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East Preston Junior School

EP host St Margaret's in first fixtures of 2022

After what seems like a long winter break, EPJS returned to sporting action on home turf, with football and netball fixtures against locality rivals St Margaret's.

Whilst the weather was forgettable - the action was not - with 2 great games being played simultaneously at the rear of our school. Two inexperienced East Preston teams - including many debutants pulled on the EP blue for the first time - well done to them all.

 Netball

East Preston 2 - 6 St Margaret's

 

For the first time this year high-5 netball rules were played - the high five variation is new to our locality but has been played in the wider Sussex area for quite some time. It has fewer players on the pitch, creating more space and allowing the players greater freedom: the children rotate positions each quarter allowing them to learn the game and gain a better understanding of the different positions. 

The girls played very well and adapted to the new rules the more they played. They worked well together and played a very good match. St Margaret's had the edge throughout, but there was a purple patch where EP  pulled within one goal. Unfortunately, however, the girls lost 2-6 but played very well. 

Lucy said, “the team played really well, seeing that we haven’t played high-5 before."

"St. Margaret's made us run around court a lot but we managed to get 2 nets in. It was a great and lively game which the East Preston team enjoyed playing," Emily added.

"It was a great game and well done to St Margaret's for their first win!" Phoebe said.

Daisy went on, "It was fair play between us and St. Margaret's, even though we only scored twice, we tried; our band worked together as a team. We hope to win our next game."

Football:

East Preston 3 - 3 St. Margaret's 

A largely inexperienced Year 5 group took to the pitch to represent the football team with team manager, Mr Smith, hugely impressed with the keenness and hunger shown by the group.  In a closely contested game, EP took a 3-1 lead but in a tough closing period St Margaret's showed their class and pulled back to secure a keenly contested 3-3 draw.

Afterwards Mr Smith was keen to celebrate the attitude of the team, who really demonstrated the E.P values.

Thank you to Miss Norcross and her teams from St Margaret's for making the trip from Angmering; thank you to parents and supporters for cheering on the teams; to Mr Smith and Miss Groves for organising and refereeing their respective teams and of course to all of our children who were a credit to the EP badge.