On Thursday 2 March, the U11 girls netball team headed to Felsted for their annual IAPS Tournament. After getting used to the windy condition and a thorough warm up, Culford came up against Dame Bradbury first.
The game was even throughout, with the ball going from end to end. However, Culford could not convert their shots, resulting in Dame Bradbury taking the lead.
The girls progressed as the day went on, showing a lot of potential for future years as a squad. The highlights of the day were their wins against Junior Kings and Forest Prep. The team gained vital experience and their future is looking bright.
Anya Lorriman-Hughes (L2)
Grace Baxter (U2)
Georgie Stammers (U2)
Olivia Whyte (U2)
Patience Leslie (U2)
Leah Fitton (U2)
Polly Cailes (U2)
Anoushka Fernandes-Cardy (U2)
Lulu Surti (U2)
Culford 0 v 3 Dame Bradbury
Culford 4 v 7 Granville
Culford 2 v 0 Junior Kings
Culford 0 v 0 Ipswich School
Culford 2 v 6 South Lee
Culford 1 v 4 Edge Grove
Culford 1 v 6 Brentwood
Culford 1 v 0 Forest Prep
The U12s have had a great season so far, only losing one match against Orwell Park in the build up to the IAPS Tournament.
The team have really tried to learn new tactics and work on their individual skills this season. They have endured extra training at lunchtimes and have given up their free time to practise and develop as a team.
The persistence they have put into their training, and the positive attitude they took to the tournament gave them the best opportunity to succeed. They all performed to the best of their ability and played some outstanding netball.
Their netball coach, Charlotte Olley, said, ‘’as a coach you can only hope that your team will play with courage, confidence, integrity and most of all, will enjoy what they are doing. Needless to say the U12 team ticked all of these boxes in the Tournament. They are a delightful team to coach as they are always so positive and have the desire to learn.’’
Although the girls did not win a match this year, the games were so close, they only narrowly missed many victories. They will be a team to watch next year and will hopefully be successful if they carry on performing in the manner they have throughout the season.
A special thank you should go to the amazing parents who came to watch; as supporters go, they were the best!
Madeleine Lorriman-Hughes (L3)
Lucy Sansom-Jamil (L3)
Georgia Ironmonger (L3)
Lyla Endean (L3)
Lily Ironmonger (L3)
Tallulah Lacey (L3)
Edlyn Rai (L3)
Mia Moore (L3)
Jessica Peters (L3)
On Friday 3 March, the U13 girls’ netball team headed to Felsted for their IAPS Tournament. The girls were organised and focused during their warm up, setting themselves up for the day ahead.
Their first game was scheduled against King’s College, who we recently played in a weekly fixture; unfortunately King’s College arrived late, meaning that the girls had a longer wait for their first match of the day against Bishop Stortford.
With the rain coming down, the girls continued to remain focused and ran through their set plays on the warm up courts. The time arrived for Culford to play their first match and it was definitely a highlight of the day. The girls played some perfect netball, the best they have played all term, and beat Bishop Stortford 13-2.
The day continued with the girls showing determination and putting into practise everything we have worked on this term. Their match against Framlingham College was a tough match and could have gone either way. However, the girls remained calm and worked the ball down the court successfully to finish the game 6-5 to Culford.
Approaching the last few games of the day, Culford were still in with a chance of progressing through to the play offs and semis. Their next game was against Belmont Mill Hill. Putting into play some of the defensive tactics we have worked on, Evie Hall (U3) and Emma Stow (U3) worked tirelessly to delay their GA getting into the circle. Unfortunately Belmont took the lead early and Culford made some errors in their passing resulting in them losing 7-11.
At the end of the day, as results got published on the screen, the team waited in anticipation to find out where they had come. Unfortunately for the girls they missed out on moving forward by 1 point. However, they should be proud of the way they played on the day and should be proud of how they conducted themselves as a squad.
Holly Reynolds (U3)
Alicia Hassan (U3)
Emma Arbuthnot (U3)
Molly-Anne Gimson (U3)
Evie Hall (U3)
Alice Wilson (U3)
Sophie Walker (U3)
Emma Stow (U3)
Emily Morton (U3)
Culford 13 v 2 Bishops Stortford
Culford 8 v 5 Junior Kings
Culford 2 v 6 Chigwell
Culford 6 v 5 Framlingham College
Culford 11 v 2 Old Buckingham hall
Culford 7 v 11 Belmont Mill Hill
Culford 6 v 3 Kings College