SMH Sport | Posted 08.05.2014

On the October 5th Stonyhurst’s netball U13s team competed in the HMC Tournament, held at Stonyhurst College, and it proved to be a fantastic day for the girls.

The tournament played host to some strong netball teams from other schools, and all of the girls acquitted themselves extremely well considering it was the first time the team had competed together.
The girls hit the ground running and kick-started the tournament with some brilliant results, battling to victory in the first three games. Their performances were a showcase of their natural ability, and were an insight into the talent that these girls have. They breezed past their first three opponents with ease, managing to win by over ten points in each game! The toughest test of the tournament presented itself to the girls in the fourth match, when we faced a solid Cheadle team.

Unfortunately, after a rocky first half, we couldn’t quite recover and succumbed to a difference of three goals. Nonetheless, the girls showed their resilience and overcame their disappointment by remaining unbeaten for the rest of the day and finishing second – an outstanding achievement for a newly formed team.
As the coach I would like to say how delighted I am with the attitude, determination and ability demonstrated by the girls during the tournament. For some, this was their first ever netball game, let alone first competitive tournament as a team! Tia Algar consistently excelled throughout the day with some outstanding performances and thoroughly deserves her recognition as Player of the tournament – congratulations Tia! The girls made sure that choosing a Player of the tournament was a very tough decision and all of them should be enormously proud of themselves.
The disappointment of finishing second means the girls now know what it takes to win, and I’m sure we can build on some of the tremendous play during the HMC Tournament. I am excited that the Stonyhurst U13s can have a bright and successful season and I look forward to watching their development as a team. Well done girls.

K. Whittaker