It has been a fantastic half term for Netball. The weather did disrupt our training programme and fixtures for a long week but the effort and determination from our girls before, during and since the bad weather has been outstanding. Starting the term with the annual pre-season Netball training day set the bar very high and my expectations were great for the 1st VII Squad. They have certainly not disappointed, winning all their matches so far. Greshams were particularly strong and after being behind the entire game they closed the gap in the third quarter and then Framlingham even went one goal down at the start of the fourth but rising to the amounting pressure on their shoulders, the shots remained consistent and defence tight and the winning result of 35-30 was well deserved and all the girls looked visibly relieved and delighted! The other Senior teams have had strong performances across the board with the U16s notably winning against Norwich after a hold up due to a nasty injury for the opposition. The girls still played on with only one goal separating both teams but Framlingham cemented their win in the final eight minutes with a 26-20 victory. The 2nd and 3rd VII have had competitive matches and a very pleasing set of results. Each team having enjoyed success during this half term.
The Junior Netball section is moving from strength to strength with the U14A side showing utter dominance since their shaky 12-12 draw against Culford in their first match. Their most recent results in the triangular fixture against RHS and Woodbridge highlights how much the team has improved with Donna Sullivan’s weekly training, beating both sides comfortably and accumulating a massive 83 successful shots in their two 30 minute games and only allowing 14 goals to go against them. The U15A’s have had a testing start to their Netball term but have shone in their two latest matches with improving performances and victories as a reward for their hard work. The B teams in both age groups have been fulfilling their potential on court and are now really finding their stride. They continue to impress during training and each week are exciting to watch in their fixtures. We are fortunate enough to have a good number of girls to play C team fixtures in the U14 and U15 age group and the depth of players we have in these teams are outstanding. The two C teams are a pleasure to watch as their rate of improvement has been steep since the start of term and they have become well-rounded teams in their own right. They are definite ones to watch in the future and I look forward to watching their progress after half term.
I am very pleased with all the efforts of our Netball girls this half term. They have played through snow, wind and rain yet still played to the best of their ability and produced many superb performances of which they can all be proud. They can all look forward to a well-deserved half term break and I am most looking forward to watching how the second half of the Netball season progresses.
Many thanks to all the parents and supporters for your continued presence at all our fixtures. It really is much appreciated!
Leah Webster, Head of Netball