Year 9s were undefeated all tournament, winning five and drawing one, which put them second in the group on goal difference. They played incredible netball to smash through their semi final against a team who just finished behind them in the league and book their well earnt spot in the final. The girls committed 100% against last years winners, and were a credit to the school, giving 100% throughout but just ended up the wrong side of the 10-9 scoreline. It was a hot contest, which displayed a wonderful standard of netball and saw the audience captivated as a neutral or feeling sick if not.
Equally agonising and going down to the wire, our Year 10s played amongst some year 11s to qualify for a spot in the semi final against a side who had won the group stage. The team performed out of their skin to take their opponents, The Royal Wolverhampton School, to extra time and into golden goal, which after several minutes unfortunately saw the Newman side beaten. The girls finished the tournament a very well deserved 3rd place and actually ran the overall winners to a tighter game than the final itself, so should be incredibly proud of their achievements.
Away from the courts the girls enjoyed a bit of quad biking, rocking climbing, abseiling and a go on a giant swing; and turned what was a pretty wet and miserable weekend into a fun filled, action packed experience. The sportsmanship, integrity and maturity of the teams on and off the court was a wonderful reflection on our schools values and played an immense part in the excellence of their achievements both individually and as a team.
It is with great thanks to Mrs. Harris for all her hard work and organisation which allowed for both teams to have such a wonderful experience and Miss Caherty and Miss Sykes for spending the weekend surrounded by relentless teenage energy! The weekend has left the students and staff wanting to go back next year, to complete the unfinished business on the courts and give another opportunity for more of our students to flourish.
The trip allowed us as staff to see all of our students giving their best, to be their best;
we could not have asked for anything more.