I had the privilege to umpire the U11’s today and I wasn’t disappointed. This truly was a test of character for the U11’s as they were faced with a very strict, experienced Cumnor umpire!

We got off to a fabulous start having turned over the first centre pass scoring off it and converting from our own. After that the Cumnor girls woke up and it was obvious that this was going to be a really tough game for both teams! The first quarter ended with a narrow 5-4 lead to us.

The second and third quarters were when we lost our discipline, with the whistle going for distance, obstruction and contact, our heads went down! The girls felt they were being picked on!

Going into the final quarter 11-14 down and with the knowledge that their unbeaten record was about to be broken a stern team talk was needed. The advice was to keep possession, work the ball closer to the post for a better chance of scoring and if they wanted to win this game they had to turnover the ball … it was the only way!

In true Copthorne style the girls went out with renewed determination, and all 7 girls really played as a team. We DID turn over the ball time and again and played some awesome netball. We scored 6 goals in the final quarter to Cumnor’s 3. There was a nail biting finish as the score was at 17-17 and the Cumnor GS had a penalty shot awarded. Lady luck was obviously on our side as the ball bounced off the ring and out of court, the final whistle blew to end the game on a draw.

I could not have been prouder of these girls as they took on board the things they were doing wrong and picked themselves up and showed just how good they are as a team. Well done! The Cumnor umpire commended them all at the end of the game.

Just remember girls, this is the sort of umpiring you will be facing at the IAPS Tournament at EG in March!

Well done to Emily W who was voted player of the match.