On Monday 27 February, the extremely wet conditions did not deter nine schools entering 13 teams into the Wimbledon Cluster Year 5/6 High 5 Netball Competition. Even an early downpour before the start of the competition did not dampen the spirits of the pupils. Once again, we were fortunate enough to host the event at Ricards Lodge with their Sports Leaders officiating all matches and helping to run the tournament.

The teams were split into two groups with schools aiming to finish in the top two places in their pools and thereby qualify for the Borough Finals.

Teams in Group 1 got off to a racing start as Bishop Gilpin and Garfield both showed their determination to qualify with impressive opening victories over The Priory ‘A’ and All Saints respectively. While Biship Gilpin continued to dominate the group, winning all their games and only conceding once, the rest of the teams slowly found their range with both passing and shooting to put pressure on Garfield. All Saints and St Mary’s ‘B’ then played one another in an end-to-end game full of drama and great sportsmanship. In the end, neither team deserved to lose and the final result (0-0) was a fair reflection of an even match. This spurred St Mary’s ‘B’ on who went on to secure a narrow 1-0 victory over Wimbledon Park ‘B’. Although Wimbledon Park ‘B’ finally got their reward for all their hard work and team ethic to battle to a 2-0 victory over All Saints. The Priory ‘A’ recovered from their start, beating All Saints, St Mary’s ‘B’ and Wimbledon Park ‘B’ with quick build up play and clinical shooting to give them a chance of qualifying. In a deciding match between Garfield and The Priory ‘A’, Garfield took the honours and secured second place in the group with a 1-0 victory in an enthralling encounter.

  1. Bishop Gilpin: 15 points Goal Difference +16

  2. Garfield: 12 points Goal Difference +7

  3. The Priory ‘A’: 9 points Goal Difference +7

  4. Wimbledon Park ‘B’: 3 points Goal Difference -8

  5. St Mary’s: 3 points Goal Difference -10

  6. All Saints: 1 point Goal Diffence -10

Teams in Group 2 took no time getting into the swing of things as both Dundonald and Wimbledon Park ‘A’ looked impressive, passing the ball quickly and accurately down the court. In Dundonalds game against Bishop Gilpin ‘C’ it was left to a long range shot to separate these two skilful teams, with Dundonald scoring the all-important winner. The opening game with St Mary’s ‘A’ and Wimbledon Park ‘A’ also impressed with some high quality netball being played, these two well drilled sides full of great skill, application and team-work. Wimbledon Park ‘A’ moving up the court at an electric pace to go on to secure an impressive 4-0 victory. Pelham found their scoring touch against Bishop Gilpin ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, to take victory in both games 2-1 before a tight encounter against Dundonald resulted in a 1-1 draw that in the end cost both teams their chance of qualification. Bishop Gilpin ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams continued to show great desire and their reward was off with victories over The Priory ‘B’. The ‘derby’ between the two Bishop Gilpin teams was a tight match and they could not be separated as they played out a 1-1 draw. In the battle at the top of the table, St Marys ‘A’ team recovered from their opening defeat to Wimbledon Park ‘A’ to win the rest of their matches with some outstanding team displays and individual skill. It wasn’t quite enough though as nobody could get close to Wimbledon Park ‘A’ as they could not stop scoring, averaging an outstanding four goals a game to claim top spot.

  1. Wimbledon Park ‘A’: 18 points Goal Difference +22

  2. St Mary’s ‘A’: 15 points Goal Difference +4

  3. Dundonald: 8 points Goal Difference +2

  4. Pelham: 8 points Goal Difference +1

  5. Bishop Gilpin ‘B’: 5 points Goal Difference -4

  6. Bishop Gilpin ‘C’: 3 points Goal Difference -4

  7. The Priory ‘B’: 1 point Goal Difference -10

We wish our four Wimbledon representatives the very best of luck at the Borough Finals!

A huge thank you and well done to all of the participants who fully embodied the Refspect values we discussed at the beginning of the competition – it was great to see all teams compete with so much determination bur remembering the importance of respect within the game. Our Refspect winners were St Mary’s ‘B’ who were positive throughout, applauding the opposing team, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition even when they lost. A great demonstration of fair play, sportsmanship and etiquette combined with fantastic team work and effort meant they were a credit to their school. Well done to everyone involved. The Sports Leaders at Ricards Lodge officiated maturely and authoritatively – thank you. Finally, thanks goes to all of the adults who prepared, organised and ran the teams – it has a huge impact in making the event run smoothly and with a positive atmosphere.

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