This Saturday saw Worthing College compete at the Sussex round of National Schools at Falmer, held earlier this year after the freezing temperatures and snow last November. A squad of ten girls, Yasmin Payne, Charlotte Lloyd, Lauren Rippon, Kira Walters, Lucy Hawkins, Chyna Nyang, Ruth Wenyeve, Chloe York, Emily Erskine, Philippa Kennedy and Cally Hunter enjoyed an excellent day’s netball and were a credit to both me and the College.

At the start of the day, I told the girls a top four finish was the aim. The first game was against Bhasvic and the girls had warmed up well taking a storming lead in the first six mins going 9-1 up in the first half. A slight drop in concentration followed allowing Bhasvic to score 5 goals but the game ended with an easy 11-6 win. Next up was a private College, Claremont, who I knew nothing about. Again Yasmin’s shooting was outstanding and that coupled with a good defence we won the game quite easily 9-5. Next up was St Bedes, a private School with awesome indoor facilities. We tore them apart with an easy 9-2 victory. Roedean were the next oppenents, and this was a game that started poorly for us, it was all square at half time 3-3, then, after a few words(a minute after half time is not long for a coach!!) we just took the game away scoring 10 goals in 6 mins winning 13-3. Next up was Hurst and this game was a massive disappointment, not because we lost but because we were beaten before we even got on court because of their name. NEVER AGAIN GIRLS. Following them were Brighton College, strong words were delivered as this was a game we needed to win. A much better performance all round from everyone and the game went goal for goal until the last two mins when Brighton took a two goal lead, game lost 10-8. Next up was Collyers and despite the disappointment of losing to Brighton, the girls bounced back very well, easily beating Collyers 11-3, Ardingly College were brushed aside with a 12-5 win and then a final win of 13-6 against Seaford College.

It was a day where the girls from Durrington High School supported the College girls and vice versa in every game which was great to see. Sadly Durrington lost in the semi final too, but put up a tremendous fight all day despite not having two of their best players available.

Hopefully they will all be at Worthing College next year when we will try to put an end to the domination of Hurst and Brighton College in the u19 age group.

Girls, you were all a pleasure to be with and played to the best of your ability and beyond. A special thank you to Maddie Wand who came along to score for us and support.

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