15 primary schools took part in the CSSP High 5 ‘A team’ Netball Championships on Tuesday, held at Netherhall School. At stake was the title of CSSP Champions 2016 and a chance to qualify for the county finals, where the top four schools on the night would go forward to represent the CSSP and take on the best school teams from across Cambridgeshire.
The determination from each individual was inspiring to all members taking part. The amount of teamwork and effort has shown how young people can aspire to be great and tackle any challenges given. The support was magnificent towards the players because of their tactics, advice and cheering on. In addition, the enthusiasm increased throughout the afternoon! There were some high quality shots and passes, from people at such a young age. All players were involved showed great sportsmanship, one pupil described the tournament as “exciting, nerve-wracking and thrilling!”, another pupil stated “I think the netball was fun and had great leaders and teachers”.
The schools were split into 3 pools, with each team playing all of their rivals within that group to determine whether they qualified for the semi final matches. The top team from each pool and the highest runner up went through. In the early stages of the competition you could already tell St.Alban’s were doing a fantastic job, winning their first three matches convincingly. With William Westley, St.Matthew’s and Queen Edith coming up close winning their opening matches.
Group B had a tough final round to see who went to the finals, with both teams winning their three matches before ending with William Westley coming out on top, beating Queen Edith 4-3. The three teams going through were St Alban’s, St.Matthew’s and William Westley, with the highest runner up being Sancton Wood, to get to the final.
Sancton wood scored an amazing golden goal against William Westley, putting them against St Alban’s in the final. With St Matthew’s and William Westley fighting for third. Overall there was a excellent quality of play and great sportsmanship. St Alban’s won, coming first and Sancton Wood following in second. William Westley coming in third and St Matthew’s coming fourth. Every team that has competed has made an amazing contribution to the competition, and have all played amazingly well.
Thank you also to the Netherhall leaders who ran the competition and to Sammy Herring Yr8 who wrote the competition report.