A 10-player strong squad of year 7s gave up their Academy Day to represent Tonbridge Grammar School at the U12 County Netball Tournament on Thursday 22 March.
A slightly challenging start saw the Tonbridge girls narrowly defeat Sydenham High 4-3 but with a win under their belts, they went from strength to strength, beating Colfe’s 7-1, then Radnor House in a resounding 17-0 victory, as well as MGGS 10-0 and Hayes 8-2. The final match of the group stages proved trickier than anticipated but the girls were determined to finish the group unbeaten, so they worked hard to maintain their lead and hold on to a 5-3 victory over Kings School Rochester.
As unbeaten group winners, we were drawn against the 3rd place runners up across all groups for the quarter finals, which just so happened to be Sydenham High. Having beaten them in the first match of the day, but only just, it was important not to be complacent. With that in mind, we took to court and beat them fairly convincingly.
We next faced Bromley High in the Semi-Finals. The girls played some great netball to find themselves in the lead by 5-1 at half time. Bromley were determined to reverse their fortunes however and came back to 5-4 with a minute left on the clock. Some gritty determination saw us score another goal to win the match 6-4.
So, to the final. As is so often the case, we were playing Sevenoaks, our local ‘rivals’. A very scrappy first half saw only one goal scored, fortunately with TGS in the lead 1-0 at half time. Sevenoaks then scored 3 goals after the re-start to go 3-1 up. We scored the next goal to put the scores at 3-2 in Sevenoaks favour with about 2 minutes left on the clock. We then had a good chance to bring the scores level to 3-3 but a few silly unforced passing errors and lack of movement on court meant Sevenoaks intercepted at our attacking end and took the ball down court to another goal, resulting in a final score of 4-2.
It was obvious that the girls were slightly disappointed not to have come away with the trophy but they also realised that it was a fantastic achievement to win silver medals at this fiercely contested tournament.
Congratulations to all players involved. You should be very proud of the high standard of netball that you played today.
Mrs J Cross (Netball Coach)