On Saturday the 26th March the U9s took part in an end of season netball tournament at East Grinstead sports club. This tournament was different to ones the U9s had played in before, as it was a high five versatility tournament. However the U9s certainly rose to this challenge and excelled. Each match was 15 minutes in total, 7 and a ½ minutes long each end with everyone changing positions at half time following a rotation of play.
Their first match was against CD Phoenix Gems and the U9s dominated this match from the start. Every centre pass the U9s used to their advantage and some super goals were scored by Holly and Alys. By half time the girls were a well deserved 6-0 up. In the second half of the match Copthorne dominated the play again and there was some fabulous play from Elizabeth who was all over the court. Although there were some good attempts on goal from Copthorne in the second half of the match the score line remained the same and the U9’S won the match 6-0.
Copthorne then played CD Phoenix Opals who although gave us the strongest competition in the tournament were once again no match for the U9s. The U9s proved again how versatile they could be with some good goals being scored from Emily and Karina in the first half. The final score was 4-1 to Copthorne.
Copthorne’s last match was against Rudgewick. In this match the umpiring was some of the best and hardest the girls had experienced in the tournament and as a result the girls found that they were being pulled up a lot more however this did not deter the U9s and once again they remained solid and showed what they were made off winning the match 5-0 with some good goals scored from Liliana, Charlotte, Holly and Hannah.
The U9’s one again proved what a talented versatile team they are with some superb netball being played by all with Liliana, Charlotte, Emily, Karina, Alys, Holly and Hannah all scoring at least one goal each! All the girls played fantastically today but a special mention must go to Elizabeth whose sheer determination and enthusiasm paid off on court and as a result she was my player of the tournament!
Congratulations girls tournament winners!! What a fantastic way to end the netball season! And thank you to all the spectators that came to support the girls, a super day was had by all!
Emily, Alys, Charlotte, Hannah, Holly, Liliana, Elizabeth, Karina, Natalie. TC