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Report written by 1st VII captain, Katie Littlewood (Lower Sixth, South):
St John’s played some outstanding netball at the National Schools Tournament on Sunday 13 November, competing in one of England’s strongest counties.
In the group matches, St John’s won every game, recording notable victories against Cranleigh, Reigate, Epsom, Caterham, Coloma and St Catherine’s. St John’s and Guildford High School both came top of their groups, both winning every game. However, in a final elimination match for qualification, St John’s would play the runners-up in Guildford’s group, Alleyn’s.
Unfortunately, in the team’s final group match, GD Grace Sullivan collided with the post and suffered a mild concussion so could not carry on and play in the final match. A re-jigged team fought extremely hard and managed to be 8-4 up at half time, but eventually lost 10-9 and couldn’t manage to keep up the lead.
Although losing the last match was extremely disappointing for the entire team, the squad played their hardest and produced some brilliant netball in every match they played. Ellie Grove and Grace Sullivan were unstoppable working together in the defensive circle. Pippa Hansford, Ruby Breakspear and Tash Davison combined superbly to bring the ball up and down the court. Jasmin Cornish, despite having the flu, shot fantastically and worked with Katie Littlewood to work the ball into the D and make the shots. Mel Hyde, Kirstin Hume and Hannah Potter played brilliantly in the first couple matches of the group stages and helped motivate the team throughout the day.
On behalf of the team, I would like to say a huge thank you to Miss Walsh who helped us in the weeks leading up to the tournament to get us prepared, to guide us and to encourage us throughout the day. We are thoroughly looking forward to the netball season and to the Surrey County Finals.
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