On Tuesday 15th of February 2019 the Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 High 5 Netball Competition took place at Harris Wimbledon Sports Ground. With all of the eleven cluster schools taking part, the event was extremely well represented. It was clear to see the amount of preparation some teams had put into the lead up to the competition, due to the high standard of their pre match warm up routines.

Teams were split into two groups of six and five teams, with the top two teams at the end of the group stages would then go on to represent the Raynes Park Cluster in the Borough Finals on the Friday 8th November 2019.

In Group 1 the first round of matches, were a cagey affair with a number of teams reacquainting themselves with the infamous footwork rule as well as getting their eye in when shooting. However, the standard of both attacking and defensive play quickly improved in the following rounds of games. The standout performance in the group stages for Merton Park came in their 2-1 victory over a battling Hollymount side. Each of the goals was the result of some quick thinking and fantastic movement from their attacking players to get them into a scoring position.

Hollymount to their credit did not give up and scored a well-worked goal of their own. West Wimbledon put in a clinical performance against St John Fisher to score three fantastic goals and won the game 3-0. St John Fisher managed to regroup well and post their first points of the competition against Aragon in a tight 0-0. Poplar were posting consistent results in this group by winning four out of their six matches, drew their final match and were only beaten by eventual group winners Merton Park.

Group 1

  1. Merton Park
  2. Poplar A
  3. West Wimbledon
  4. Hollymount
  5. Poplar B
  6. St John Fisher

In Group 2, there were some strong performances from all teams. Hatfeild’s best performance came from a hard fought 3-0 victory over Joseph Hood. Joseph Hood were extremely unlucky in a number of their matches not to register a win, due to their ability to move the ball up the court and attack the open spaces, however they did close out a well-deserved draw against an organised Hillcross B side. Hillcross A were extremely hard to break down in defence due to their players being well organised and ability to man mark, however they lacked a little consistency and luck when shooting at the hoop. Their best result came against Sacred Heart winning this match 1-0 to secure 3rd place ahead of their opponents. St Matthews mounted a serious challenge to win the group and played some great netball throughout the competition. Their standout performance came against Hatfeild, scoring four sublime goals.

Group 2

  1. St Matthew’s
  2. Hatfeild
  3. Hillcross A
  4. Sacred Heart
  5. Hillcross B
  6. Joseph Hood

Congratulations to Merton Park, St Matthews, Hatfeild and Poplar A who all qualify to represent the Raynes Park Cluster at this year’s Borough Finals.

After the group stages the competition continued to see who would be crowned Raynes Park Cluster High 5 Netball champions for 2019.

Congratulations to all teams who competed, as all players conducted themselves brilliantly and demonstrated some fantastic sportsmanship throughout the competition. A special mention must go to Hollymount who were the winners of the REFSPECT award. A number of schools nominated them for this award due to their positive attitude and conduct after each match even in defeat and their wanting to shake the hands of their opponents and wish them good luck for their future matches – well done guys!

A thank you must also be given to Harris Academy Wimbledon for the use of their fantastic facilities. Likewise, a huge thankyou to the Harris Academy Wimbledon who officiated the matches brilliantly.

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