Saturday 7th October.
West Yorkshire County National Schools U16
A team of predominately U15 girls took to the courts in the U16 national school competition. The girls took to the court in true fighting spirit and this attitude did not waver throughout the entire competition, even during the games where we were defeated the girls maintained their composure and did not allow their heads to go down. They were a real unit, supporting and encouraging one and other. Showing their adaptability skills once again they moving seamlessly between a variety of positions without it disrupting the flow of the play. The finished 4th (out of 9) overall which is a huge achievement considering they were (mostly) a year younger than the age range of their competition, what a great accolade to head into the competition next year. It was not possible to choose a player of the day as they all played brilliantly and showed how far they have come in their game play since last year a particular mention must go to Jenna Borlant whose movement around the shooting circles was dynamic and thoughtful, and Isla Murphy who has really worked hard to develop her defending skills and demonstrated excellent blocking skills.
Gateways 9 – 4 Huddersfield Grammar
Gateways 3 – 13 GSAL
Gateways 13 – 7 Silcoates
Gateways 20 – 3 Brighouse High School
Gateways 9 – 3 Wakefield Girls High
Gateways 5 – 16 Woodhouse Grove
Gateways 6 – 11 Bradford Grammar
Gateways 13 – 3 Brooksbank
Tuesday 10th October
U14 v Wetherby High
Gateways 30 – 4 Wetherby
This was a tremendous win for what ended up as a U13/14 mix team for Gateways. The score line allowed for the team to explore a range of different positions with players moving in to position they had never played in a competitive situation before, such as Millie Todd as GS and Alessia Teoli as GD. The match also allowed for the girls to try and implement some of the skills we have been developing in training, such as feeding the space inside the circle rather than the player and gaining distance with extended landing positions. Taliya Murray was awarded player of the match and it was clear to see why; she dominated the court both when Gateways had possession of the ball and also when in defence, gaining interceptions and turning the ball over in our favour.