All Girls’ Schools’ National Tour – Netball Report

On April 30th, 2016, posted in: Netball, News, Sport, Tour by

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On the 27th till the 30th April, Wynberg Girls’ High Schools’ U19A Netball squad took part in the National Girls’ Schools’ Festival, which was hosted by Durban Girls’ High School. This festival is a combination of sports and cultural activities, with participants ranging across South Africa who have come together in order to celebrate their schools’ pride in their sporting and cultural talents.

Over the course of the weekend, our girls played in a total of 11 matches. Each match consisted of 14 minutes a half, this was a challenge for our girls to face as they played 6 matches on the Thursday followed by 4 on the Friday as well as the match which would determine the placing’s on the Saturday. It was a long and well anticipated weekend that although was incredibly tough and tiring, was also filled with excitement and joy towards experiencing playing against many teams from all over South Africa.

On the Thursday, our girls played against tough competition and although they fought well, they lost 4 of the 6 matches, one of whom went on to win the tournament, drawing one and winning against Westville. This was a very eventful day as two of our girls got players of their matches, Masi Dimbaza in the match against Jeppe Girls’ High School (whom we drew against) and Michaela Pinkham in the match against Rustenburg High School for Girls. In their final match against Kingsridge High School for Girls, Kingsridge played a contact-full game that left our players irritated as it went so far as to one of our girls, who previously had a back injury, collapsing on court due to incessant contact on her back by a Kingsridge player, and was taken immediately to the chiropractor who was on standby at the tournament. She was unable to play in any of the matches the following day, but was allowed to participate in the girl’s final match on the Saturday.

The following day our girls won one out of the 4 matches they played, one of whom played in the finals against the winners, Eunice High School. Although the competition was tough, our girls never gave up and gave each match their all. The girls final match on the Saturday was played against Rhenish Girls’ High School, they gave it their all and although they didn’t win the match, they played a clean game and accepted the loss with good sportsmanship.

Overall our girls placed 16th out of 21 schools in the tournament. A huge well done to our girls, who played their hearts out and were wonderful ambassadors for our school.