Today we took our netball team to Pitshanger Park to play in the Featherstone competition. Last year we finished as runners up and were dealt a tough group along with last years winners St Anselms, who we also had to face in our opening game. A slow start saw us 2 behind before growing in confidence and getting one back. A close 2-1 it ended. Next up was Havelock. Another tough match saw us win 2-1. After that we got our second victory against Berrymead B 1-0. We had given ourselves a great chance of progressing as we went into the second round of fixtures. St Anselms again got the better of us despite us probably playing our best netball yet, a 2-0 loss. Havelock also got the better of us this time beating us 1-0 so we went into our final match needing a win to progress. We played some great netball and were deserved 2-0 winners.
So after a quick lunch break we were told that we had progressed as runners up and would face another tough group in Mount Carmel, Berrymead A and Clifton. First up was Clifton where we had a storming match, the highlight being Amy’s hatrick of goals, we won 6-1. Confidence really high we went into the next game against a very strong Mount Carmel team. Unfortunately we could not convert our chances and lost 2-0. This meant any hopes of the final were gone but if we could beat Berrymead A we would still have a chance to play for a medal in the 3rd 4th play off.
So all to play for and it was a very tough game, however because of our better goal difference a draw would of actually seen us through. All the pressure was lifted though when Sophie scored and we won 1-0!
So for the third time in one day we had to play St Anselms, surely third time lucky. We started the game amazingly well storming into a two goal lead only to be punished by some great play from them to get it back to 2-2. We then went down and Shannon scored a great goal to make it 3-2. Surely we had them, but as we were starting to tire, they seemed to get stronger and scored again to make it 3-3. Chances for both teams went by without goals until right at the end they got one and took the lead, 4-3 to St Anselms.
An unbelievable way to end a great day of Netball. The team was amazing and can be very proud of what they achieved.
Today the Fielding Netball team went to The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls to compete in the Ealing and Southall area finals. Just 4 teams qualified for the event with the winning team being given the additional honour of representing the whole region at a bigger competition in the Spring term. We played some very good netball last week so arrived with high hopes, but then again, so did the other 3 teams competing today.
Our first game was against St. Anselms. We found this to be an extremely hard game and found ourselves on the back foot straight away. After going 1-0 and then 2-0 down we, showed great resilience to keep fighting and try to get back into the game but sadly it didn't happen. Even though the team kept working to try to get something out of the game until the very end, we ended up with a 6-0 defeat.
Knowing the quality of the opposition now, the team seemed a bit nervous going into the second game against St. Vincent's Unfortunately the nerves showed and we soon found ourselves behind again. After another very tough 8 minutes the whistle blew and we had lost again.
After 2 losses, it was now clear that we weren't going to be winning the tournament but we really didn't want to be going home with 3 losses out of 3 so we did our best to get something out of our final game against Hobbayne. The team were determined in this last game and showed great character to still try to play some good netball after 2 bad defeats. Our perseverance paid off though as we turned it around in the final game to win 1-0.
The netball team did an amazing job to get to the area finals today and after competing against the other 3 best teams in the area we found ourselves 3rd and able to say that out of all of the schools in Ealing and Southall we are the 3rd best school at High 5 Netball. Not bad guys! You deserve a huge well done and should be extremely proud!
Yesterday Fielding entered 2 teams into a High 5 Netball tournament. Both teams did great, but out A team finished the day as tournament runners up and silver medalists.
The Fielding B team had a fairly tough draw in the group stages with Clifton A, Little Ealing A, Featherstone A and Havelock B all standing in the way of progression. The first game of the day was against Clifton A, a game which started very well for us. Our all girl B team played some great netball and were finishing moves with goals. At the end of game one, Fielding had won 4-1. Great start girls. Second up was Havelock B which proved to be tougher than we were possibly expecting. After a very tight 8 minutes, the game finished deadlocked at 0-0. Next up was the Featherstone A team. The girls regrouped well as they got into their third rotation and ended the game as 3-0 winners. That left us with our final game of the group against the team we expected would be our toughest opponents, Little Ealing A. Unfortunately we were proven correct as we lost our only game of the group 5-0, which had a big impact on our goal difference. So after all of the results were in, even though we had only lost 1 game, we hadn't done enough to get through the group stage. Chins up though girls because you played some excellent netball.
