The U14 Netball team secured confident wins against Chipping Campden (7-3), Chosen Hill (8-3), St Peters (9-4) and Farmors (7-4) to top their group unbeaten at the County round of the National Schools Tournament.
Facing Stroud High School in the quarter finals was always going to be a well contested game. Playing in hailstones and thunder and lightning the girls stayed focused and determined not to let this effect their play. They took scoring opportunities to win 8-6 seeing them through to the semi-finals against Cheltenham Ladies College. Due to the poor weather conditions play continued indoors. Cheltenham Ladies College had the home advantage and plenty of support on the side-lines, but did not once phase this Wycliffe squad. Going 3-0 down in the first few minutes of the game was tough to come back from but the defence turned over the ball superbly to regain possession and to give the shooters chance to fight back.
Still 1 goal behind at half time the team knew they had everything to play for, refocusing, they turned over the first centre pass and converted their shooting chance to get back on a level playing field. From there on in the match was high intensity and very intense but the girls mental toughness and resilience shone through, keeping possession of the ball once the lead was gained the final whistle couldn’t come soon enough. A brilliant Wycliffe win 6-5 and through to the final and guaranteed progression to the Regional finals.
The final against Pates was another end to end game of Netball, Play was very evenly contested and going with the centre pass. Both teams made very few errors resulting in a real nail biter. With only 3 minutes to go Wycliffe were in the lead 5-4. Then, injury struck, taking out Olivia Lundie at GS who had been so consistent and strong all day. The team rallied round and fought until the final whistle but unfortunately Pates took the winning goal in the dying seconds. The final score 5-6 to Pates.
Both finalists are now through to the regional play offs in Bournemouth on January the 26th.
Well done to the whole squad, a very versatile and confident performance showing real potential.