The U8’s were a little anxious about their match today as Great Walstead were the only team to beat them during the netball season. Priya was captain and got Copthorne off to a good start by winning the toss and opting to field first. The girls were a little nervous to start with and Great Walstead managed to score two ½ rounders off the first 2 balls. Tianna bowled brilliantly and Bella was quick to retrieve any balls that were missed by the Gt Walstead batters. Deep fielders Paige, Jennifer and Anna were kept busy by the GW batters but were quick to field the ball and Rachel managed to get 3 players out at second. At the end of the innings GW had managed to score 2½ rounders.

It was now time to bat and unfortunately Jennifer was caught out behind on the first ball. It took a while for Copthorne to get on the score sheet and Rachel was first to score half a rounder. This spurred the team on with Tianna, Paige and Bella also scoring half rounders and Rachel a full rounder. At the end of the innings Copthorne had scored 3 rounders.

During the second innings Tianna bowled consistently well and Copthorne were very focused and fielded strongly. Great Walstead managed to score 3 rounders. Copthorne now had a target of 3 rounders to win! The girls batted well with Tianna and Anna scoring full rounders and halves being scored by Bella, Jennifer, Talia and Rachel.

The final score was a win for Copthorne 7-5½. Well done girls! A great match with some excellent batting and fielding by both teams. Congratulations to Rachel and Tianna who were Copthorne’s top batters today.