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National under 13 Girls Handball - Penny & Bobbie's Student Report

posted 21 Jun 2016, 02:20 by   [ updated 21 Jun 2016, 07:35 ]
U13 Handball

On Sunday June 11, the Year 8 girls (Penny, Bobbie, Holly C, Holly M, Mollie S, Molly H, Sindy, Rachel and Jess) went to Worcester to compete in the National Handball Finals after our success in the London Youth Games. We left school by 06:30. It was a long drive and we were all really excited. When we eventually arrived, we warmed up and prepared ourselves as we were playing the first match. We drew 2-2 with a great penalty taken by Bobbie. Unfortunately, we lost the next match 2-1 but we still felt confident within ourselves. In our third match we came back fighting and luckily won 2-1 with great teamwork from everybody and amazing goals by Penny and Holly C. Then we won 3-2 with Sindy scoring a great penalty. We knew we had to do well in the next match to qualify for the finals and came out with a draw of 3-3. 

We were sat at the side lines waiting to hear our result and found out that we had came 2nd and were through to the finals however we know it was tough and had to work as a team. We were all extremely nervous but at the same time really excited. The time had come for us to take our places to walk onto the court. We were escorted onto the court by the referees with music and cheering. We then walked out into our group huddles to have a chat about our tactics. The whistle blew for us to get into position and luckily we started with the ball. We were all fighting hard but unfortunately they played a different defence tactic which led us to be very confused and loose our focus and came out with a loss of 4-0. We were all very disappointed after our loss but we had done the best that we could and we were all pleased with that. Everyone was pleased as it meant that we were the 2nd best U13 girl’s team in the country. They then presented us with our silver medals. On our way back Mrs Pressney and Mr Wiltshire stopped at McDonalds as a hard work present.

Well done to our players of the tournament, Holly C the players' player, Holly M, Mollie S and SIndy. Well played to everyone and thank you for all of your dedication over the past 10 months. Special thanks to our amazing goalkeeper Mollie Salter who we wouldn’t have got this far without and well done for saving one with your neck! Great play by everyone!