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Netball fever has struck with three Grove teams taking the country by storm, making their mark in National and Regional competitions – and creating school history in the process.
On Saturday 17th March, the Woodhouse Grove U16s competed in the England Schools National Finals. To get this far was an achievement in itself, with the girls having competed in a number of regional heats to win their place. Despite the driving snow and temperatures as low as -8°C, the girls stormed through to the semi-finals, winning their first 5 games straight. The U16s finished the competition as the 4th best school in the country – a fantastic achievement and a new netball high in Woodhouse Grove history.
Inspired and determined, the Woodhouse Grove U13s came runners-up in the Independent Schools National Netball Cup Plate competition on Tuesday 20th March. The nail-biting final saw The Grove take on Berkhamsted School with Woodhouse Grove leading 14-11, with just 3 minutes remaining. The final score of 21-17 to Berkhamsted demonstrates the intensity and quality of play in the final quarter.
Last, but certainly not least, the U11s from Brontë House, emerged victorious on Friday 9th March, coming out on top at the North of England Invitational at Newcastle Girls’ High School. They then went on to win the runners-up trophy at the HMC netball tournament on Monday 19th March.
Georgie Thompson, Head of Netball said:
At Woodhouse Grove, we have always had a proud sporting heritage – but the progress of our netballers over the past few years has been exceptional. If netball is your sport, Woodhouse Grove is certainly the place to come! We are tremendously proud of the well-deserved success of our winning teams but I am equally delighted to see girls of all abilities enjoying the sport across every year group – and enjoying the opportunities the sport offers. Our seniors are just about to go on netball tour to New York and the Caribbean – it doesn’t get better than that!
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