Old Girls Return for Netball Contest
On Saturday 26th April, Stamford High School hosted the first 1st and 2nd VII vs Old Girls Netball match. Having had a three week Easter break, the Stamford girls had to blow off the cobwebs for the first quarter and settle back into their flow. Both the first quarters were great; evenly matched and virtually goal for goal (SHS 1st 7 - 5 Old Girls and SHS 2nd 9 - 10 Old Girls).
The Old Girls 2nd VII had gained a small lead at the end of the second quarter, but fantastic shooting from Tori Martin, Eliza Kay and Oonagh Macdonald meant that SHS were still in it with a score of 16 - 18. Over on the next court, the Old Girls 1st VII were putting up a fantastic fight, and at the end of the second quarter, the score was 14 - 13 to the Old Girls.
Both Old Girls teams pulled away in the 3rd quarter, the 2nds winning 30 - 23, and the 1sts 24 - 20. Both games were proving to be both tense and really exciting; the atmosphere from the spectators was fantastic!
For the final quarter, the sun was shining, and the tension was definitely building! The 1st VII put up a sterling fight, turning over the possession to gain back some ground on the Old Girls, upping the intensity and excitement on the side-lines. A rebound from the tall defence of Jo Crombie and Amy Briggs saw SHS gain possession, and the ball made it down to Molly and Honor in the goal circle. After a nail biting miss, Honor sunk the ball through the net, and not a moment too soon as the final whistle blew about 10 seconds later! Final score 28-28.
Despite a fantastic show of team spirit, excellent attacking and defensive play, the SHS 2nd VII couldn't break the 7 goal deficit, and the Old Girls finished 8 goals ahead, with a final score of 38 - 30.
After the game, the teams went back to school and shared afternoon tea in the dining hall. A great morning of netball and the Stamford High School PE Dept look forward to making it an annual event in the calendar.