Friday 13th May saw us depart for our annual visit to Condover Hall with our netball teams; yes, the fact it was Friday 13th made us a little wary but, fortunately, the games didn’t start until Saturday morning – 8:45 this year, much to the delight of Year 7 and 8 teams. So an early night it was for us all on Friday ready for the competition to start.

By the end of Saturday morning, both Year 7 teams had played half of their games, with 7a managing to win all of their games and both Year 8 teams had completed their first round of fixtures and were awaiting the end of day results, ready to face the next round on Sunday.  Saturday afternoon saw the Year 9 team finally get to play, after a long time waiting; they really managed to impress, another team going into the second day unbeaten. Not wanting to let the girls down, the staff did our bit by winning the staff quiz on Saturday evening. As a school, we were leaving a real force to be reckoned with!

Sunday brought another early start and the final round of games. Year 7a team finished their league as winners, managing to go the whole weekend without dropping a point! A fantastic feat! We also saw the Year 8a team bring us a trophy home, winning the Year 8 plate competition. Year 9 faced a real tough challenge to the end being neck and neck on points with the closest team; drawing when we faced them in the final game, it came down to goal difference with our girls losing out by just 3 goals – considering they were the only school team entered in their age group, this was a fantastic achievement.

All girls and all teams performed really well across the whole weekend, making significant improvement in their netball skills and knowledge. With Year 7 and 8b teams really showing excellent team spirit and proving that taking part and developing your skills and giving the best you can are just as important as winning.

Once again, I returned a very proud teacher and netball coach and cannot wait to take the girls back next year and see how much more they can improve. Training starts again in September to get ourselves prepared!