On 11th March, our U11 team entered a tournament at the Copperbox Arena at the Olympic Park. 8 schools took part and there were 3 short matches in the heats. West Lodge faced Pembridge Hall School first and won 5-2. Next up were Clockhouse Primary and again, West Lodge played very well and won 9-0. Finally they played Atkins Primary and again, won 6-0.
The girls were very excited that they had played so well in such a prestigious venue and couldn't wait for the semi final against Velmead Juniors. They won this match 6-1 and excitement hit new levels as they realised they had qualified for the cup final which was to be played that evening at half time of the Surrey Storm v Hertfordshire Mavericks match.
When we returned to the arena in the evening, the crowds were gathering and the film crews were set up ready for the Superleague game (and the Cup Final) to be televised on Sky Sports. The girls got to be mascots for the two Superleague teams, walking out onto court with them before the match, then watched the game until half time.
In the final, West Lodge faced Bishopsgate Prep School and in the first half, were winning 3-1. However, in the second, Bishopsgate upped their game and tiredness kicked in for West Lodge and the final score was 6-4. The girls were devastated!
The team played so well throughout the day and coped well with such a long and exciting day and I am immensely proud of them. What an experience to have played Netball in an Olympic venue at the age of 11!