Holyrood School netball teams sparkle in first outings

PUBLISHED: 08:55 30 January 2018

The Holyrood School year eight netball girls A team.Back row (left to right) Frankie Woodland, Heidi Warren, Kirsten Dallimore, Emily Caddy, Maia Watson. Front row (left to right) Kizzie Hull, Georgia Ryder, Amy Bristow

The Holyrood School year eight netball girls A team.Back row (left to right) Frankie Woodland, Heidi Warren, Kirsten Dallimore, Emily Caddy, Maia Watson. Front row (left to right) Kizzie Hull, Georgia Ryder, Amy Bristow

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Holyrood School, Chard, sent a group of 16 year eight girls to Preston School on the penultimate Wednesday of January to play their netball matches of the season.

The Holyrood School year eight girls netball B team. Back row (left to right) Megan Sibley, Grace Lees, Maisy Bishop, Freya Rex, Hattie Withers. Front row (left to right) Lily Winslade, Willow Wootton, Lily Farmer.The Holyrood School year eight girls netball B team. Back row (left to right) Megan Sibley, Grace Lees, Maisy Bishop, Freya Rex, Hattie Withers. Front row (left to right) Lily Winslade, Willow Wootton, Lily Farmer.

The A side went into their first league game with captain Kirsten Dallimore and fellow shooter Frankie Woodland getting them off to the perfect start with a couple of early goals.

The teams were evenly matched, though, and Preston’s shooters were also able to make the most of their opportunities. Some excellent defending from Heidi Warren, Emily Caddy and Maia Watson prevented Preston from going ahead, which meant the scores were level at 8-8 at the end of the second quarter.

The third quarter ended with the scores level once more, which meant it was all to play for. After a quick team talk the Holyrood girls were raring to go - they attacked relentlessly and were able to keep possession. Shooters Dallimore and Woodland were able to produce the goods with six goals being scored in the last quarter to see Holyrood to a 16-12 success.

The B side contested a friendly and they too played superbly, creating many chances during the match. There was some fantastic defending from Willow Wootton, Maisy Bishop and Freya Rex and the rest of the girls had a go at playing in a variety of positions. Preston ended up winning 4-2, but the Holyrood girls clearly thoroughly enjoyed their first game.

Miss Sims, sports coach at Holyrood Academy, said: “What a great afternoon. It is wonderful to see so many girls enjoying netball. Training sessions have been really popular, making it really difficult to pick teams, and there’s still lots to work on before our next match against King Arthurs!”

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