The U12A netball team travelled to Northgate to play in a tournament against four other schools last Thursday afternoon, and despite the freezing cold weather spirits were high!
Their first match was against Orminston where Woodbridge took the match with 15-0. The next game against the B team from St Jo’s was also won, 12-0 and then the team faced Copleston. The temperature was starting to drop rapidly by now, so the team’s hands were getting colder and stiffer, and so it was inevitable that the team started making a few mistakes. Copleston went ahead and scored the first goal, but we soon regained our team structure, and the goals were converted; we were lucky to come away with another win 8-1.
With one match off, the team were sure to keep warm ahead of facing Northgate in the final game for that day. Keen to make it four out of four wins, the girls knew they had to continue playing how they had been, and making sure they stayed warm so that the ball wasn’t dropped. Straight off the first whistle the team played really well, coming away with a 10-0 win, meaning Woodbridge won the tournament overall, which was simply amazing!
45 goals scored in four, ten minute games is just phenomenal, showing how consistent the shooting was. With just one goal conceded in the entire tournament clearly demonstrates how strong the U12As are as defenders – a superb effort by all the girls, huge well done to everyone who took part; a particularly proud achievement given how very cold it was!
The team now looks forward to a second round tournament, playing against different teams (including the top two teams from the other two tournaments) on Tuesday 11 January 2022.
Another cold winter’s night saw the U12B team’s tournament being played, hosted by Farlingaye but luckily it was indoors at home in the Dome.
Going into the tournament the team knew the competition was going to be tougher than the last friendly match played against Farlingaye, but they were absolutely up for it!
In the first match the team were losing 3-0 at half time, but in the second half the girls stepped it up a gear and prevented Farlingaye from scoring, managing to score one goal themselves resulting in a 3-1 defeat unfortunately.
St Alban’s was next, another tough game with very tall players, but the team managed a 1-1 draw. Unlucky in the second half not to score two more goals like the opposition, the game finished 3-2 to them.
It was during the team’s next match against Claydon that they really found their shooting power! Sitting rather nicely at 7-1 by half time, the goals just kept coming, with an amazing final score of 13-1 to Woodbridge – what a win!
That solid win spurred the team on and into their next match against East Bergholt, and again the shooting was on form, alongside the defending. Coming away with yet another win, 7-3, the final results were in. East Bergholt came 1st, Farlingaye 2nd and Woodbridge got 3rd place – what a superb effort, the girls demonstrated the depth of the School’s Year 7 netball and the team are excited for the season to begin in January.
The team now have second round tournaments to play against the 3rd and 4th placed schools in the other two tournaments, which take place on Wednesday 12 January 2020. These tournaments are friendlies, and from them the U13 leagues are set for next September 2022.