The Fielding A team were also drawn in a difficult group against Havelock A, Dormer Wells A, Drayton Green A and Clifton B. The A's first game was against Havelock, a game which we won 1-0 to start the group off with a hard fought win. In our second game against Dormers Wells we couldn't keep the momentum going as we found it hard to break through a solid defence, leading to a 0-0 draw. The A team were determined to get back on track in the third fixture against Drayton Green and did just that as the won very convincingly 5 goals to nil. Our final game of the group was up against Clifton B team and after scoring 5 in the last game, confidence was high. Our last game went very well as we again failed to concede a goal while scoring 3 of our own in the process to end with a 3-0 win. After a string of very disciplined performances in the group, the A team had made it through to the semi finals where they were drawn against Little Ealing A. We already knew Little Ealing A were a very good team after watching them beat our B team 5-0, but we were also excited to get the opportunity to avenge that defeat. As expected we had another very tough game here which didn't start well as we found ourselves 1-0 in the early stages of the game. However, we showed great resilience to keep fighting and ended up as 2-1 winners and earned ourselves a place in the final against St. Anselm's. We were already guaranteed silver medals but we wanted the golds. The team worked extremely hard in the final but so did St. Anselm's and after a hard fought game we had lost 3-0. We are still very proud of our achievements though and are now looking forward to this Friday's area finals where will compete for a place in the London School Games.
A huge well done goes to both teams for their fantastic efforts!
The Fielding girls netball team attended a friendly high 5 netball tournament today in preparation for the start of the competitive tournament in November. The tournament was a mixed tournament for both boys and girls but as our girls have worked so hard at netball club we decided to bring an all girls team.
We started the day with a tough game against Little Ealing which we ended up losing 2-1. The next game was also a hard game which was eventually won 1-0 against Mount Carmel. The girls have been playing some brilliant rugby at club and so knew they could improve. Next up was St. Anselms who had a very good team. They were too strong for us in this game and ended up beating us 4-1. Mount Carmel's second team were up next and they played a great game against us which resulted in a 2-0 loss for Fielding. We then had 2 games against Berrymede. The first game we drew 1-1, the second game we lost 1-0. The level of play at the competition was very good and we were really having to try our hardest to grind out results where we could. Featherstone were our next opponents in a game where neither team scored resulting in a 0-0 draw. Following that game we beat Mayfield 1-0 before recording our best score against Little Ealing B's, a 3-0 win.
Overall we played 9 games and recorded 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. There were lots of lessons learned in this friendly tournament and Mr Winn and the girls are now confident of being able to improve on that record on the first day of competition in November.
It was Year 4 and 5 girls netball today and we traveled to Perivale Sports Ground to a High 5 tournament being hosted by St. Benedict's. High 5 is a style of netball which is 5v5 and allows players to rotate positions so that everybody plays every position and takes a turn as a sub. The rules and positioning in High 5 is very strict, which due to some confusion about the tournament rules on our part we were slightly unprepared for. We took a squad of 7 girls with us, including Maddie, Alex, Heather and Hannah from Year 5, as well as Alicia, Ella and Amy from Year 4.
After a brief recap of the rules we were up first against tournament hosts St. Benedict's, which unfortunately we lost 4-0. The girls deserve huge credit for working extremely hard to adapt to High 5 rules which they had not played before though and should be proud with their efforts! In our second game we played against Mount Carmel and through some great defensive work managed to play out a 0-0 draw, with Amy and Hannah putting in 100% for the entire game. Our next 2 games against Christ the Saviour and St. Gregory's were very tough and saw us lose both games without scoring. Mr Winn was very impressed with the attitude of the girls even after some very tough losses and commented specifically on Maddie who remained positive throughout. Our final 2 games were against Little Ealing and St. Mary's which unfortunately saw us lose twice more. We did however finish the day with 8 points on the board, as well as a memorable lesson about High 5 netball! Next year I am certain we will be more prepared and come back stronger.
At the end of the tournament each team was asked to nominate a player to who deserved special recognition for their work at the tournament. Fielding decided to put this down to a player vote and after everyone's vote was in Heather emerged as the player most deserving with teammates mentioning that she was 'supportive, positive and helpful' throughout the afternoon.
Well done Fielding Netball. We are very proud of the great attitudes you have shown us all today!