On a bright but chilly morning, last Saturday 26th November, 32 netballers, across 3 squads, from Tonbridge Grammar School descended upon Rainham School for Girls to compete in the Kent Schools’ County Netball Finals.
The day started well for all 3 teams, who put a win on the board. However, the three teams had mixed fortunes from there on.
The U14 team showed that they have the ability to play some quality netball using every member of the squad. Unfortunately, a few missed opportunities on goal and passes down court meant a couple of results, in the middle of the day, didn't go our way after a good start. However, the team refocused and won their last 2 games easily. Well done for winning a bronze medal by finishing in 3rd place girls. Of particular note were performances by Alice and Katy who made many key interceptions and Sophia who drove onto the ball in attack with great timing.
The U19 team started the day with a good win and finished the day with a strong win but struggled to find consistent form throughout the rest of the day, losing their captain to injury. They showed their flexibility with most players playing out of position at some point during the day and I would like to congratulate them on the determination to refocus after a few disappointing results. Particular mention must be made in respect of Georgia who captained the team with enthusiasm, Hannah for fantastic shooting and passes into the circle and Franki, Naomi and Jodie for strongly supporting the team.
The U16 team had a fantastic tournament with every player contributing to a successful day's play, by winning every match. They not only finished the day unbeaten but also ended the tournament with the highest goal average of any team across all 3 age categories. Many congratulations to the students.
It would be unfair to single out any individual as the whole team were on top form.
The squad finished the tournament as Kent Champions and now goes on to represent Kent in the Regional Finals to be played at the end of January 2017.
Julia Duncan, Head of PE, said: “The girls are delighted and looking forward to the regionals in January at Redbridge in Essex. Thanks to Mrs Cross and parent helpers.”
Jasmine, Year 10 said: “We all had a fantastic day of Netball. We particularly liked the supportive nature of the sports community involved in the competition.”