On a pleasantly warm and sunny day, the U11A team set off for St Michael’s to play in their annual tournament.
There were 16 teams competing in two sections of eight to begin with. Our first match was against Hilden Oaks, and finished as a 3 – 3 draw. A few passing errors resulted in Hilden Oaks gaining possession from us. The next two matches were better, and resulted in a 7 – 1 win against Rose Hill, and a 5 – 0 win against the host school St Michael’s. Unfortunately, Granville lost the next two matches against Walthamstow Hall (1 – 6), and Sutton Valence (2 – 5). It became crucial therefore to win the next two games to be in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. A 5 – 1 win against Combe Bank was helpful, but a 2 – 7 loss in the final section match against Hazelwood meant that Granville missed out on going through.
Mrs Harman umpired the semi-final between Russell House and Hazelwood, and Russell House just won by 5 goals to 4. Caterham Prep beat Sutton Valence in the other semi. The final between Caterham Prep and Russell House was brilliant! At the end of full-time, it was a draw, so extra time was played where both schools scored another goal each. The match went to ‘Golden Goal’, where the first team to score would win the tournament. Russell House are to be congratulated on clinching victory in this nail-biting final.
The Granville team can play netball to a high standard, and compete well against most of the local schools, but are prone to rush their passes under pressure. They probably tried too hard when the scores were close, so a calm approach will be encouraged next Thursday when they compete against 68 other schools at Roedean in the IAPS regional tournament.