U16 Netball Team – North Dorset Champions

U16 ND Champions 2014On Thursday 2nd October our Under 16 Netball team travelled to St Mary’s School in Shaftesbury for the North Dorset Tournament.

Their opening game was against our neighbours Bryanston which they won 9 – 4. After that they faced The Gryphon school and they were able to win that game 11-3. The final game of the section was against Leweston which they won 10-7.

Next they progressed to the semi-finals playing the hosts St Mary’s. This proved to be a tight game but our girls were the eventual winners with a 14-9 win.

In the final they faced Clayesmore who had impressed everyone with their strong defending. In the first few minutes Clayesmore took the lead by 2 goals but the TBS team were not phased by this and dug deep. They pulled the deficit back and came out victorious with a fantastic 10 – 7 win.

This is such a brilliant result for a team that has been together for 5 years. It also shows what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and a desire to do well and improve. One of the girls commented ‘ we just wanted to win more than the other teams and were prepared to work hard to get it’.

This meant that the next stage was the County Finals at Budmouth College on 7th October. The TBS girls had a fantastic start and won all but one of their games in their section and progressed to the semi finals. In the semi finals they came up against a very experienced Talbot Heath team. Despite being the better ‘team’ they were unable to progress to the final and ultimately the South West Regional tournament. There were tears at the end as this would have  meant so much to our girls but they left with heads held high finishing 3rd in the County behind 2 teams that consist of regional and England U17 players. We are so proud of the team and look forward to hearing great things from them when they take part in the International Netball Tournament in Disneyland Paris in April 2015.

We must also congratulate three of our Year 8 girls who have been selected for the  North Dorset Satellite Academy. This is the beginning of the county pathway and involves them having monthly coaching sessions at Bryanston as part of the North Dorset squad. They are Celine Collier, Georgie Bailey and Megan Breslin.