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East Preston Junior School

Historic 6 in a row for EP netballers 

EPJS 1st Place - Locality Netball Tournament

On a crisp and cold afternoon, Team EPJS played in the annual locality netball tournament against 8 rival teams. The team were excited and nervous before the competition with the weight of history on their shoulders, with EPJS having won this title for five consecutive years.

In a busy competition, the teams were divided into 2 groups to play a round robin tournament with semi finals and finals to follow, with games of 10 minutes in 2 halves.

East Preston roared out of the blocks with convincing wins in each of their pool matches scoring 12 nets and only conceding 1 in return in this opening stage. The semi-final initially seemed to pose a sterner test with EP scoring and then immediately conceding an equaliser but then created a 3 goal buffer which was sufficient to reduce the pulse rates of the ever-more excitable EPJS following! 

The children were thrilled to make it to the final and playing against  a strong outfit from South Africa (St Wilfrid’s) the game promised and delivered an absolute cracker!  EP raced into a 4-1 lead which seemed unassailable at half time but the Hi-5 rules which mean players swap positions suited South Africa who pulled back an early net immediately after half time. With their tails up, the South Africans pressed forward and a barrage of shots finally saw some success with 2 further minutes to play. The EP net faced an onslaught of Dunkirk proportions and the EP supporters were hanging on desperately for the whistle - barely able to watch. The players jumped for joy and relief at the final whistle realising that not only had they won but they too had extended this amazing chapter of netball success at EPJS and are part of this legacy.

Lucy said, "The other teams were brilliant and made it really hard for us, but our team did really well"

Emily added, "The team worked together well and we communicated well, we won all of our matches. All of the other teams were brilliant and we played fairly."

Olivia went on, "All of the teams played exceptionally well, all were good sports people and the competition was tense. It was amazing to win with the team and was definitely a great experience. the teamwork was also great because we provided each other with help and support."

Freya summed up, "All of the matches that we played were very exciting and full of tension. Our substitutes cheered everyone on and filled the team with hope. We were all very pleased when we found out that we had won and congratulated all of the other teams."

A thrilling and long night for all involved with the tournament finishing at 6pm! Thank you to Mr. Gwynn for organising a great event, the Year 11 sports leaders for umpiring (3 of whom incidentally were part of the winning team 5 years ago!) players from across the locality for their great spirit and endeavour. To the large and vociferous EPJS crowd (who were as excited and thrilled as the children) and of course to our 2022 star netball team: Emily, Olivia, Lucy, Bradley, Natanya, Caitlin and Holly.