14 Teams, 2 Days, 7 Champion Winning Teams!
After 7 months of competition in the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup – there were only 14 teams left in the competition and they travelled to Cheshire on the 26th/27th March 2019. They were treated to a brand new Sports Centre – which had only opened the day before Finals.
The Grange School, Northwich did everyone proud – what a fantastic venue! All of the staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the brand new Sports Hall was ready for the Sisters n Sport National Cup Finals and were on hand throughout both days of competition – supporting Sisters n Sport and all of the teams – they ensured a fantastic event too place.
The Sports Hall had a great viewing gallery for spectators, but we knew not all parents and supporters would be able to travel and so Sisters n Sport ensured that everyone could keep up to date via our realtime Twitter Commentary and updates as well as having the opportunity to watch the games live via our Facebook page.
The first day of finals saw the U15, U16 and Senior finals – and we had a real treat in store!
U15 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
Solihull School (Midlands) v St Swithun’s (South West)
U15 SnS National Champions – Solihull School
MVP – Izzy Gardner – Solihull School
Our opening match of the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Finals and it didn’t disappoint! Both teams were off to a great start, a few nerves on court but we were goal for goal in the first quarter – both teams showing strong defence and great shooting stats. End of the first quarter and only two goals separated the teams. This continued in the second quarter with end of end action. Both teams holding strong and taking their opportunites – end of the half and still only two goals in it – 20-18 to Solihull School.
The third quarter was the turning point – Solihull School came out firing and St Swithun’s were not able to respond – end of the third quarter and Solihull School had strengthened their lead to 10 goals – putting them in the driving seat for the final quarter. The last 15 were a close encounter like the first half – St Swithun’s responded well but just conuld not break into the lead Solihull had developed in the third quatter – only one goal separated them in that final quarter but the the third quarter had been vital and Solihull School were crowned Champtions – winning 42-31.
Great performances from all players, with GA Izzy Gardner from Solihull School being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.
U16 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Loughborough High School v Godolphin & Latymer
U16 SnS National Champions – Godolphin & Latymer School
MVP – Jessica Mayer – Godolphin & Latymer School
These teams had faced each other once before this season with Loughborough High School being the winners that day and so we knew this was going to be a close and well fought final. Loughborough HS proved to be very fast out of the blocks – taking early leads in each quarter. The first quarters they took a 3 goals lead but in the final moments – Godolphin & Latymer School made a comeback to bring the score to 12-11 Loughborough HS lead. Again Loughborough hit t he ground running in the 2nd quarter taking a 5 goal lead – with some super shooting and patient court play – before G&L took some important turnovers pulling the score back to 22-21 to Loughborough a t the end of the half – this was a nail biting half and the second half did not have any less excitement.
Loughborough HS took the lead again, but an injury in the third moved the C from G&L to WD and the turnovers kept coming. G&L ended the quarter up b2 (34-36). There was everything to play for in the final quarter and there was a nervous start from both teams – but the shooters were still putting the goals away. It looked like Loughborough would take the win leading with a few minutes to play – but then came the G&L surge! With 25 seconds to go it was a G&L centre at 48-48 – no pressure for their shooters – taking the lead with 15 seconds to go and a Loughborough HS centre. LHS got the ball to their GS but it didn’t drop and G&L were the champions! What a final!!!
Strong performances from all players, with WD Jessica Mayer from Godolphin & Latymer School being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.
Seniors Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Bromsgrove School v Royal Russell School
Seniors SnS National Champions – Bromsgrove School
MVP – Ellie Preese – Bromsgrove School
The Seniors final was all set to be a showstopper from when the two coaches of supporters arrived – we have horns, banners and singing for both teams – the atmosphere was electric! Royal Russell were the first to strike with speed on the attack and accurate shooting. Bromsgrove were struggling to get past a very strong defensive unit. At the end of the first quarter RR had taken a 5 goal lead – 13-8. Bromsgrove made some changes in the shooting circle and centre court – they came out firing and took control of the game. Royal Russell finished the half with a narrow one goal lead – 21-20.
The third quarter began and the crowd were bouncing! They were lifting their players and spurring them on. Bromsgrove began strong again – but every ball was fought for and there was no let up from either team. The quarter was going goal for goal and then Bromsgrove gained the momentum and took a 7 goal lead at the end of the third. Royal Russell began a strong fight back in the final quarter winning the quarter but Bromsgrove held on enough to take the win and become champions – 41-38.
Great performances from all players, with WD Ellie Preese from Bromsgrove being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.
U11 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
The Grange School v Putney High School
U11 SnS National Champions – The Grange School
MVP – Ivana Igoe – The Grange School
First up we had The Grange School, Northwich facing Putney High School. Both teams were so excited for the final as it was the first time they had competed in a National Cup competition. The match started and went goal for goal for the full first ten minutes – there were flying interceptions and the shooters were shooting long bombs – fantastic netball from just young players! At the end of the first quarter nothing could separate the teams – 6-6. The Grange turned up their defensive game in the second quarter – their full court defence managed to create lots of turnovers and Putney struggled to get the ball the their shooters. The Grange created a 5 goal lead to take into the second half.
