On Friday 22nd March, St Matthew’s took part in a Year 5 Netball competition between all the schools in Luton.
The event was hosted at Stopsley High School on a cold and windy morning. St Matthew’s were able to enter two teams into the event meaning that 14 of our girls got the opportunity to represent the school.
The standard of the competition was very high with some strong netball being played by all teams.
The Owls had a little head start as they have lots of opportunity to play netball during PE lessons and at break & lunch times.
It was a league format with the winning teams progressing through to a knockout stage. Both Owls teams won enough games to qualify for the knock-out stages. The teams were facing off against strong opposition in Stopsley and Ferrars in the quarter-final. One team comfortably brushed aside Ferrars, having played their best netball of the day, winning the game 5-1. The other side needed extra time and a penalty style shoot-out to settle it against Stopsley. Up stepped Lidia (Otter Class) to score the winning shot.
It was semi-final time and both teams were facing off against each other to see which Owls team would go all the way to the final. It was Team Horton vs Team Campbell.
Although the girls knew each other, they had to put friendships aside for this game as neither teacher wanted to lose. It was an incredibly close game which shows how amazing the girls in St Matthew’s are doing at the moment. Eventually the more experienced side consisting of some Year 6 team regulars came out on top, winning 6-3 to put them into the final.
Final time. The Owls were facing tough opposition in Sundon Park. Both teams had regulars in their Year 5 & 6 school teams so it was going to be a strong game of netball. Sundon Park has some very strong shooters who scored almost every chance they got, meaning they had the edge on the day. The Owls showed great character and attitude by not giving up until the final whistle, eventually losing the final 5-1.
Both teams did amazingly well, I am sure they all enjoyed it and I can say they all got so much better with their netball skills.
Team Campbell: Chioma, Miriam, Lidia, Amie, Maja, Franklina & Angella.
Team Horton: Aysha, Husna, Ulani, Faiza, Mabannah, Courage & Zahra
Very Proud PE Teachers Mr Horton & Mr Campbell