A Tense But Successful Netball Tournament
Back in December the U13 Netball team came 3rd in the London West Regional round which gave them qualification into the National finals.
The girls knew that the competition would be tough and a huge challenge faced them. New to her role of captain, Izzie and the squad exceeded all expectations.
Claires Court. Vs Alderley Edge
CC won 5-3 and ‘Player of the Match’ was given to Kate Webster who was excellent in defence.
Claires Court Vs St James
Emily Tapner-Evans was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for staying strong against her player. However the girls eventually lost 8-4.
Claires Court Vs Our Lady of Sion
Claires Court lost 6-3. Izzie Shirley however started to take control in the shooting circle and was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.
Claires Court Vs Stafford
This was the girls best game so far winning 6-3 and ‘Player of the Match’ was awarded to Ariel Specktor and Izzie Shirley.
Claires Court Vs St Joseph's
Continuing their winning streak with a score of 7-3. ‘Player of the Match’ was awarded to Lana Wallis.
The girls 2nd place in the group and qualified for the Cup Competition (top 10 schools). The next stage of the tournament was a knock out phase, which meant they had to keep winning to stay in.
Claires Court Vs St Michaels (Quarter finals)
This match was full of drama. It was an extremely close game and a strong, physical battle, and unfortunately Harriet was removed from the court with an injury. Jessie Lindley (usually a GS), came on as GK in the second half to help. The girls managed to win the match 6-4 and Jessica Dixon was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.
The girls were delighted as they were now in the semi-finals of the Nationals.
Claires Court Vs Ibstock Place (Semi finals)
Ibstock Place were an outstanding team and fully deserved their win in this match. Despite Losing 10-5, the Claires Court girls battled hard and did themselves proud, finishing with a very respectable joint 3rd in National Finals.
Well done girls!
The photos are the team with England Netball Player Ama Agbeze.