Girls Netball – Tuesday Morning 8.15-9.15am

Year 6 girls have the opportunity to attend Netball club throughout the year, with Year 5 girls joining them in the Summer term. The club is run by Mrs Kelly with the assistance of Mrs Hales and Miss Gould. The girls learn the rules of the game, improve their fitness, develop their skills, whilst gaining an understanding of different game tactics and strategies. The girls participate in the winter and spring leagues, playing against other schools in Luton.  This half term have matches against Whitefield, Putteridge, Surrey Street and St Margaret's.  Our first game was played at home on Thursday 21st September against Whitefield Primary School and resulted in an impressive win for our Bramingham team.  Please feel free to come along and cheer our girls on at any of our home matches, they'd really appreciate it!
Match Reports
Bramingham v Whitefield - (H)
On Thursday 21st September, 7 girls from the club were selected to represent Bramingham in our first match of the year against Whitefield Primary.  It was a home match and even though it decided to rain, the girls were still raring to play.  
The opposition won the coin toss and chose to take the first centre pass.  Nervous but excited, the girls took their positions on court.  It was a thrilling first quarter with 3 amazing amazing goals from Naia.  The girls rotated into different positions for the next quarter, as dictated by the rules of Hi-Five Netball.  Whitefield fought back in the second quarter, scoring a goal, despite some fantastic defending from out girls. The pace was fast, but Bramingham didn't let up for a minute.  
After changing ends (and positions) at half time, the two teams were both intent of scoring some more goals.  It was a thrilling 6 minutes with 2 goals scored by Latia, taking the score to 5:1. Whitefield didn't lose heart though and really upped their game - defending beautifully and intercepting many of our passes.  The final quarter was extremely tense (and extremely wet!) but the girls continued to give their all.  The final goal of the game came from Precious - a moment of sweet victory after a few missed shots earlier. Seconds after she scored, the time was up and the final whistle blew.  
What an amazing first game! Mrs Kelly, Mrs, Hales, Miss Gould and Miss Stack are all extremely proud of all of the girls:  Poppy, Gracy-Mai, Latia, Precious, Naia, Janel and Vanisha.
Bramingham v Surrey Street (A)
Our first away match was a very tough one - Surrey Street were an exceptionally strong team and took an early lead, scoring 2 goals in the first quarter alone!  Our girls were quite surprised at their intense marking and well practised moves.  Unfortunately, the opposition had control of the ball for most of the match, despite some fantastic defending from our girls.  The goals came thick and fast but the Bramingham team kept positive and ran their socks off!  For most of them it was their first match as was a bit of a baptism of fire!  However, all of the girls felt that they had learnt a lot from the other team and are now ready to try out some of their tricks in our next match.  The score was a disappointing 10-0 to Surrey Street, but the league goes on and we will do our best to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and do our very best in our next match!
We are very proud of you all: Poppy, Vanisha, Emily, Mariam, Ella, Tianna and Courtney  
Bramingham v St Margaret's (H)
Our last match of the season was against St Margaret's.  All but one of our girls had already played in at least one of our other matches, and after 1 win and 1 loss, we were unsure about what kind of team we'd be up against!  The playing conditions were perfect, and it was good to be playing at home where parents and staff were able to support us.  The opposition team arrived earlier than expected and so we were able to get the game underway promptly.  Bramingham won the coin toss so chose to take first centre.  A bizarre moment of panic meant that our Centre completely forgot the footwork rules for a moment and ran with the ball rather than passing!  So, control of the ball was given to St Margaret's and the game got underway.  It soon became clear that the teams were well-matched with end to end play and some superb defending from both teams.  Emily was particularly impressive, trying out some of the strategies Surrey Street has employed against us, against St Margaret's.  Despite our best efforts, St Margaret's did manage to score 2 goals in the first quarter (which was nearer 7 minutes long rather than the designated 6, due to a timer malfunction!)   
The second quarter started with a centre pass from St Margaret's.  Again, play was even between the two teams with some excellent interceptions from Naomi (who was making her first appearance in the team).  We conceded just one goal despite numerous attempts from the St Margaret's GA and GS.  Unfortunately, Latia and Vanisha just couldn't quite get the ball into the semi-circle in order to shoot, without it being intercepted by their opponents. 
After changing ends (and positions) at half time, the two teams made their way back onto court with a real 'can do' attitude.  The game was thoroughly enjoyable for both teams as the teams were of such a similar standard. St Margaret's just managed to get more chances at goal, scoring another two, taking their total to 5.
No goals were scored by either team in the final quarter.  The drizzle began but it didn't dampen the girls' spirits; they continued to give their all right up until the final whistle.  The final score was 5 nil to St Margaret's.  
Perhaps the best part of the game however, was a tradition of the opposition teams' - for each team to pick a Player of the Match from the opposing team.  Poppy was chosen by St Margaret's and we selected their GA.  I also chose Naomi as my Player of the Match - due to her fantastic defending and encouragement to all her team mates.  Once again, the girls did Bramingham proud.  Well done to Poppy, Naia, Latia, Vanisha, Emily, Naomi and Gracy-Mai.
We will be placed into a new seeded league for the Summer Term, based on our position within our league this half term. I've now got my eye on the boys for a Y6 boys netball tournament in the Spring.  They've been a great help during shooting practice at playtimes, and are keen to have a go themselves - let's see if they can match our girls for teamwork, positive attitude and skill!