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 A very busy season saw plenty of fixtures played,
against some new, strong opposition which really pushed and challenged our netballers and ensured progression was made throughout all teams. We had 5 teams representing the school in Year 7, five teams in Year 8, four teams in Year 9 and two teams in each of Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. We are looking to play even tougher opposition next year to make sure that we keep building our skills and knowledge of the game. The most frustrating thing about this short season was the number of fixtures cancelled due to inclement weather. Fingers crossed for a better season weather-wise next year.
Years 7-10 participated in inter-form towards the end of the season. All games were played in good spirits and the girls really showcased the skills they had developed
The First team squad, captained by G Coates and A Porter, took to their first match of the season against a tough GSAL side. This was good preparation for the team and a good opportunity to try new combinations on court. The girls took a marginal lead in the first quarter and, even though in the third quarter they suffered a loss, they held onto the victory at the final whistle, winning
by 4 goals. Against Giggleswick they turned over the
play an impressive eight times in the first ten minutes
and converted many of them into goals. They took an early lead of 10–3 and continued with this excellent
play, winning convincingly, and this was without their usual goal attack. After half term the girls worked really hard as a unit. They played Ashville in a games afternoon and although a scrappier game due to players playing in different positions, due to absent players, their hard work still resulted in a strong win. Back to full strength they took an early lead when playing Woodhouse Grove and Bradford Grammar and, with excellent defending from Hymers, the opposition could not pull back the score line.
Their fast through court play and good back up on
court was proving too difficult for others to match. Unfortunately, due to extreme weather conditions, two further matches were cancelled. The girls met the only remaining tournament in this very short netball term with great excitement, for the hope of a win; as well as some sadness, as this would be the last time some of the girls would play school netball. The girls wanted to win and take home the trophy, but unfortunately narrowly missed out by one goal to Sedbergh in the semi-finals!
The Second team, captained by H Whitehead, were a pleasure to work with. The dedicated and motivated group of girls worked so hard in training alongside the First team and took on board all the coaching points
throughout the season. Winning forms were: Year 7C, Year 8B, Year 9C, Year 10A.
   Overall Mrs Fillingham has really enjoyed the season with a great bunch of girls, all of whom have shown good commitment and have been fun to work with.
Player of the season was A Porter and most improved player was V Horler.
Mrs J Fillingham
and advice given by Mrs Powell, applying what they had learned in the matches they played. The girls always arrived with a smile but ready to play hard. They got better and better throughout the season and this was

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