The last few weeks have seen the culmination of the annual South Cambs High 5’s Netball Leagues with over 50 teams taking part in two divisional rounds at their local secondary school before qualifying for one of three finals nights and it was double delight for two schools as they winners and runners up in two finals.
Fifteen primary schools competed in the last of the three finals, the A Team Shield which was held at Impington Village College on Wednesday 1st May. At stake was the title of South Cambs Champions 2019 and a chance to qualify for the county finals, where the top four schools on the night would go forward to represent the South Cambs area and take on the best school teams from across Cambridgeshire.
The schools were split into four pools, with each team playing all of their rivals within that group to determine whether they qualified into Division 1, 2, 3 or 4 for the next round of matches. The teams from Swavesey, Cottenham & Fenstanton won all of their group matches on their way to qualifying for Division 1 where they were joined by Jeavons Wood who won two and drew one of their matches to take up the last place in the top group.
The final round of matches were closely contested with a high standard of netball on display but it was Cottenham Primary School who were the clear winners and the deserved champions on the day with another 3 wins ensuring they finished with a 100% record. In fact, they scored an amazing 31 goals in all games whilst only conceding 2! This success backed up their win in the B Team finals night just before Easter and it is the first time they have won either competition so a great achievement for the school. Read a report from the B Team Finals here.
Swavesey also backed up their performance in the B team league and again finished as runners up with Jeavons Wood in 3rd and Fenstanton 4th. All four of these teams now go forward to represent South Cambs SSP at the County Finals on Thursday 23rd May.
The A Team Plate final is for those teams who finish in the lower half of their local league and was established to make sure all schools get the opportunity to compete in a finals night. Played earlier in the week at Comberton Village College this featured 16 teams with Bassingbourn, Pendragon, Burrough Green and Hatton Park the four teams making it through to the top division. Pendragon who played some lovely netball were the winners on the night and were proud to take home the shiny ‘winners plate’ for the first time.
Partnership Manager, Claire McDonnell said, “Our annual High 5 Netball League is one of our most popular competitions, we had 36 different schools taking part this year which I think is a record and almost 60 teams.
The children really enjoy the opportunity to represent their school in inter-school competition and it is nice for them to get the chance to play in the league rounds before experiencing one of the finals nights which are played in a friendly yet competitive spirit. There is always a nice atmosphere and a real sense of occasion as parents gather to cheer on their children.
I must thank Impington and Comberton Village Colleges for hosting the finals nights and of course the sports leaders who gave up their time to help umpire all of the matches and manage the score table. They really did an outstanding job this year.”
|A Team Shield||A Team Plate|
|5th||Harston & Newton||Barnabas Oley|
|6th||Linton Heights||Bar Hill|
|7th||Steeple Morden||Gt Abington|
|12th||The Meadow||Dry Drayton|
|14th||Histon & Impington Juniors||Monkfield Park|