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Y7 Netball team wins Sainsbury's School Games 2017!

Beaconsfield High School’s Year 7 Netball team is celebrating after beating seven of the best schools in the region to take the title and trophy for the Sainsbury’s School Games 2017.

The team won the District Netball Tournament in style in March, which meant they qualified to represent Beaconsfield High School’s Partnership in netball at the School Games Finals on Friday 7th July. The Finals include many sports and age ranges and are similar to a mini Olympic Games, with over 800 children competing on the day.

The opening Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium included guest speaker Helen Richardson-Walsh, (GB Hockey Gold Olympic medallist), the Partnership mascots, a reading of the Games oaths and performances by several dance and gym troops. Helen Richardson-Walsh shared her motivational motto with the students: “Reach for the moon and if you don’t get there the first time you will still be amongst the stars.”

With blue and pink face paint, physio tape and even braces in school colours, the students meant business and won their first game v Buckingham 8-0. They then faced Sir William Borlase and stepped up a gear to win 10-2. The defence through court was incredible in the next game with every player looking for the intercept or turn over ball and they prevented a score from Aylesbury High School, winning 11-0.

A reshaped team – Francesca Gianneri, Debbie Davis, Beatrice Butler, Helen Fisher, Deidrie Dent, Hermoinie Fox Grainger, Sally Saunders, Gertrude Grinhalf, Bobi Brown and Captain Milly, Molly and Mandy Martin – went into the next game in high spirits and won 11-4 v Lord Grey.

A tough game was next with friends on the Challoner’s team and a very strong oppositional defence. The girls kept their composure at the end of a very tense game and won 5-3.

The squad rotated again as it had throughout the day, allowing players to get exposure to different playing positions and combinations in a tournament environment and went on to win 15-0 against Princes Risborough.

The last game, versus Ouesdale School, was the hardest of the day; the team was hot, tired, sore and emotional with the knowledge they were so close to the trophy. They went 0-2 down and the error rate increased with the pressure.

Although the parents were on tenterhooks, PE teacher Stella Sanders was calm: “I knew that, even if we lost the game, our goal difference was the highest and all the other schools had lost a game so the tournament was ours!” In the last minute of the game the shooters scored to even the game 4-4, meaning Beaconsfield High School finished unbeaten.

 Top 3 Schools

1st Beaconsfield High School

2nd Dr Challoner’s High School

3rd Aylesbury High School