U12 netballers make it into Surrey top four
A tentative start to the tournament saw the U12As secure some modest wins. As the day progressed they found their flow, and by the last three matches of their group, against some of the strongest teams, they found their form and played lovely flowing netball through the court. Winning all of their group matches they finished in first in their group.
Following an hour’s break, the girls started their semi-final match against JAGS, slowly going 2-0 down in the first minute. However, Gabby Sesay adapted her play against a really dominant goal shooter and managed to secure some vital turnovers. The game was then an equal match with the score tied, but unforced errors from Epsom cost us dearly and JAGS, the eventual overall Surrey Schools winners, were able to take the game by just one goal.
The girls were disappointed as they knew the win had been theirs for the taking, but they picked themselves up for the third/fourth play-off. They faced Cranleigh, who they had beaten earlier in the day, but Cranleigh came out fiercely and were able to take an early lead. Epsom refocused and managed to pull it back but it was too little, too late, and the girls were beaten by just a single goal to finish fourth overall.
Surrey is one of the strongest netball counties in the country, and for the girls to make it to the top 16 in the finals, finish top of their group in the preliminary round, and then fourth overall, is a fantastic result and one they should be very proud of.
Player of the tournament – Ella Stephens for consistently good play in both attack and defence.
Won v Wallington 5-2
Won v Cranleigh 5-2
Won v Surbiton 4-2
Won v Croydon 5-3
Won v Putney 9-5
Won v St Catherine’s 8-1
Won v Emanuel 9-3
Semi-finals v JAGS lost 6-7
Third/fourth place play-off v Cranleigh lost 6-7