Hurst netball teams complete the championship tripleMarch 23, 2017
Three netball teams from Hurst College won titles at the Sussex Independent Schools Netball Association (SISNA) tournament, which took place at the College over two days in March. The U18, U15 and U13 teams were all named as champions, whilst the U16 and U12 teams were runners-up.
Hurst’s 1st team had eleven other teams to contend with in the U18 category and played well in the first three games to secure convincing wins over Lancing, Roedean and Ardingly.
The toughest match was against Brighton College when the Hurst girls tried hard but could not retain their winning momentum and lost 8-11. Determined to stay in the running, the girls secured further convincing wins against Bede’s, Mayfield, Seaford College, Christ’s Hospital and Eastbourne College, and when Mayfield beat Brighton College, Hurst were back on level terms.
Hurst pushed hard to beat Worth 25-0 and Brighton and Hove High School 23-4, extending their goal average. In a close tournament, which was decided on goal average, Hurst were named as champions.
The U16s played seven schools in a round robin format, with a tough first match against Lancing College. The Hurst girls had a shaky start but managed to recover to win by a two goal margin. The following games went smoothly with the girls playing some great netball, converting every turnover and scoring off every centre pass.
The real test of the competition was against Eastbourne College and the girls needed a win or a draw to claim the title. Hurst struggled against the physicality of the Eastbourne team, particularly with their tall shooter who led her team to a three goal victory, leaving Hurst as runners-up.
Hurst’s U15 team flew through their group section without dropping a game. In the semi-final they came up against Mayfield, and after a slow start found themselves 3-0 down, however the girls regained their focus and capitalised on turnovers to win the semi-final 8-6.
The final was against Brighton College and the game went end to end with both teams scoring from their own centre passes. The two Hurst shooters had a fantastic tournament with some extremely accurate shooting, as Hurst made one further clean turnover to convert the goal and win 9-8 to claim the title.
In the U14 section Hurst dropped just one game in the group matches and progressed through to the semi-final where they came up against a tough Roedean team who, sadly, put an end to their tournament.
The Hurst U13 girls’ style of play – short, cut and drive – was well suited to the windy, cold conditions and they played some great netball throughout the afternoon, with high scores against most of the opposition. A draw against a very determined Seaford College might have cost Hurst first position in the draw however, they beat Westbourne House with a two goal margin to ensure the top spot.
Hurst took on Roedean in the semi-final, turning over many balls in defence, which enabled the attack to move down court to convert the goals. This win booked Hurst a place in the final for their third encounter in five days with Westbourne House. With exhaustion setting in on both sides, mistakes were made and the match finished on a draw at the final whistle. This being the final, extra time followed, and the Hurst girls played some great netball finishing with a two goal lead to become Sussex Champions for the second consecutive year.
Hurst’s U12s made easy work of their opponents in the group stages beating Cumnor House, Vinehall, Mayfield, Brighton and Hove High School and hosts, Roedean. In the semi-final against Bede’s, the girls made a strong start and a dent in the score line. When Hurst lost their goal defence to a nasty fall, the team dynamics dipped, but the Hurst girls held on to win by one point.
The opposition in the final was Brighton College who took a lead early on. The Hurst girls used their determination to reduce the deficit to just one goal, but narrowly missed out on the title in a 10-11 defeat.