CUP SUCCESSES A FEATURE OF STRONG SEASONS FOR NETBALL GIRLS
Following on from the success of last year, netball has continued to grow in both popularity and quality. This season has seen 19 teams, ranging from our 1stVII to the U14Es, compete in 132 fixtures. Seeing so many girls taking part in the sport has been particularly pleasing and demand for the sport from our senior pupils wanting to participate week in, week out in the programme has seen the creation of a senior social netball club.
The Lent season started with a trip to Rugby School for a preseason tournament involving the 1stVII, 2ndVII (including the U16s), U15A and U14A teams. The senior squads enjoyed successful runs which led to them meeting each other at the quarter final stage. The 1stVII went on to earn a well-deserved silver medal at the end of the tournament.
That early experience set the tone for Cup and National competition successes throughout the season for our junior and senior netballers.
The U16 and U14 teams took part in the County Tournament, ending up in sixth and fourth respectively while the U15s fought hard in the Plate Competition after being knocked out of the National Cup, enjoying a run to the last eight. A special mention must be made of the five Faulkner’s pupils who made the step up to play for the U15s squad a year young.
The 1stVII qualified for South Regional Netball Finals for the first time in seven years, beating Wellington, St Mary’s Ascot, Reading Blue Coat and Queen Anne’s in the County round. The girls came agonisingly close to reaching the semi-finals in the Regional round but were kept out of second spot by just a single goal loss. The 1stVII also made it through to the fourth round of the National Cup where they were beaten by eventual semi-finalists King’s Worcester.
The development of the girls really shone in the block fixtures this season with multiple teams going through unbeaten and building on the foundations laid last year.
The 1stVII took 11 wins from their 14 games with the three losses being within two goals. This squad also took silver medals from the Bradfield Senior Tournament, losing by two to Canford in the final.
Blocks against Daunstey’s, St John’s, St Edward’s and Cranleigh turned over more wins than previous years showcasing the development of the girls. This was evident in the senior teams who all enjoyed wins over Wellington having lost across the board in previous years.
Our U16As deserve a special mention for the advances they have made in their game over the last year with a particular highlight coming in the form of a victory over Cranleigh by four goals having lost by 22 goals the previous year.
The 2nds and 4ths finished the season unbeaten while the U14As lost just twice. A huge thank you to all staff and pupils for their hard work and commitment throughout the season.