Today was sadly not to be the U9s day. Having arrived at the netball courts on Brighton Seafront to the sight of 10 foot netball posts instead of the 9 foot the girls should have been playing on; there was some very worried looking faces! Also the sight of the two giant U10s playing in the U9A team unsettled the girls from the start. However Copthorne held their own and after losing the first centre in the first quarter, the girls managed to turn the game over to their advantage and played well as a team despite some changes and absences this week. As a result of this at the end of the first quarter Copthorne were 2-1 up, helped by two great goals from Yelena Finnegan.

In the second quarter of the match Copthorne dominated the play and there was some fabulous defending and intercepting in and around the D from Madeleine Liu and Elise Fry in defence. Ellie Burchett and Hermione Ashbee worked hard as wings to get the ball up and down court, and Amalia Finnegan who played centre worked heroically on court both with her attacking and defending, gaining some fantastic interceptions. The shooters also added to the teams efforts in this quarter passing well around the D resulting in a further two goals being scored by Alice Renshaw putting Copthorne three goals up at half time.

In the third quarter of the match Copthorne lost their focus and momentum completely and silly mistakes due to careless passing occurred, giving St Christopher’s the upper hand for the first time throughout the whole of the match. However in the fourth quarter Copthorne came back fighting and it proved to be a very tense quarter to umpire and watch, yet due to Copthorne’s blips’ in the third quarter St Christopher’s just managed to pip Copthorne to the post with 7 goals to 6!

Although it was a loss today for the U9s they should be extremely proud of the way they played and conducted themselves both on and off court, and under different circumstances this match could have been very different and most definitely and deservedly should and would have gone in Copthorne’s favour! I look forward to continue working with the U9s over the forthcoming term and I am sure that with the girl’s already strong foundation in netball to build on, this team will do well and will be very successful. Once again well done girls and thank you to all the parents that came to support. TC