Last Friday, St. John’s U15’s netball team certainly did the school proud, with their skilled performance in the annual North London Independent Schools Netball Tournament. The girls had won this the previous year and were keen to keep their title. Prior to this tournament, the girls had been gaining crucial experience by playing in numerous competitive fixtures in the Enfield Borough League. Moreover, as a result of the skilled playing and leadership of team captains Eva and Lilly, both girls were able to assist in some of the senior team’s fixtures, which ensured a high level of performance throughout the tournament.
St. John’s senior girls played five matches on the day: winning four and drawing one, resulting in them being overall champions of the tournament. The girls started their first game against Kings slightly erratically, which resulted in drawing a game they should have won. After a motivational team talk and tips from Miss Wiseman, the girls went on to improve over the next four games. The toughest match was the last one of the day against North Bridge House, by which time, the girls had won all of their games in the tournament so far. We knew we simply had to beat them, to be able to win the tournament. The girls worked hard to pull back from being behind at half time and ended up winning, 6-4. The key was taking advantage of the defence errors from North Bridge House; the shooters used this to their benefit during the penalty shots, thus enabling us to take the lead.
The best performance of the day was in the match against Sherrardswood. The girls played with great skill; the passes and play down the court were smooth and successful. Well done to all the girls who took part, a tough tournament and a well deserved win. Victory to St. John's!
St. John's Vs Kings D 3-3
St. John's Vs North Bridge W 6-4
St. John's Vs Sherrardswood W 14-3
St. John's Vs Dwight W 5-2
St. John's Vs King Alfred W 7-5
1st St. John's
2nd King Alfred
3rd North Bridge House
We look forward to our third and final tournament on Friday 24th March where we have two teams entered, which includes some of our F2 and F3 girls competing in the U11 tournament.