Our netball teams have competed in many excellent matches this term

This term has seen the girls compete in many excellent netball matches. We have had 5 senior teams and 8 junior teams representing the school. The players have worked very hard in training sessions and have played the games in a very competitive, spirited way. It is clear to see that we have great depth across our junior and senior sides with our players often being far superior in skill levels compared to their opposition which is a real credit to the players. This is evident with our 15B and C teams and 14B and C teams all having unbeaten seasons.

We have also had many players this term that stepped on the court in January having never played netball and they have showed incredible improvement throughout the term. Across the teams we have scored 2062 goals excluding tournaments and in many of the matches have had to play players out of position to manage the scoreline. When in this position, many of the opposition coaches have complimented the sporting way our players have approached the game.

We have competed in the INSC competition at U15 level and in the Brentwood tournament in both U15 and U19 age groups. This tournament is a brilliant opportunity to play teams that we don’t come across in our fixture schedule. We had the opportunity to face schools such as Brentwood, King’s Canterbury, Chigwell, Kimbolton and Felsted.

The second part of the term brought lots a great results, with block fixtures against Norwich High School in both juniors and seniors. To finish the term we fielded 11 teams against RHS. The 1st team proved a tough encounter against a strong RHS 1st team but our girls still put out lots of great passages of play. RHS just pulled away in the last couple of minutes taking the win. A special mention to our 2nd team who finished in style with a huge 40-14 win, they have had a brilliant term. We finished with 9 out of 11 wins against RHS.

Finally, we completed the term with house netball. The games were played in fantastic spirit in both A and B competitions. It really showed how much depth the school has as the B team competition was also to a very good standard of play. For the first time we introduced Arkell House to the competition, their housemistress looked extremely proud of them.

There have been many great moments throughout the term. One stand out block fixture against Ipswich School saw us take 9 out of 10 wins. Mr Higgs was delighted to have his third unbeaten season and finally a complete performance by the 1st team to take a stunning victory against a strong Norwich School team.

A special mention to Sophia and Harriet who have done a fantastic job as captain and vice-captain of the 1st team this term. They have been great role models for all the players in the club.

A huge thank you to all the players and coaches for the enthusiasm and knowledge you have brought to Gresham’s netball this year.