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Girls are Runners-up at GSA Netball Tournament

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Year 9 netball team almost went all the way this year at the national GSA's Netball Tournament, just losing out in the final to Godolphin and Latymer School from London.

Ten Year 9 girls travelled to Condover Hall in Shrewsbury for the annual GSA Netball Tournament. The weekend began with the team building activity of tunnelling and in the evening there was a question and answer sessions with Pamela Cookey, an England netballer. The tournament started on Saturday 24 September and the girls were faced with a tough day of netball. They played in 9 matches and did amazingly well to win 7 out of the 9 games. This allowed them to qualify for the top competition on the Sunday, in which they would be playing for the trophy.

On the Sunday the team won all 3 of their pool games, finishing top of their section. This saw them progress through to the Semi-Final, where they faced St Catherine’s Bramley. After a tense start the team managed to capitalise on a few turnovers and seal the victory 11-8. In the final they came up against Godolphin and Latymer, against whom they had lost on the first day. Despite a fantastic effort and commendable team work, the opposition proved too strong, resulting in an 8-13 defeat. Overall, however, the girls finished 2nd out of 19 other GSA schools, which is a fantastic achievement. A further mention should also go to Lizzy Lees, who was awarded as one of two ‘players of the tournament’, as nominated by England netballer Sara Bayman. Well done to all the girls! ​

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The Year 9 Netball team with England star Pamela Cookey

The Year 9 Netball team with England star Pamela Cookey