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Netball vs Stopsley and Denbigh


As the year is drawing to a close, and we begin to say goodbye to our Year 6 superstar Netballers, Mr Horton is looking ahead to seek out the future stars of our team. This has involved taking the children to Stopsley and Denbigh to take part in football and netball matches.

Stopsley – The girls first faced off against a local rival of ours in Stopsley, the home of former St Matt’s star Mr Dymock. The Owls started very strong with some good play from Hana and Aysha working the ball up the court towards the hoop. Solid in defence as always Courage and Husna kept the Stopsley side away from our hoop, winning the ball back with some key interventions.

Player of the match Miriam scored an amazing three points to take control of the game. With Angella and Hana making their debuts for the Yr5 and 6 team they both performed well and learnt a lot from the encounter.

Chioma, with her height and strength, constantly won the ball back for our team and put us on the front foot creating more scoring opportunities.

Final score was 7-3 to the Owls.

Words from Mr Horton after the game:

“The performance was more pleasing than the final score as they all put in 100% effort and had fun at the same time too.”

Denbigh – The second match saw us take on rivals from across the park Denbigh.

The schools have clashed many times in strong matches in recent years. This game however was very different; the Owls were very strong and played some of their best netball to date winning the game 10-2.

The team played fantastically well, stuck to their opposing players like glue, and didn’t give the Denbigh girls much of a chance. The girls had taken on all the advice from the previous game and stepped up showing off their skills. The team played remarkably well all with a smile on their face too. The Denbigh coach at the end of the game said that our players were amazing, and they truly were.

The team consisted of Amie, Aysha, Chioma, Lidia, Miriam, Ulani, Zahra.

Girls Netball: Denbigh 4 St Matthew’s 2

This season we were lucky enough to enter two teams into the Luton Schools Netball League meaning even more girls get a chance to represent the Owls. This group of girls’ first game was against our friends from across Wardown Park, Denbigh Primary School. The game was very competitive with Denbigh coming out on top with a 4-2 victory.

The game started very well for the Owls scoring two points in the opening six minutes. The points were scored by Maria after some key passes from Daisy & Donna-Karen. Denbigh soon fought back scoring three points in the next two quarters, taking a lead of 3-2 into the final quarter.

The Owls were playing very well and learning so much about the game of netball, Khadija, Karina & Joana made some great blocks and passed the ball up the court well. Amelia & Milly were playing their first game and did very well. Thr whole team competed against a strong Denbigh side, showing great effort and attitude throughout.

Interviews after the game from Daisy, Maria & Joana:

“We had good fun, and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“We did very well at marking and interception but could have been better at shooting and getting the rebound.”

The Owls Team: Amelia, Daisy, Donna-Karen, Joana, Karina, Khadija, Maria, Milly

Girls Netball: Bushmead 2 St Matthew’s 9

On the March 5th, the girls netball team travelled to Bushmead for their first Division 1 match of the season.  After winning all their previous grading games, the team have earned a place in the top division competing against the best schools in Luton.

The Owls started very strongly with some quality passing and moving from Sienna & Tylah-Marie which led to three goals scored in the first quarter. There was some great play at centre from Asmaa who helped out in both defence and attack.

Bushmead then came into the game in the second quarter with some strong play of their own, but St Matthew’s battled through with great interceptions and marking from Alicia & Aysha. The girls pushed on and kept the ball well with Courage scoring a point to take a 4-0 lead at half-time.

The third quarter started well for the Owls with an early point set up by Natalia, who was running the show at centre. She played in Aysha for her first goal this year.  Alicia also chipped in with a point after a number of chances created by the Owls making the score 6-0 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth and final quarter was a very interesting one with five points split across the two teams, three going to St Matthew’s and two to Bushmead. With some quick strong passing from the girls, and some tight marking in defence the Owls were performing very well.

After the game Mr Horton said “The girls did amazingly well considering it was their first game for over four months. I know they can do so much better and we will continue to work hard over the coming weeks to be the best we can be.”

Player of the Match Sienna and team-mate Natalia said “They had some strong defenders and shooters which made it a good game, and we know what we can do to get better.”

The Owls Team: Alicia, Asmaa, Aysha, Courage, Natalia, Sienna, Tylah-Marie