U13 Netball Tournament 

at Ardvreck
Wednesday 1st March
The squad: Naesi (captain), Abbie, Lucy, Millie, Chloe, Eloise, Anna & Louisa
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For the past two years today’s Ardvreck netball tournament has been held at Fettes due to lying snow in Perthshire. However, today we could not have asked for a nicer day, glorious sunshine with signs that spring isn’t far away.
We arrived slightly later than hoped so perhaps weren’t as prepared for our first game as I would have liked.
St. Mary’s 3, Cargilfield 4
Clearly not the start we were hoping for! We were slow to get going in this game and the short 10 minute one way matches, allowed no time for slow starters! The girls warmed up gradually and started playing some good netball. However, there were too many aspects of the game missing, so Cargilfield clinched this one by a 4 goals to three.
St. Mary’s 6, Ardvreck 2
I had hoped for a regroup and rethink before taking to the court again but we were straight back on against Ardvreck, for our second game of the afternoon. The girls played much better in this game. Movement was crisp, despite a very slippery surface and the girls seemed more alert and energetic. Millie, Louisa and Abbie took their chances at goal and scored some lovely goals. Anna, Lucy and Naesi linked much better which subsequently saw them dominate possession and supply some great passes into the shooters. Eloise and Chloe also had a good game and thwarted some Ardvreck attacks, limiting them to a couple of goals. All combined, they got the win they needed.
St. Mary’s 1, Craigclowan 3
In order to qualify for the final we were going to have to beat this Craigclowan side by more than 15 goals; unlikely in 10 minutes! That said, the girls went out and gave it their best shot. We were quite sloppy at times and squandered possession far too easily. Craigclowan were a good side with some tall and strong girls. A St. Mary’s team on form I think could have got the upper hand but it wasn’t to be today.
Other results in the Pool meant that we’d come a disappointing 3rd, in a competition that we should have been threatening to win. Such is tournament sport that results are everything and you’re only as good as your results! However, as ever, the girls battled hard and enjoyed watching their younger contemporaries win the U11 tournament, beating Belhaven in the final!
So congratulations to the U11s and well done to the U13s. This Friday we welcome Aberlour for a hockey match and next Wednesday, the Dandylions travel to Kilgraston for their match against the Wosps.
Mr P.

Jules Birdsall, 06/03/2017

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