Hoping to kick start their competitive season with a friendly against Terrington Hall were the U12 & U13’s. Unfortunately the competitors had some transport issues and were not able to fulfill the fixture. Not wanting to waste the opportunity and with the girls raring to go we instead made it an in house friendly. After the first two quarters which the U13 won easily, the teams were mixed so that the U12 defensive players were making the U12 attacking players, the same with the U13. This made for a more evenly matched game with possession changing frequently between the two teams.
Still establishing playing positions and a greater understanding of the game the U12 team tried hard to work the ball down court, there was lots of attempts to dodge and get free for the ball and their determination and effort with this can not be faulted. With it being an in-house friendly there was not player of the match and all players of the team tried worked hard within their position, well done girls.
The U13 team, who have had a year to establish themselves worked well as a unit, moving the ball swiftly down court and into the shooting circle where Penny Leech, Sarah Bentley or Helen Ebai, able to place it in the net. There was a new face making her Gateways competitive debut who deserves a mention for her determined efforts and commitment to making interceptions, well done Holly Arnold.
Gateways hosted the U14 Leeds Schools netball tournament. With the sun shining and 17 teams in two groups it was set to be a great afternoon, with lots of netball being played. Despite the best laid plans an 18th team arrived ready to play, not wanting to turn the players away the draw was quickly altered so that the schools were now in 4 pools. Gateways fought off competition from, Allerton High, Woodhouse Grove and Rodilian to advance to the quarter finals as group runners up. Here they faced Prince Henrys, sadly this was the end of their competitive afternoon, however they went on to play a few more friendly matches against the other teams who were out of the semifinals. Prince Henrys went on to be the eventual tournament winners so the team should be very proud of their performance against them in the quarter finals. There were some new faces on the team this year, with some girls playing their first competitive match of netball, well done to you. A special mention also of Taliya Murray who cemented the team together as centre, assisting players with positional questions and encouraging them throughout. Also a mention to Eva Holmes in L5 who took charge of the team and confidently umpired their matches in my absence. Also a big thank you to the other girls from L5 who supported me with the administration and were a real asset during the afternoon.