finishing runners-up in the tournament.
Meanwhile, the U11 boys’ hockey team will be heading to Tonbridge for their national finals on 21 March after prevailing in a nail-biting penalty shootout.
They had qualified for the knockout stages of the regional qualifiers at Bishop’s Stortford with victories against St John’s School, Framlingham School and Hall Grove and a hard-fought draw with Norwich School.
Following a defeat, the Prep had to win their next two matches to take the fifth and final qualification place. The team beat Taverham Hall to set up another meeting with Norwich in the decider.
The teams were still drawn after extra time and a golden goal period, meaning the game went to penalty dribbles. Even the shootout went to sudden death, but goalkeeper Paddy Gourd made a crucial save and Ethan Smythe kept his cool to net the winning goal to send the Prep through to the national finals for the third year in a row.