The U11 Girls were very excited to have represented Gateway at the ISA National Netball Finals at Oundle School on Saturday. It was an amazing achievement for them to have qualified for the Tournament and our main aim was for them to enjoy the experience.
Gateway got off to a brilliant start despite an early injury from Stephanie winning their first match 3-2. Our next game was very physical with both teams showing a real passion. Unfortunately Abi got injured as both players went for the ball which resulted in her having to come off. Jemma then had to play out of position which affected our flow as a team. We lost the game 5-4. At this point the girls were feeling very low and deflated about the loss. The next couple of games were tough and we struggled to get back to playing our own game.
We qualified for the bowl competition and due to us narrowingly missing out on the plate competition we had a bye to the semi final.
After a good team talk with the girls their spirits were lifted and they went into the semi final feeling confident. They played their own game and the ball flowed down the court with lots of goals being scored. Next step the bowl final...
In the bowl final we played against a team we had already played in the group stages. It was the team that we lost 1 goal against and we were determined to win. The girls held their head and again played their own game. I saw some of the best Netball I had seen from them this year. We won the final 8-5. I was very proud of the girls and how far they had come throughout the season and in the tournament. Well done girls, what a fantastic end to the Netball season.