Trinity Term is Netball season here at St Andrew’s Prep School, and we have had a fantastic season with many successes across the age groups. Our teams went into their first matches of the season slightly under prepared thanks to the inclement weather, and it was soon clear we had lots to work on before the tournaments came around. Since those first matches there have been huge improvements in the skills, tactical knowledge and team work of all the girls. This was shown at the IAPS tournaments last week where we had a number of successes.
The Under 9 Netball team played a number of matches this season against Greensteds and Pembroke. In this age group we managed to field two teams for our away fixtures, and our home fixture saw us fielding three teams. It was a fantastic sight to see all of the girls from Years 2, 3 and 4 representing the school at Netball and they had a lovely afternoon. In their tournament the Under 9 A team, coached by Miss Agunda, won two matches and lost two matches. There is a lot of potential in the squad, and many eager younger girls waiting to fill the places of those girls moving up to Year 5.
The Under 11 girls have had a great season, with two strong teams being coached by Miss Macpherson and Miss Ntimama. The girls have made so much progress during the season and really developed as teams. In their tournament both teams got through to the semi-finals of the plate competition, with the Under 11 A team coming out victorious and winning the Plate final. This is a fantastic achievement and one that the girls should be very proud of.
Under 13 Netball has been a great success this season, with us fielding four teams on two occasions. The C and D teams are unbeaten this season, and the A and B teams have had very successful seasons. In The Banda tournament the B team reached the semi finals of the plate competition, having played some excellent Netball and demonstrated superb team work. The A team reached the semi finals of the Trophy competition, having gone unbeaten in the group stages, and beating Peponi House in the quarter finals. In a highly competitive and fast paced game against The Banda, the girls were eventually beaten 12-9. They played incredibly well and demonstrated just how much progress they have made this season. We are incredibly proud of Ime-Ruth, who was named overall Player of the Tournament. It is a superb achievement to be named as the best player in the IAPS circuit, and we hope that she and the rest of the Year 8s will continue to play Netball as they progress to Senior School.
The culmination of the Netball season comes on Wednesday 27th June when we host the Up-Country vs Nairobi Schools fixture here at Turi. Congratulations to Ime Ruth, Ella, Rekah, Tamasha, Ite and Nicola who have all been selected for the Up-Country squad.