U14 ISA Netball National Championships
The U14 netball squad achieved an impressive fourth place at the ISA National Championships, after narrowly losing 8-10 to Princethorpe in the third and fourth place playoff.
The squad had a strong start to the day with two convincing wins against Tettenhall (15-1) and King Alfred (11-2). The third game was against Alderley Edge, who eventually went on to achieve second place overall. This proved to be a very challenging game, however Claires Court worked tirelessly and held their own, displaying excellent netball skills. Unfortunately, the girls lost 13-1 but the score did not reflect the team’s performance as they were not by any means out of their depth.
The team went on to win their next two group games against The Greg (14-4) and St Michael’s School (10-6). The game then went to extra time which meant the game continued until a team led by a two goal difference. It was an extremely tense two minutes, but the girls did the School proud executing set plays brilliantly under pressure. The team won 9-7 progressing to the semi-finals.
In the semifinals, Claires Court came up against the eventual winners, The Grange, at half time Claires Court were trailing behind (1-4), however a tactical decision from the coach brought on the court taller players. All players demonstrated true grit and determination, winning the second half 4-3. Unfortunately, it was not enough to secure a place in the final, as The Grange won 7-5.
It was then a long wait until the playoff for third and fourth place, the girls did well to refocus and find extra energy for the last and final match. The game went to extra time and Claires Court were unable to secure a goal losing 8-10 to Princethorpe.
Mrs Lara Bennett, PE Teacher said;
“The players held their heads extremely high and showed fantastic sportsmanship in defeat. The girls should be very proud of their excellent performance. They were the true ambassadors for Claires Court showing the School’s key values of respect, responsibility, loyalty and integrity. Congratulations to all the players for a fantastic day.”