All schools entered were split into two pools. Royal High School was in a group of 10, 9 group matches in their pool followed by a placing match. A lot of netball and a long day. The girls handled themselves incredibly well. They worked hard, supported each other, rotated players within their squad and did it all with a smile and a song. Requests were taken!
After a restful stay at the hotel, the girls exploded on to the court with an excellent win against Portsmouth. We took that fight into a feisty match against Streatham and Clapham and secured an encouraging draw. We then faced two strong sides and sadly had to accept defeat against Bromley and Croydon. The girls then went on a run of victories against Blackheath, Northwood and a very shocked Newcastle, who were, at that moment second in the group. The remaining two group matches were unfortunately losses. The first against a very beatable Norwich and the second against a dominant Wimbledon. All of this hard work resulted in a very creditable mid-table finish. Their last game was for the Plate final. The girls put in a huge last effort and beat Northampton 9-3. Plate Winners!
Elly Boardman in as Centre and Jess Lewis, Goal Attack, were outstanding playing every minute of every game. Jess was ably supported by her shooters in Fran Sill and Sofia Skidmore. The defensive put on an impressive show with countless interceptions made by Lottie Silverton, Lily Bailey-Parkin, Elouisa Lunn, Jess Knetchli and Evie Butterfield. The midcourt attack of Izzy Moore and India Vance worked hard to keep possession and ensure safe passage of the ball to the shooters. The whole squad was a credit to Royal High School and shows huge promise for the coming netball term.
The rain stayed away for a day at least, which allowed the first U13 GDST Football Rally to take place as scheduled on Tuesday 15th October. It was a great event which showcased much talent and I'm sure it will be the first of many GDST Football Rallys.
Royal High School fielded a team of enthusiastic, keen, determined young players led by Captain Ruby Butterfield, who were thrilled to have the opportunity to play football together at a tournament of such a good standard. They represented the Royal High School with pride and passion to reach the Quarter Final. They lost their Quarter Final 4-2 to Birkenhead but they can hold their heads high as they performed well all day, playing some impressive football and their attitude was exemplary.