Congratulations to our 1st Netball team who have been blazing a trail for Trinity in this year’s England Netball National Schools’ Competition. It is the first time a Trinity team has qualified for the Regional Finals, and this team not only did that but got to the National Finals at Oundle School in Northampton last weekend. 

The top 18 schools in the U19 category competed for the title, and our Trinity team finished in joint ninth position out of 1,500 teams who entered the competition – we are thrilled for them! 

What is so inspiring about this result is the fact that many of the players met for the first-time last September when they joined Trinity’s co-educational Sixth Form. Compared to most of the teams in the competition, they have had the least time to get to know each other as players and develop that rapport off and on the court. However, they have put everything into playing as a team and their hard work and commitment to training is exemplary.

We did have a tough draw in our group, with four of the games against teams who ended up in the top four positions in the tournament. The team fought hard and played some fantastic Netball, winning four of the eight games played. The results were: 

  • Trinity vs Wrekin College – 7-10  
  • Trinity vs Hartpury College – 7-13 
  • Trinity vs Berkhamsted – 6-11 (overall winners) 
  • Trinity vs Woodhouse Grove School – 9-8 
  • Trinity vs Rushcliffe Spencer Academy – 15-4 
  • Trinity vs Cheadle Hulme School – 11-10  
  • Trinity vs Durham High School for Girls – 15-5 
  • Trinity vs Wellington – 7-13 

Congratulations to all 10 girls who were part of the 1st VII squad and special mention for player of the tournament Kayla Victor (GS). 

Kayla Victor says, “The standard at the finals was astounding. We hadn’t played any of the teams before, so we weren’t quite sure what to expect but within the first few minutes, we understood it wasn’t going to be easy and that we had to fight for everything. That was one thing I learnt; to remember that we all had a role to play, and that as both individual players, and as a team, we had to put our all into each match, give everything we had and not give up.  

“The coaching and training have been intense, but we honestly could not have done it without Ms Scott-Fairclough and Mrs Bennett.  

“I am so proud of how well we did throughout the finals. The highlight for me was the support that came from all the spectators that travelled up to watch us. We could not have done it without their encouragement, and they really lifted us up at times.  

“There were also so many moments with the girls that had us all crying with laughter, and the closeness of the team, which made the weekend that much more enjoyable.” 

Full results can be found on the England Netball website. 

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