On Saturday 27 January we travelled to Farnborough for the Regional Schools Netball Tournament. Both the St Helen’s U16 and U19 teams were crowned County Champions and therefore qualified for the next round to represent Oxfordshire. It was a wet and windy day which are not ideal netball conditions. The U16s had a tough first match against Wycombe High where they narrowly lost, a great result against a team that then went on to qualify for Nationals.
The team then went on to draw against Hurst and then beat The Grange, King Edwards and The Marist. Unfortunately as the team lost and drew a match they came third in their section and so therefore narrowly missed out going through to the semi-finals. It was encouraging that both schools that went on to the national finals were in our group section. There were excellent performances from all the girls but there were standout performances from Juliet and Poppy, Y11, who were tenacious in defence.
The U19s had a tough morning and the standard of the competition was a huge step up from the county round. The morning started with a loss against Wycombe Abbey, a frustrating loss but nerves were definitely evident in this match. The team then went on to lose against Hurst and Wellington, we therefore went into lunch with three losses. The weather was extremely miserable at this point but the team cannot be faulted on their positivity and effort, they were determined to play well.
They relaxed into the afternoon with wins against Ousedale and Ryde School. The final match of the day was against Peter Symonds, a netball academy full of girls on scholarships. The team played extremely well against tough opposition despite the final result. Well done to all of the girls, Ellen, Y12, was awarded player of the tournament, she was extremely consistent in her performance and played very well throughout the day. Liv, Y13, should also be commended for working hard and leading the team.
Congratulations to both teams for qualifying for this stage of the competition, it puts St Helen and St Katharine on the map and they should be proud of reaching this stage, competition is very tough.