Golden Goal Seals U13 Netball National ISA Championship

Congratulations go to our Year 8 Netball Team who are the newly crowned U13s ISA National Netball Champions.

On Saturday 12 May Princethorpe’s U13 Girls’ Netball Team took on 11 schools from across the country in the Independent Schools Association’s National Netball Finals. The championships took place at the excellent facilities of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate in York.

The girls stormed though the Group Stage hitting the ground running with fast attacking play. They won all their first round matches dispatching Alderley Edge School for Girls 8-6, St Michael’s School 15-1, Hull Collegiate School 16-4 and Claires Court School 11-10.

Keeping the momentum up and their shooting sharp, the U13s had another easy win in the semi-final against St James Senior Girls’ School 12-4.

They were then pitted against Ballard School in the final and from the start it was a tight match. The girls had to fight for every ball and work tirelessly together, grabbing every opportunity to turn over, transition down the court and convert. Ballard fought back hard, testing the Princethorpe defence again and again. The teams were well matched and with goals aplenty from both sides at full time the score stood at 12-12. The game then went to sudden death and, Goal Attack, Rosie Pritchard-Jeffs kept her nerve and shot the golden goal to seal the national championship title for Princethorpe College.

Well done to all the girls involved, everyone played fantastically and we are super proud of their achievement!

Playing in the team were Millie Giffin (Captain), Lara Tripp-Smith, Molly Wincott-Thomas, Evie Phillips, Eve Farquharson, Issy Bunting, Rosie Pritchard-Jeffs, Mia Johnson, Ruby Harris. Missing on the day but a key player in the qualifying matches was Jess Mackenzie.

A huge thank you to team coaches Hannah Carminati and Debs Brookes and to our pupils’ parents, for their support.