Worthing College netball squads travelled to Barton Peveril to play their final Hampshire League matches – a win would see the 1st team win the Hampshire League.

The 2nd team played first and from the start the match was very close. Ruth and Phillippa were shooting well with some nice feeds in from Billie at wa and Ellie at c – qtr 1 score 7-5 to Worthing. The girls increased the pressure in the second qtr with some good defending by Keeleigh, Kyra and Isobel – half time 14-10 to Worthing.

Maddy was introduced at gd in the 3rd qtr with Kyra moving to wd. The goals continued to flow with Ruth holding nicely but Barton not giving up – end of qtr 3 was 24-18 to Worthing. In the final qtr the girls really stepped up and showed their quality. Throughout the court they all played well and increased their lead- final score was 36-21 to Worthing College.

Player of the match – Ellie Punter.

The 1st team match was very close right from the start with both teams showing their quality. The quarter went goal for goal with both sets of defence working very hard – 7-7 at qtr time. In the second qtr Worthing started to edge the lead with some lovely feeds into the circle to Shelby by Liv, and some superb defending by Iona and Charlotte – half time 16-11 to Worthing.

Kyra was introduced at wd in the 3rd qtr with Kira moving to wa. The Worthing players were in full flow in this quarter with our defence not giving an inch and our attack playing very well as a unit – 29-17 to Worthing at the end of the 3rd qtr. In the final qtr the girls continued to dominate winning the match 42-25.

Player of the match – Kyra Dann Brown.

The result means that Worthing College are the Hampshire League champions winning all of their League matches against some very tough opposition. The second team are currently in 2nd place only losing one match in the League. A great achievement by coach Tina Price and the teams, what a season the netballers are having.


Worthing come up short in first quest for National Silverware.

Worthing College repeated last years achievements by getting to the semi-final of the Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s tournament, losing to eventual winners Loughborough College.

IsobelFirst up for Worthing College was against a strong Coleg Sir Gar side, with a rich pedigree of rugby. Worthing College started the game with a deep kick, and were the first to strike with a great turnover from Martina Giampaglia and some neat handling to put Aimee Porter in the corner. Worthing scored again straight from the resulting kick off, with a neat show and go from Izzy Mayhew to score the first of a hat-trick. Worthing’s dominance continued with another try from Roberta Haywood just before half time to make the score 15-0. Worthing dominated the start of the 2nd half, with Isobel scoring again to go under the posts, missing the resulting conversion to make it 20-0. Worthing rung the changes, which gave Coleg Sir Gar more dominance of the game, with them scoring down the wing. However, in the last play of the game Isobel side stepped the full back to make the final score 27-7.

womens rugbyWorthing faced a powerful team next, in Neve Port Talbot. Despite an early score from the Welsh team, Worthing picked their heads up and showed their dominance through a series of well worked team tries. A switch from Nadia Bral and Emily Hird, gave Tatum Gabriel the space to run around the outside and score Worthing’s first try. Another perfectly placed deep kick from Martina Giampaglia, put their defence under pressure, leading to a Worthing scrum on the 5 metre line. Emily Hird took this opportunity to run through the defence and score under the posts which helped Martina to convert the try. Momentum of the opposition was restricted due to Teya Ashworth’s superb rucking. Tries from Destiny Jordon-Field, and Aimee Porter, meant Worthing comfortably won the game 27-7.

Try EllaThe third and final group game, saw Worthing face historic rivals SGS Filton. Nerves were high amongst the team, as Worthing have fallen short of beating Filton previously. Roberta Haywood made a tremendous run, stepping past the Filton defence to score first, making the score 7-0, the additional points added by Martina’s kick. A blinding intercept from Ella Pinkney, on her come back, helped Worthing to assert dominance in the first half. Filton showed determination and that they were a threat, with a try from a pick and go. In the second half, Tatum Gabriel made another one of her classic breaks and was supported by Beatrice Mora, who showed a great work rate to increase Worthing’s score. Filton scored again, making the final minutes of the game very tense. Emotions were running high and Isobel Mayhew saw a yellow card in the final 10 seconds of the game. Worthing down to 6 managed to keep a strong Filton attack away from the try line and kick the ball out to see Worthing beat SGS Filton for the first time in two years. Final score, 19-14, meaning Worthing finished top of their pool.

TackleIn the semi-final Worthing faced Loughborough. The game was well fought by Worthing, with clear passion and desire to reach the final, and the opportunity to play at Twickenham. Worthing had recently faced Loughborough in a 15’s fixture, so Worthing knew they were in for a tough match. Loughborough were first on the score sheet but Worthing were quick to respond with a try from Roberta Haywood and a conversion yet again from Martina Giampaglia. Worthing continued to fight hard, showing a clear development in their 7’s skills which put Loughborough under pressure; strong tackles from Aimee Porter and Isobel Mayhew. In the pool stage, Loughborough played one less game than Worthing which showed in the final stages of the game as Worthing started to tire. The opposition worked a series of impressive tries. In the final minutes of the game, Roberta showed her pace yet again scoring down the wing to set the final score as 27-12.

“The girls showed great spirit at Rosslyn Park, and it shows how far the girls have come when they are all absolutely devastated that they couldn’t beat eventual winners Loughborough College” said Mark Rugman Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Academy Manager. “The 2nd years really stepped up throughout the day, and it was so encouraging to see the journey they have been on whilst at the College”.

This was the 1st of 3 major competitions for the girls this year next up is the AoC National Championships on 20th-22nd April and AoC Women’s Cup on the 9th May.

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