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The St John’s U15 netball team put on a fantastic display at the County Netball Finals on Sunday 8 March, emerging from the tournament victorious as Surrey U15 county champions.
The girls played first against Alleyn’s School in the group stage of the competition, a side that inflicted a very heavy defeat against St John’s last year. There was a bit of trepidation as the girls went on court and, with the team not renowned for good starts, the first quarter was a nervous encounter. The second half, however, leant itself to some of the best netball the team has played so far this season and, at the final whistle St John’s had registered an 11-3 win. A match against Gordon’s School followed and, although the performance was not as slick, the girls came away with a 10-3 win.
St Catherine’s was to be the first of the ranked teams that St John’s would have to play against. For the most part the match went goal for goal, but at the death both had the opportunity to score for a win - so a draw was a fair result. Wimbledon High was to be a crucial game – again goal for goal, with a loss inflicted at the last whistle. The only way that St John’s could proceed was with a win against Caterham School – and what a win it was! Interceptions at the defensive end, fluidity in the centre court and outstanding shooting resulted in a 9-4 win and a semi-final place secured against Guildford High.
Captain Katie Littlewood (Lower Fifth, South House) was left to give the team talk when, at half time, St John’s trailed 6-4. The girls dug deep, however, and the defence did not give an inch, pushing the game into overtime at 9-9. On the final hooter St John’s had won 14-13 and would play St Catherine’s again in the final match that day. While the game was tight, St John’s always looked in control and a well-deserved 8-6 win afforded them the title of U15 County Champions.
Team coach and Housemistress of Gloucester House Lise Parker said, “It was a fantastic day of netball for the U15 girls – what a victory! They all were a credit to themselves and St John’s.”
GK Ruby Breakspear (Lower Fifth, South House)
GD Ellie Grove (Lower Fifth, Gloucester House)
WD Anna Whitworth (Lower Fifth, South House)
C Jess Laslett (Lower Fifth, Gloucester House)
WA Kirsten Hume (Lower Fifth, South House)
GA Esme Cosham (Lower Fifth, Gloucester House)
GS (Capt) Katie Littlewood (Lower Fifth, South House)
Res/WA Macy McCutcheon (Lower Fifth, South House)
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