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FINALISTS IN NATIONAL SCHOOL NETBALL

On Sunday 25th January the U14 and U16 teams from Tonbridge Grammar School competed at the Schools' London and South East Regional Netball Finals. It was the first time in the School’s history that two age groups have qualified for the Regional Finals in the same year!

Both teams played against the top 8 teams in their age group from London and the South East, who had qualified from the four regional county tournaments.

The standard of netball was extremely high throughout the day, and in very cold conditions both teams where challenged to compete at a very high level of netball.

The U14 team – Holly Price, Chantelle Gunter, Ellie Ramsey, Frankie Hay, Holly Hayward, Abby Ward, Annabelle Knight, Jasmine Poole, Jade Barter and Monique Gunter.

The U14 team – Holly Price, Chantelle Gunter, Ellie Ramsey, Frankie Hay, Holly Hayward, Abby Ward, Annabelle Knight, Jasmine Poole, Jade Barter and Monique Gunter.

The Under 14 netball team came into the London and South East Regional Championships with no preconceived ideas of how they would fare. They started the first game slowly, and edged a 10-8 win over Lady Eleanor Holles School. It was clear to see the team’s confidence grow after the first game, and the girls won each of their next four games convincingly.

TGS now found themselves in top spot, and the pressure of realising it was possible to qualify for the nationals did show in the last two games of the tournament. In the sixth game, the girls played a really tight game against a very determined and physical St Pauls Girls’ School team. They had their chance to go ahead when the score was at 6-6 but were unable to convert their chances, and lost 6-10.

This meant that the team went into the last game knowing that only a win would definitely secure a place at the Nationals. After a nervous start, the girls sailed away with the game and won 11-5. The results also meant that they beat Sevenoaks School to first place in the competition on goal difference.

The team worked incredibly hard and were all extremely supportive of each other. They achieved some excellent results because of good movement and timing down the court. They also demonstrated some excellent circle defence, accurate feeding into the shooting circle and clinical shooting.

The U16 team – Georgia Jefferies, Daniella Vincenzini, Louise Fletcher, Maisie Douch, Elisha Goldring, Tabitha Reed, Jodie Hummersone, Hannah Alderman, Georgia Grayland, Carla Hill

The U16 team – Georgia Jefferies, Daniella Vincenzini, Louise Fletcher, Maisie Douch, Elisha Goldring, Tabitha Reed, Jodie Hummersone, Hannah Alderman, Georgia Grayland, Carla Hill

The U16 team started the day well with two massive wins under their belt (15-6 and 19-6). They were then unfortunately beaten by Guildford High School by 3, although did secure, what was to be a crucial one point from the result.

Next, Wanstead High School proved to be a very physical and aggressive game, which was goal for goal until a short spell in the middle which resulted in a four goal deficit for TGS and another loss.

It would have been easy for the team to lose focus after two defeats however the strength and determination from every player shone through to ensure the next two matches were won by the TGS team!

The result of the U16 regional tournament came down to the last game. Guildford had won all of their games and were definitely through but there was still the runner-up qualifying position within our reach! Wanstead were one point behind us going in to the last game – the TGS team knew they needed to win…and they did! Which meant they qualify for National Finals!

It was fantastic to have the support from so many parents on the day, and a special thanks must go to Mrs Julie Cross who volunteers her time to coach netball at TGS. When asked about the squad’s success Julie said, "I would like to congratulate all the girls on giving 100% when asked and for their commitment to training in the run up to the tournament. I believe they achieved success because they worked together as a team and not as individuals having excellent team spirit between those on and off court."

For the first time in the School’s history two teams from Tonbridge Grammar School will now compete in the Netball National Finals which will be held on Saturday 14th March in Liverpool.

GOOD LUCK TGS!

FINALISTS IN NATIONAL SCHOOL GYMANSTICS

Tonbridge Grammar School competed at the South East Regional Milano Team Competition finals on Sunday 25th January at Tormead School in Guildford. Gymnasts from TGS won this competition at National Finals last year, therefore the pressure was on all gymnasts to perform at their very best in order to qualify again.

The competition consists of four gymnasts competing in individual floor and vault followed by a trio group routine. TGS entered three squads into the competition which allowed many of their elite gymnastics squad to be involved.

The level of competition was very high and the gymnasts from TGS overcame the pressure and performed exceptionally well.

National finalists – Emily Cynk, Isabelle Kerslake, Lola Eftekhari, Jasmine Wynter

National finalists – Emily Cynk, Isabelle Kerslake, Lola Eftekhari, Jasmine Wynter

The first TGS team finished as runners-up – meaning that they have qualified for National Finals again this year. The team will travel to Stoke on Friday 13th March to defend their title!

 

 

Highest scoring trio routine score – Eleanor Barrett, Georgia Menhinick, Leah McCarthy

Highest scoring trio routine score – Eleanor Barrett, Georgia Menhinick, Leah McCarthy

The second team entered by TGS were awarded the Regional Shield for performing the highest scoring trio routine of the day – which is the second consecutive year that TGS have achieved this outstanding accolade.

 

 

Elite gymnasts

Elite gymnasts

In addition to this Tonbridge’s third team won gold, in the recreational equivalent to this competition, which was a fantastic achievement considering they were the only state school competing in this section on the day.

 

A special thanks must go to Tania Cattoor who volunteers her time to coach the elite squad at TGS, and also her daughter Charlie Cattoor for her exceptional choreography which has led to the student’s success.

Tonbridge Grammar School will now represent the South East Regional at the Milano Team Gymnastics National Finals on Friday 13th March, which will be held in Stoke.

GOOD LUCK!!

CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS

Kelsi competed in the Kent Cross Country Championships in Hythe on Sunday 4th January and whilst braving the elements of wind, driving rain and thick mud which even broke an athletes ankle, she gained an individual 7th place in the U15 age group. She was the third girl to score so won a gold team medal making her club the 2015 Kent Champions.

This will hopefully now lead to her being once again selected as one of 8 athletes to run for the Kent Team at the UK Intercounties Cross Country held at Cofton Park in Birmingham on March 7th - Good luck Kelsi!

In addition to this Matilda Hall came 6th in the U13 age group and Ellen Pitcairn-Knowles came 11th in u20's - which is a fantastic achievement for both students from TGS!

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U14 & U16 Netball team's have qualified for the London and South East Regional Finals!

Regional finals will be held at Croydon High School on Sunday 25th January - Good luck girls!!!


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