PGSGU Interschools’ Netball Tournament

P.G.S.U INTER-SCHOOLS’ NETBALL TOURNAMENT 2015 REPORT

On the 21st and 22nd of August, Wynberg Girls’ High School participated in the inter-schools’ netball competition which compromised of five other girls’ schoosl participanting.

This competition was held over the course of two days, with the under 14’s and under 16’s on the Friday at Rustenburg Girls’ High School, and the under 19’s participating on the Saturday at Herschel Girls’ Senior School. Both days were immensely entertaining and filled with fierce competition across the age groups.

On the first day of the tournament, our U14’s and U16’s played their five matches each against numerous schools. Each match was seven minutes a side, with a minute in between halves in order to make quick adjustments if needed. The U16’s first match against Rustenburg.   It was a rocky start to the tournament, as our girls were only just getting into the game, when the final whistle blew, leaving them with a final score of 7-4 to Rustenburg. However after this match, they began to relax and went on to win the following match with a close score of 6-5 against St Cyprians High School.  After a break, Wynberg played a very close game against Springfield Convent High School that ended in a draw of 10-10, throughout which our girls never gave up fighting, and played until the very last whistle. The following match, our girls won in a landslide of 13-1 against San Souci Girls’ High School. The final match of the day was a tough match against Herschel Girls High School who had gone undefeated throughout the day. We put up a strong attack, however we lost quite a few of our center passes, which ultimately led to Herschel winning with a score of 10-4. Throughout all the games, our U16’s kept up great team spirit and whenever they weren’t playing, they made sure to go support the U14’s, who won three out of their five matches of the day.

The following day, the U19 games were held at Herschel Girls Senior School. The competition was tough, and the first match was to be played against Herschel. Our girls put up a strong fight, however they ended up losing the match 15-3 to Herschel, who were once again undefeated at the end of the day. After a break, our girls felt more confident going into their next match, which was against Springfield. Throughout the game, our girls put up a strong defense, with special mention to Erin Slater, who intercepted many passes throughout the day which helped lead to their eventual win of 11-7. Wynberg won the following game with a score of 12-3 against San Souci. Throughout the match, San Souci played a contact-full game, which frustrated our girls, however they managed to channel their frustration into increasing the goal difference between the two teams. The following matches were incredibly tough, and due to our girls becoming tired after a long day, it made them even harder. Wynberg lost to St Cyprians with a score of 12-5.  They we played extremely well, however they ended up losing some of their center passes and that influenced the tide of the game. The final match was against Rustenburg, we put up a good defense, however our passes were lacking in strength, which lead to many interceptions made by Rustenburg. We finished with a final score of 13-5 to Rustenburg, however our girls came off the courts smiling as they played their hearts out and put up a good fight against the other schools. Throughout the day there was a great sense of team spirit amongst the players that never failed.

The final outcomes of the tournament were well deserved throughout all the age groups; in the U14 league, Rustenburg won the tournament, with Herschel coming second and Wynberg coming third. In the U16’s league, Herschel came first, Rustenburg second, St Cyprians third and Wynberg came fourth. And finally in the U19’s league, Herschel came first, with Rustenburg close behind in second, St Cyprians third and once again Wynberg came fourth. These are all huge achievements for our netball teams and we are incredibly proud of all those who participated.

Not only was this the last league match, it is also the last league match for out matrics of 2015, we handed over the presents to our matric girls at the end of the tournament on the 22nd, and we wish to thank them for all that they have put in, in contributing towards this sport and to wish them the very best in the future.

Micaela Pinkham