The competition took place over the weekend of the 12-14 April at Rustenburg Girls’ High School. With a total of 18 teams in the netball stream, this promised to be a nail-biter of a tournament.
Our school was allocated to stream 1, which included the following schools:
Rustenburg Girls' High School
Edgemead High School
Bloemhof High School
Norman Henshilwood High School
Springfield Convent School
St Anne’s Diocesan College
Diocesan School for Girls
Our first match on the tournament was on Friday at 13:00 vs Rustenburg. With our girls still finding their feet, they sadly lost the match with a score of 9-14 to Rustenburg. We recovered fairly quickly in our next game against Edgemead on the same day. The team worked well together, and perhaps because of the loss we had suffered in the previous game, we were even more determined to walki away with a win. Triumph we did with the score of 19-15 in our favour.
Our final game of day 1 was a tough one: we were due to play the 2018 tournament winner, Bloemhof. Our girls kept their composure and secured each centre pass with a goal. The half time score was 7-7. As we entered the second half, it seemed that both of us were equally determined to walk away with a win. Our defence players, Clemine Tal and Olwethu Macanda worked well together and intercepted one of Bloemhof’s centre passes, allowing Wynberg to take a point difference lead. Our girls worked as a finely tuned machine, and held onto possession until the last whistle. This left us in the in the winning circle with a score of 13-12.
Day 2 would be a trying one, with 5 fixtures to play. All that we could hope for was that our energy levels would remain consistent in all matches. Our first match of the morning was against Norman Henshilwood. What a tight game it was, with Norman Henshilwood players giving 130%, and doing their best to win the game. However, our girls got into game mode and took control, with the half time score being 6-5 in our favour. As we entered the second half, our team held onto each centre pass and safely secured a goal, which lead to the final result of 13-12 in our favour.
Our second Match of the day was against Springfield Convent. We were familiar with the strengths of this team as Springfield is one of the teams in our annual netball league fixtures. As our nerves settled and adjusted to the game, the very best emerged from our team players. Our Centre, Shantel Ponda, make some stunning interceptions, allowing us to walk away with a win of a final score of 15-11.
Our third match was against St Anne’s Diocesan College. Our team went into the game feeling very nervous as St Anne’s had not taken a loss yet. With the rain on our side, our girls slowed the game down, taking control of the conditions we had to play in. The team did extremely well, keeping possession of the ball and defending when it was in the opponent's hands. The final score was a draw of 12-12. We were really happy with the result, as up to this point, we had only had 1 loss which was our first match of the tournament.
In our fourth match against Somerset College, with the halves only being 12 minutes long, the coach made changes from the 1st to the 2nd half to try and give all players the opportunity to play. We could relax a bit in this match, as the pace was not a quick as previous matches. All players kept to the game plan and it proved to be successful, with our winning the game 17-8.
The final match of the day was up against Diocesan School for Girls: also a nail-biter of a game. Our defensive players worked well as a team, with our shooters securing goals at every opportunity they had with the ball. We were delighted to win the game 13-9.
With all of the results in, WGHS finished off in 2nd Position in Stream A, which left us to play Reddam to secure either 3rd or 4th Position in the tournament. On Sunday 14, the games were moved to Herschel owing the rain and and the courts being slippery. Our girls were nervous. Much was at stake. Keeping our composure, we began the game well, leading by one point at the end of the first half. In the second half we were caught off guard when Reddam put a little extra into the match to take the lead. It was incredibly hard to come back and equalize, and despite our best efforts, the game finished with a score of 11-15 to Reddam.
This meant that in the tournament we came 4th. It's an achievement we are extremely proud of: it was an U16 tournament, and we went with an U15 side, and to receive the results we did, was truly phenomenal. Players in our team were as follows:
Teige Van der Merwe
We thank all parents who took the time out this weekend to come and support the team. We will certainly be invested in the future of this team. Well done Wynberg!