A close third quarter followed with great attacking moves from both teams. Only one goal separated the teams in this quarter but the lead from the first half put The Grange in the driving seat for the final quarter. Putney came out strong and started putting the goals on the board – The Grange had to work hard to score off their centre passes and the nerves were starting to show a little. In the end there was not enough time for a Putney comeback but the girls fought until the very end – with The Grange taking the win and becoming U11 Sisters n Sport National Cup Champions 24-21.
Huge performances from such young players, with GD Ivana Igoe from The Grange being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.
U12 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
Cheadle Hulme School v Redmaids’ High School
U12 SnS National Champions – Cheadle Hulme School
MVP – Tiger Barlow –Cheadle Hulme School
For the second final of the day we had North v South West. The Cheadle Hulme School had brought a coach load of pupils and so they were well supported for their final – banners and flags filled the sports hall. Cheadle Hulme were strong from the offset – straight to goal from their centre pass and the shooters doing their job to put the goals on the board. Redmaids fought for each ball and were strong on their own centre pass but a few turnovers from Cheadle Hulme School put them 13-4 up at the end of the first quarter. Cheadle Hulme did not slow down in the second quarter – fast movement and relentless defence. Redmaids contested each ball – but Cheadle Hulme were too strong and they extended their lead to 29-7.
In the third quarter Cheadle Hulme kept the momentum, scoring quickly from their centre passes and successful in turnover ball. The shooters rewarded the defences efforts with high shooting percentages, making it diffcult for Redmaids defence to turn ball over or capitalise on rebound opportunities. Redmaids had some impressive moments and intercepts but they could not convert and Cheadle Hulme pushed on with the quarter ending 41-8.
Redmaids continued to work hard in the final quarter and had some lovely passages of play through court but found it hard to get the ball to their shooters due to the Cheadle Hulme GK applying a lot of pressure from the back. Cheadle Hulme were outstanding from start to finish but the score did not reflect how well Redmaids performed throughout the game. The game ended Cheadle Hulme 55 – Redmaids 10.
Strong attacking and defensive performances from both teams with GS Tiger Barlow from Cheadle Hulme School being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.
U13 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Cheadle Hulme School v Berkhamsted School
U13 SnS National Champions – Cheadle Hulme School
MVP – Maisie Chrimes – Cheadle Hulme School
For the third final of the day we had Cheadle Hulme going for the double – the crowd still cheering! This time they were up against the South East Regional Champions – Berkhamsted School. Both teams didn’t blink in the first quarter – goal for goal for the full 12 mins with Berkhamsted taking a slim lead of one goal at the end of the quarter. Following their team talk Cheadle Hulme scored 4 goals from the whistle and took the lead, their court play was relentless for the quarter and Berkhamsted took time to settle and respond. At the end of the half and Cheadle Hulme had a lead of 9 – 24-15.
The third quarter was much closer – both teams contesting for every ball, shots defended fiercely and any rebounds hotly contested. The quarter score was 7-5 to Cheadle Hulme which meant they had extended their lead to 11 with 12 mins left to play – 31-20. The final quarter continued to be a well fought contest bur Cheadle Hulme’s lead was too much for Berkhamsted to break down and Cheadle Hulme were crowned Champions with a 39-25 win.
Great performance from all players on court, with GA Maisie Chrimes from Cheadle Hulme School being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.
U14 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Wirral Grammar School for Girls v Berkhamsted School
U14 SnS National Champions – Wirral Grammar School for Girls
MVP – Lucy Clayton – Wirral Grammar School for Girls
The final match of the Sisters n Sport National Cup Finals and it was North v South East again. Berkhamsted fielded their second team of the finals and they would face the Northern Regional Champions – Wirral Grammar School for Girls. Would Wirral Grammar for Girls make it a clean sweep for the Northern teams or would Berkhamsted put a win on the board for the South East?
A close start for both teams – goal for goal – both teams shooting well and taking the ball to goal. Wirral took the first break and then gained a flow making the most of their momentum – with left the score at 17-8 at the end of the first quarter. Wirral Grammar continued to dominate in the second quarter but Berkhamsted stayed strong on their own centre passes and put pressure on them throughout the quarter. Strong performances in defence for Wirral Grammar helped to increase their lead.
The third quarter was tightly contested – lots of turnovers and increased defensive pressure meant this was a close and low scoring quarter – both circle defence made it difficult to get the ball to the shooters. With just 12 mins to play – each ball was contested and nothing was given away. Wirral Grammar for Girls were in the driving seat and they were on track for the win – continued turnovers from the circle defence and flowing court play to the accurate shooters ensured the win – 50-28.
Great team performances from both teams, with GK Lucy Clayton from Wirral Grammar School for Girls being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.
Thank you so much!
The aim of the Sisters n Sport Netball National was to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against – to experience travelling as a team and creating netball memories.
Thanks to the support of all the schools entering this years competition has exceeded all of our expectations and we are excited to be working with inspiresport to make next year’s Cup even bigger.