On a very bitter and cold Wednesday 26th February, the U11 High 5 Netball Team travelled down the road to Barn Elms Sports Grounds for the annual Richmond Borough Netball Tournament. This event attracts 36 local State and Independent schools around the borough, fighting to win the High 5 netball shield and the chance to represent Richmond at the London Youth Games in March. Each group consisted of six schools, whereby the top three progressed onto the Cup playoffs and the bottom three in the Plate playoffs. In each game the girls had to rotate positions from GK-GD-C-GA-GS, which is a different format from that the girls are used to with 7-a-side netball. The girls started off strongly, establishing how they wanted the tournament to go. It was brilliant to watch them play as they moved the ball down the court with such finesse with high scores and they also defended the ball and avoiding conceding goals.
With 5 wins under our belt, we progressed into the Cup knockout rounds! After the first two convincing wins, we met Newland House,, our local rivals, in the quarter finals where in the past we had been eliminated. OVS stayed strong and won 5-1! The final was next, where we played St James school who have won the shield numerous times. With the score a nail-biting 2-1 at half time to St James, with one final rotation, we scored a further four goals to their two finishing with the final score of 5-4 to us! This made OVS, for the first time, Richmond Borough High 5 Netball Champions! With a whopping 41 goals for and 8 against, the girls are now ready to represent Richmond at the London Youth Games on Thursday March 26th. So very proud of this achievement!