The Sun, Rain, Wind and finally the Sun again didn’t deter our seasoned High 5 Netballers at this year’s Borough Finals. The top four teams from each cluster worked hard in the ranging weather conditions throughout the borough finals.
In the group stages we saw some very close results across the courts with the children determined to do their best and work well with their team mates. With half times in every match there were plenty of rotations to ensure players tried their hand across all areas of the court.
The group placings at the end of the first half of the day were as follows:
1st Bishop Gilpin
2nd Merton Park
1st Wimbledon Park
4th St Teresa’s
1st St Matthew’s
3rd The Priory
4th St Thomas
4th Holy Trinity
After lunch schools continued to played a further three matches to secure their final positions.
The top four teams fought out what were very close semi final and final matches. An exciting end to end match between Wimbledon Park and Poplar saw Wimbledon Park narrowly miss out on a final place in the last play of the game. In the other semi-final, Garfield and Bishop Gilpin played out an outstanding match, full of skill and endeavour. It was Garfield who emerged triumphant and secured their place in the final.
Bishop Gilpin worked hard against Wimbledon Park in the 3rd/4th place match but weren’t quite able to match their opposition’s great display of team work down the court and precision shooting.
In the final match Poplar showed real determination and great play but the Garfield team stayed composed and showed great attacking and defending skills and worked so well as a team to win the match and take the Trophy and gold medals.
Final placings were as follows:
- Wimbledon Park
- Bishop Gilpin
- Merton Park
- St Matthew's
- Holy Trinity
12. St Teresa’s
14. St Thomas
15. The Priory
Well done to all schools and in particular for the sportsmanship displayed throughout the tournament. The winners of our Ref-Spect award were St Matthew’s, huge congratulations to them!
A huge thank you also to Ricards Lodge High School and the PE Department for hosting the event and to the Leaders form Ricards for all the help and great officiating through the day.
Garfield will now go on to represent Merton in the LYG School Games Event in March 2020. Best of luck Garfield!