U13 Netball IAPS squad:
Venetia (captain), Sophia, Tabitha, Emily, Emma, Molly, Holly, Lottie, Emilia and Kitty
Heading back down the M40 the following day with all the U13 IAPS squad looking very smart in their netball dresses, we arrived at High Wycombe in plenty of time to warm up and prepare for the matches ahead. A lucky 5 pence coin was found and to Venetia’s (captain) amazement she won the ‘toss’ enabling her to choose ‘first centre pass’ for all their matches.
The girls started working exceptionally well with accurate passing and shooting. The first couple of matches proved to be close, 5-4 and 6-5 with Beachborough winning. The next couple of matches were won more easily with scores of 7-5 and 9-2. Venetia controlled the game, Lottie hardly missed a shot and Tabby leapt all over the court showing her ability to use her height and reach so effectively. Kitty and Emilia’s centre court play put the opposition in a spin with their amazing dodging and decision-making. At lunchtime the girls looked to be unstoppable, but unfortunately the IAPS tournament was about to get tough. We were now up against three very strong teams who all subsequently went through to the regional play-offs. Holly and Emily played brilliantly defending the ball in the shooting circle, but unfortunately the height and precision of the shooters was just too good for us this time.The last match the girls played with their heads up and it proved that they are an outstanding netball team this year.
Overall, we won 5 matches and lost 3, just missing out on qualifying for the finals.
The squad all played to the highest standard of netball that we have seen at Beachborough and we would like to thank Molly, Sophia and Emma who were also fantastic team players by playing when necessary due to injury and supporting their team throughout the day. Venetia and Lottie were chosen as ‘players’ of the tournament by coaches and team mates.
It was great to have the support of many parents and Miss Scott who umpired for Beachborough.
Report by Sally Gross and Sarah Rodas