Having qualified for the County Netball Tournament at Sir David English on Wednesday 13th March by playing some brilliant netball at a wet and windy Leweston last week, the Y7 Netball squad were excited to test themselves against some unfamiliar opposition. A total of 12 school attended the event and were in the first of two sections of 6. We had our toughest game first against Talbot Heath and the girls made a good start especially in the fierce wind that was whipping across the courts. Unfortunately TH got their rhythm and we lost by a considerable margin. Then rejuvenated by a game off to rest, we came back strongly against St Mary’s School and battled hard to win the game 7-3. Next saw us take on an impressive Highcliffe team. Even more impressive was the grit and determination shown by the Blandford girls to not let them get the better of us, 3-3 at half time led to an eventual 5-3 win for TBS. Against a strong Parkstone side we held our own in the first half but couldn’t sustain the accuracy needed to finish on top and eventually lost 7-3. In the last match against Dumpton it was close to start with and Dumpton scored first, looking like the strong team that they were. We were pleased to go in for half time 3-2 up following some excellent play out of defence and attacking in the last 1/3 but the girls shone in the second half finally winning 6-2. 3 wins and 2 losses meant that we finished 3rd in our section and so missed out on progressing to the semi-finals but the girls should be super-proud of their efforts and their conduct whilst representing The Blandford School. The squad of 10 all contributed significantly to their success over the two tournaments and it was great to see the development of all of the girls who did their best whatever position they were tasked with.
The Year 8 Team found themselves in a tough group but started really well. The defence worked especially hard making some crucial imterceptions and this saw the team record a win against Highcliffe with some effective shooting from Grace. Our next game brought us up against North Dorset champions Hanford and despite some tenacious defending we were unable to make the most of our chances .In the next game the girls played exceptionally well against Dorchester Middle, moving the ball quickly down court and finding Charlie in the D who showed great accuracy with her shooting. The game against Talbot Heath could have gone either way and at half time the teams were tied 3-3. Despite some incredible defensive play by every girl on court TBS lost by only 2 goals. The final game against Allenbourn saw the 2 teams evenly matched and again despite some quick and effective passages of play saw the girls lose narrowly.
The team members should all be congratulated for their team spirit and determination.
Year 7 Netball Squad:
Jasmine Corfield ©
Year 8 Netball Squad:
Lily Cross ( Player of the tournament)