AKS Year 7 Netballers enjoyed a successful afternoon as they participated in the Fylde & Wyre U12 Netball Tournament along with 10 schools from the Fylde Coast with the B team collecting runners-up medals and the A team finishing 3rd.
The B team started the tournament superbly with an impressive 8 – 0 win against Fleetwood with excellent controlled netball and superb shooting from Charlotte C and Katie S. In our second game we recorded another 8 – 0 win against Cardinal Allen with all the team spreading out well on the court , dodging and passing accurately to create many scoring opportunities which were duly converted and great defending from Caitlin C, Maisie R and Sophie W preventing Cardinal Allen getting on the scoresheet. The third game saw us against Carr Hill and again we dominated possession with everyone contributing to a 10 – 2 victory. With four wins we knew another victory in our last game would see us top of our group and we started well against Lytham and went into an early lead. Again good defending at one end and shooting at the other linked well be Sophie Finney in centre court saw us edge ahead to a 6 – 1 win and by remaining undefeated we topped our group and a place in the semi-final.
In the semi-final we faced Baines School and it was a close game. With a place in the final at stake both teams were nervous and played rather scrappy netball giving possession away frequently. We scored first but Baines soon drew level. Good defending from Maisie R and Sophie W again made it difficult for the Baines shooters to get any scoring opportunities and with some good passing netball we took a slender 2 – 1 lead into the half time break. The second half saw both teams play rather panic netball giving the ball away but we started to enjoy more possession and we edged further ahead to win 3 – 1 a place in the final.
In the final we faced a fast and skilful Hodgson side who went into an early lead. We worked hard to stay with players and make it difficult for Hodgson to move the ball down the court and we enjoyed some possession of our own but all too often our final pass was inaccurate. At half time Hodgson were 3 – 0 ahead but after the break we scored first to make it 1 – 3. Hodgson then improved their passing accuracy and we struggled to gain possession and at the final whistle the score was 1 – 6 and we had to settle for runners-up medals and Hodgson we crowned champions. ‘Player of the Tournament ‘ accolade was given to Charlotte C for her excellent shooting throughout the tournament.
The A team made an excellent start to their campaign with a 5 – 0 win against Fleetwood thanks to excellent play from all the team. The second game was against Garstang saw us go behind early on but we soon started to pass the ball more effectively and with Charlotte T and Eleanor C shooting well we came out 8 – 1 winners. The third game saw the team up against Millfield and with everyone dodging and marking well it was another 5 – 0 victory. The final game of our group was against a very skilful and well drilled Lytham side. The fast passing and movement from the Lytham team put us under pressure and they went into an early lead. Their excellent defending made it difficult for us to get free and keep possession and despite enjoying a lot of possession at the final whistle the score was 0 – 3 but with three wins we progressed into the semi-final as group runners-up.
The semi-final saw us against Hodgson High who started the quicker and their accurate shooters took them into an early lead. We gradually enjoyed some possession of our own and got onto the scoresheet but at times we lacked composure and all too often the final pass was intercepted and we struggled to gain any rhythm to our play and went into the halftime break just behind. After the break Hodgson continued to play controlled accurate netball and despite our best efforts we could not match their scoring and the final score was 1 – 6 and we had to settle for 3rd spot.