On Saturday 25th March, our U11 team travelled to Oundle School in Peterborough for the final Netball event of the year, the ISA National Tournament. We left school at 7a,m (ON A SATURDAY!!!) to make the 2 hour journey. The school was amazing and we were all in awe of the facilities.
The tournament was tough with the best ISA school netball teams from all over the country competing.
The scores in the heats were as follows: (West Lodge score first)
Grantham Prep: 12-5
Falkner House: 3-7
Hale Prep: 7-4
Despite winning 4 out of our 5 matches, we were placed 3rd in our group and so were put into the 'Plate Tournament' but with a bye to the semi finals. Unfortunately, our GS and GK sustained ankle injuries in the final match and so would be unable to play the remainder of the tournament,
In the semi finals, we faced Littlegarth again. With our 2 substitute players, playing the best they've ever played, this match was extremely exciting and went to extra time with one team needing to score 2 clear goals to win. Our GA stepped up and scored 2 goals in quick succession!
We were then due to meet Lingfield in the Plate Final. After the last time these two teams met, we knew this would be a tough game and that their coach knew our strengths and would have coached her team accordingly. However, despite great play by Lingfield, West Lodge won 8-7!!!
The girls were absolutely exhausted but delighted with their result. What a way to end their Primary School Netball careers!
I hope that all girls continue to play at their new schools and they continue to improve and enjoy the sport.