12 Oct 2018

City & County Netball Champions!

Our Y11 netball players have had an astounding week, winning both the Derby City and the Derbyshire County netball tournaments!

On Tuesday night we played in the City Tournament, the girls played 7 games against local schools, winning all of them convincingly and as a result becoming City Champions! Here is a match report from U5's Hannah:

"A City netball Tournament for U5 took place on Tuesday at Littleover. It was a round robin format and the team was Connie, Liv, Lucy, Issi B, Lydia, Katie M, Sophie J, Caitlin, Poppy and Hannah. We worked really cohesively as a team, and found some schools more challenging than others, but the Derby High persistence was always in evidence! We played Leesbrook first of all. They were challenging due to their assertiveness but we used tactics that we had learnt in practices to achieve a good win. Woodlands were next and they were well organised and strong in the mid court. Nevertheless our defence thwarted many of their scoring opportunities to give Derby High a big lead. Landau Forte and St Benedict’s both put up a fight in the next two matches but our centre court players and our shooters were on fire, leaving them very little opportunity to create openings. We finished with a match against Littleover who were tough competitors. At one stage there were only two goals separating us but we piled on the pressure with our well learned skills in all areas of the court and came out as the winners!! At the presentation we held the shield high and were extremely proud of ourselves."

On Wednesday evening we competed in the County Tournament.  Here is a match report from U5’s Poppy:

“The sun shone and Repton School basked in 22 degree heat as we travelled to the Derbyshire U16 County Netball competition on Wednesday.

Eleven schools were split into two groups for the initial round-robin stage. Derby High faced a couple of tough matches back-to-back, but we came out on top with some solid defending, fast and efficient mid-court passing and accuracy in the shooting circle.

With the first wins against Lady Manners School and hosts Repton under our belts and now fully into our stride, we comfortably and professionally took care of our final two group matches against QEGS and Chellaston.

Topping the group unbeaten meant we now faced the second-placed team from group two, Ockbrook, in the semi-finals.

It was a close match against a strong Ockbrook side, with some end-to-end play from both teams. We worked hard in all areas of the court and took the win securing not only our place in the final, but also a spot at regionals in January.

However, our work wasn’t done yet. We hadn’t lost a match all afternoon and were determined to take home the trophy. Repton had come through the other semi-final against Trent College and were eager to make up for their loss to us in the group stage. Derby High had other ideas. Relaxed and confident, we put in perhaps our best performance of the day taking the victory 10-4.

Our squad was: Katie M, Sophie J, Hope, Eliza, Connie, Olivia D, Issi B and Poppy and all players took to the court in every match.

Many thanks to Mrs Hancock for taking us, to our umpire, to Mrs Evans for scoring and all the parents who came to support us.”

12th October 2018