U11s go to court in ISA North Netball Tournament

On Monday 2nd March, nine Prep 5 and 6 girls took to the road to Cheshire as they headed for The Grange School to compete in the ISA Northern Netball Tournament.

The team were up against it from the start as they had been drawn in the proverbial “group of death”, featuring pre-tournament favourites  Alderley Edge Grammar School and Bowden Prep. Indeed, it was to be the eventual winners Alderley Edge who were the first opponents for Bridgewater. Despite a resolute and spirited performance from the girls, they could little to stop the AEGS attacks. Grace was terrific in defence and a player of the match effort from Ellen in the centre could do little to prevent a 14-0 defeat.

Next up was The Grange B and this was to be a much more even game. Once again Grace put in an excellent performance, but this time alongside Star who had moved to GD. Isabella and Ellen dominated the centre and far more chances were created. Unfortunately, neither Lily not Dalia could convert any of the chances, whilst The Grange managed to convert one of theirs to earn a 1-0 victory.

In game 3, the team maintained the same formation and the pattern of the match was very similar to the previous game. Despite a player of the match performance from Freya and both teams having opportunities to win the game, a point was gained for both Bridgewater and Scarisbrick Prep, as they shared a 0-0 draw.

In game 4, Bridgewater came up against the eventual tournament runners-up, Bowden Prep. The goal shooters for the opponents were in fantastic form and the team could do little to prevent goals being scored at regular intervals. Isabella put in a player of the match effort for Bridgewater, but Bowden ran out 11-0 winners in the end.

In the final game of the day for the girls, the decision was made to go back on the offensive and try to win the game with a more adventurous approach. Unfortunately, their opponents took advantage of this tactical switch to score 4 quick goals. However, the moment of the day came when player of the match Star, scored an amazing goal from the edge of the D. The referee controversially disallowed the goal, but on a VAR style review the goal eventually stood! Nevertheless, the final score of the day finished up Bridgewater 1 Hale Prep 4.

However, tournaments, matches and indeed sport is not always about results. Therefore, the girls can take great pride in receiving the Fair Play Award. The prize is awarded to the team that showed the most sporting behaviour and never say die attitude and is voted for by all the other teams. Well done girls, it was a great day and the progress made was significant. The confidence from competing in such a strong event was clear to see as on Wednesday the team travelled to Pownall Hall Prep and won 12-8, thus overturning a previous defeat a few weeks earlier.

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