U13 Ardvreck Netball Tournament
Wednesday 13th March 2019
The squad: Libby B, Hannah C, Mhairi B, Eliza M, Molly S (c), Amelie G & Rosie P.
Today’s tournament at Ardvreck was well attended with all the usual suspects present. Our pool saw us with Cargilfield, Fettes and Craigclowan, some of the toughest competition on the circuit this season. The two teams at the top of the pool after the group stages would qualify for the semi finals.
Fettes were up first and as expected they were tall and strong. However, we were too and matched them step for step. Hannah and Libby were both very accurate and we emerged 5 – 3 victors; a great start!
In our next match Cargilfield played very well and although we scored first, their work off the ball won them more possession than we could afford and they deservedly edged and stayed ahead. Molly, Eliza and Mhairi found the going tough but did well with possession and won some fantastic interceptions. Rosie and Amelie were also busy and had a tough job in keeping the GS and GA at bay. A disappointing loss but everything was still to play for.
St. Mary’s 3, Cargilfield 8
The Craigclowan game, our next match was crucial; we had to win and by as many goals as possible. The girls quickly found their composure and range and played some lovely netball. Craigclowan mounted a comeback in the opening minutes of the second half, but we then reasserted ourselves and finished as strongly as we’d started. St. Mary’s 9, Craigclowan 3
With all pool matches played, Fettes, Cargilfield and St. Mary’s had all finished on 6 points so to decide positions in the pool, it went down to goals scored. Fettes had scored 15, but Cargilfield and St. Mary’s had both scored 17. That meant we both topped the pool but as Cargilfield had beaten us in our game, they ended up winning the pool; one more goal would have seen us top the pool; fine margins!
Therefore, we were paired with Belhaven, winners of the other pool, in the semi final. This was another close game and one that could have gone either way. We were a little careless with possession but defended well. Belhaven took a 3- 1 lead and with 30 seconds remaining, Hannah scored another, making the final score 2 - 3. I shouted to the girls they had 30 seconds left and as the clock wound down, we worked the ball to the circle, shot, got the rebound but were beaten to a second shot by the whistle. Having already beaten Belhaven this season, the girls were disappointed not to have got the better of them again, but that’s tournament sport for you!
We managed a quick game with Riley while we waited for the St. Mary’s U11s to take to the court for the U11 final and we managed to beat them 4 – 1. It was good to get the girls more court time following the mammoth journey and they enjoyed this game too.
Thank you to Ardvreck for hosting and well done to the girls for throwing their heart and souls into the day. Next week we swap netballs for hockey sticks and welcome St. George’s to Tweedbank for a 1600 start.
Marnie Harvey, 14/03/2019