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A Busy Start to the Netball Season for Woodbridge School – January 2024

26 Jan 24

The start of the netball season has been a busy one already, with 18 matches played, along with one tournament.

The Junior teams travelled to Finborough last week to play a triangular with Orwell Park. The U13A, B and C teams all came away successful and secured brilliant wins, with the U13Cs scoring 24 goals in 24 minutes, amazing!

The same teams travelled to Fram Prep on Wednesday, and we had a repeat performance with three out of three wins secured with over 60 goals scored between the three teams, which demonstrates our strength in shooting and depth in teams.

The large U12A squad enjoyed their first match against Finborough, where they could put into action the skills and tactics, they had learned so far. The team played their little hearts out and were victorious.

The team also travelled to Fram Prep on Wednesday and played their Junior 3rd team. Another good performance with centre passes and backlines being practiced which have been our main focus over the past week, along with our shooting. Again, the team tasted success and scored 23 goals! Well done!

The U13B travelled to Ormiston Endeavour for their league tournament last week, playing five matches and winning them all – a great achievement, well done!

Finborough were our opponents again last week, but this time with the U14A, B and C, as well as the U15A, B and C teams. On a bitterly cold afternoon, the B and C teams fought hard in the cold conditions and the U14s came away with two wins, but unfortunately, the U15s could not follow suit and lost narrowly.

Inside in the warm, the U14A and U15A teams both played. The U15s were first up, all pumped and ready for the match after warming up to the opposition’s music. The first three quarters saw the girls play with superb determination and defended brilliantly all the way down the court. Unfortunately, in the last quarter, our opposition got the better of us and dominated the play and went ahead.

The U14A team’s game was a slightly different story with us dominating from the starting whistle and leading by 11 goals in the first quarter. Preparation for the Regionals was on the agenda, putting into action all the tactics which have been recapped, learned, and practiced over the past few weeks.

The U19 and U16A teams faced a combined St Jo’s team on Tuesday, at home. Playing half a match each against the same team, enabled us to use our fresh legs on the court and brush off all the cobwebs as mock exams had prevented several of the girls from playing netball since before Christmas. The U19s were up first and from intercepting the first centre, they were on a roll. Brilliant defence, excellent centre court play, and superb shooting enabled us to have a seven-goal lead in the first 10 minutes. The girls managed to keep this up and played with great determination and tenacity, securing a well-deserved win.

The U16A team took to the court to face the same team, and with our first centre pass, we managed to convert and go ahead straight away. The girls fought tirelessly, making some excellent interceptions which we converted into goals and our shooting was consistent. St Jos started to catch up in the second quarter, but we managed to keep our cool and our heads up, coming away with the win, which was deserved.

Well done to every team so far, a great set of results!

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