There has been a change to the regular format of the netball fixtures and a more structured approach has been implemented to try and give netball in the district a much needed boost. Thus far the concept has taken off and pupils are having regular bi-weekly fixtures against a host of other schools. Participation rates for netball have also increased with attendance at the netball club being at an all time high, which is great to see.
Netball Club has continued on a Tuesday after school. It has been good to see Year 7 girls turning up each week. A special mention goes to Beth Foot and Molly Stemp in Year 10 who have been helping to run the sessions.
What an impressing start the Year 7 team have made so far, a dream team in the making. In their first tournament they won one, drew one, lost one, then their second tournament they won all three games. There are many talented girls in this squad whose performances shows a range of perceptual skills with accurate passing and movement around the court. A great start! The Year 7 netball team are: Niamh Brewer, Phoebe Wells, Sophie Molton, Hannah George, Shakira Butler, Francessca Towers, Mercedes Adams-Howse, Erica Courtney, Niah Stemp and Hannah Spillett.
At present the team are undefeated winning all their games so far. Their performances show a wealth of skills and tactics. Ruby Scott is the star player with her outstanding shooting. This is a team to watch who gel well together. The Year 8 Netball team are: Ruby Scott, Tily Kirby, Emmie Walsh, Olivia Pickard, Katherine Stonor, Emily Wanstall, Alisha Turner, Ellie Timms, Izzy Wiggins and Kia Drake.
Year 9 and 10
The Year 9 and 10 netball teams have both been in action this term. Both teams have had fixtures against Barton Court, St. Anselms, QE, and Canterbury High. The improvement in both squads has been great to see and even in the face of defeat both teams are still keen to participate. The Year 9 team got off to a great start with a narrow victory over St. Anselms. Team captain Saffron Elysee was instrumental to this victory with her precision passes which cut through the St. Anselms defence. The Year 10s, not to be out done by their younger counterparts had a fantastic opening game also against St. Anselms and secured victory only in the final play of the game, with the clock running down the girls combined some slick passing and precision to get around the St. Anselms defence to score the winning goal. Sofia Madden and Hannah Edwards combined well in the shooting spots while Beth Foot added some great link up play from the Centre position. The season continues but the Abbey girls have got off to a great start.