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Bradfield College Invitation Netball Tournament

The 1st VII were looking forward to this invitation tournament to put into practise the new strategies, tactics and skills we have been focusing on since the Regionals. The first match in our group was against Bradfield and, without Ellie Pinnock our WA, we were slightly anxious having lost to this team earlier this season.  We didn't quite find our form and were defeated 8-1. However, we made some positional changes moving Claudia Bett into Centre and Becca Dale to WA with Lucie Wellington at WD which helped us to settle into the second match against Reeds. Lucy-May Wallis and Ruby Mills, who worked tirelessly throughout the afternoon, were fantastic in defence and Alice Hughes and Heloise Kleinwort relaxed more confidently into their shooting to win this game

We then needed to beat St Mary's if we were to have a chance of progressing to the semi-finals. This was an extremely exciting match to watch, (if not nerve racking!), and the whole team's performance was superb to come back from 2 down at half time to win 10-9. 

The final game in our group was against Pangbourne College where we held our form to win 9-2. We therefore came 2nd in our group and next faced Epson College in the semi-final. Epson were able to gain an early lead and were 7-2 ahead at half time. Lizzie Highwood and India Cornish played well in the 2nd half but Epson remained dominant and we lost 4-12. However, with our centre and goal defence rested, we played Wellington College in a 3rd/4th play off.

We had a brilliant game to finish displaying a very high level of Netball defeating Wellington 12-5. We were therefore placed 3rd overall and are extremely proud of the team's impressive achievement- very well done! Bradfield College went on to defeat Epson College in the final.

Sarah Sutton, MiC Netball

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