Yesterday our U10 team took part in a Netball Versatility Tournament at Churchers College. Twelve schools took part, split into two groups. Bring versatility, all teams had to follow a set rotation throughout the afternoon, with all girls swapping positions after each game. This really was a test of fundamental skills with teams having to show great passing, movement, defending and shooting regardless of the combination on court. St Ives played incredibly well throughout the group stage, winning three, losing one and holding on for a draw in the last game. After a nervous wait, they progressed through to the Semi-Final where they dominated play. Unfortunately the goals would just not go in until the last few minutes, when Daisy scored the winning goal securing a place in the final. The final was bound to be tough having already played and lost to Amesbury; however, anything can happen with versatility and St Ives gave it their best. Although initially disappointed, St Ives girls finished 2nd overall and gradually realised what an incredible achievement this was.
To finish the afternoon, St Ives received their medals from Surrey Storm and England Roses' player Yasmin Parsons who had watched them play the final. Congratulations to the U10 team who all had to rise to a challenge at some point during the afternoon, whether that was playing an unfamiliar position or dealing with the nerves and inevitable pressure in the latter stages.
Many thanks go to all parents and grandparents who supported the team.