On Saturday the 6th of June, Hordle’s netballers had mixed emotions before leaving for High 5 netball tournament which they had been training very hard for. As you know, last year Alpha, Beta and Gamma had entered , Gamma coming away with bronze medals from the plate, Beta coming away unfortunately with nothing and Alpha coming home with silver from the championship, which then lead them to go into the counties. This year, we again took 3 teams Alpha, Beta and Gamma. When we arrived, Alpha were feeling both anxious and exited for the day ahead. After being warmed up by our captain, Katie , we were then ready to go on and play our first match against Ringwood A. During the match, Alpha played fantastically as a team and individually conceding no goals and scoring 18 in 12mins! This continued over there next 2 games, again conceding no goals and scoring 39 in total. This lifted our spirits which made us feel very confident going forward into the quarter-finals.
We then realised we were playing Blackfield… After many interceptions and great attacking and defending skills, Alpha managed to beat them 18-0! This then brought us to the semi finals against Orchid who beat us last year! We all felt a bit nervous but this didn’t dampen our spirits and we played our hearts out like we had never played before! After we had given ourselves an encouraging team talk with coach Phillips we knew we could do it! After pulling through as a team we managed to beat them 11-0 still not conceding a goal! We were bursting with exitment and pride and were ready for the final…
As we waited to here who we were playing in the final, we gave each other confidence boosts and practised for what lied ahead. Then, Coach Phillips came over and revealed that we were playing our Hordle team Beta. To know that both of our teams made it to the final was outstanding and we couldn’t have asked for more! After an intense game and a few injuries , Alpha had won by 7-1 but congratulated Beta on there amazing play and coming a fabulous second place!
We couldn’t have made it this far without coach brown and coach Phillips who have guided us through step by step and without them none of this would be possible. Thank you so much Coach P and Coach B for being there for the teams and leading us to victory and in our eyes you were the champions that day! It came to presentation time and this year we all left on a high note coming away with medals round our necks. Gamma came first in there pool this year coming away with gold medals and a shield, Beta came away with silver in the championships and Alpha coming away with Gold and a huge shield. This again meant that Alpha qualified for the counties and we cant wait!
Bring on Aldershot!