Although the girls’ games programme focuses on hockey and lacrosse in the Michaelmas Term, the Shropshire county netball tournaments also take place this term. It is therefore difficult to get any regular squad training sessions in before the tournament date, but the Shrewsbury School netball staff and U16 players managed to find a few hours in the last couple of weeks to work on some drills and game play in order to be as prepared as possible.
The tournament consisted of a round robin, with six teams competing. Our first game was against Wrekin College. Shrewsbury dominated from the start, with clinical passing and excellent shooting to come out 14-3 winners.
Our next game was against a strong William Brookes team; Shrewsbury needed to perform at their best – which we did, winning 7-4.
Game 3 was against Shrewsbury High School, who were the favourites to win the whole competition. It was a scrappy game, with both teams aware of what was at stake, but in the end Shrewsbury edged to a 2-1 victory. A fantastic result.
From here we went on to beat Abraham Darby 9-2 and Thomas Telford 8-3.
Unbeaten going into our final game against Newport Girls’ High, we were confident but starting to tire. It wasn’t Shrewsbury’s best performance of the day, but the result went our way with a 5-4 victory to finish top of the table and County Champions.
This is only the second year we have been able to enter the U16 tournament, so to win was a phenomenal achievement. This result means we will represent Shropshire in the regional tournament in January.