The last week has seen the culmination of the annual South Cambs Bee Netball Leagues with over 50 teams taking part in two divisional rounds at their local secondary school before qualifying for one of three finals nights.
B Team Finals
The first of the finals nights was for all of the B and C teams who had entered their local leagues. This final took place at Impington Village college with 14 teams competing against each other. After the first round of matches the teams were organised into different divisions for the finals. In the top division were Meridian, Swavesey B, Hardwick and Great Abington. The standard of netball across all of the courts was excellent and the feedback from the event was very positive from all who took part. After a round of competitive and close matches, Meridian Primary school won all of their matches to take the overall B team title with Hardwick Primary School finishing in second place. The overall finishing positions from all schools from the B tournament were:
|1st – Meridian
2nd – Hardwick
3rd – Swavesey B
4th – Great Abington
|5th – Gamlingay
6th – Bassingbourn
7th – Cottenham
8th – Willingham
|9th – Swavesey C
11th – Willingham C
12 – Hatton Park
|13th – Pendragon
14th – Harston & Newton
A Team Plate Finals
The A team finals are split into two competitions the Plate and the Shield. The Plate is for all of the A teams who finished in the second half of their local league. Played earlier in the week at Comberton Village College this featured 12 teams with Hardwick, Haslingfield, Histon Brook and Linton being the four teams to make it through to the top division after the first round of matches. The sports leaders from Comberton VC umpired all the matches using the skills they have developed from being part of the leadership academy. After a display of excellent netball across all of the courts the overall winners were Histon Brook who were unbeaten throughout the evening, with Linton finishing as runners up. Both teams were presented with medals to recognise their achievement. Schools also nominated teams who displayed excellent teamwork and passion as part of the ‘spirit of the games’ nominations. Burrough Green, Bar Hill and Pathfinder were all awarded ‘spirit of the games’ certificates for their excellent teamwork after being nominated by a number of the other schools. Well done to all schools who took part. The final plate positions were:
|1st – Histon Brook2nd – Linton3rd – Haslingfield4th – Hardwick||5th – Burrough Green6th – UCPS7th – Barrington8th – Gamlingay||9th – Pendragon10th – Cottenham11th – Pathfinder12th – Bar Hill|
A Team Shield Finals
Twelve primary schools competed in the A Team Shield which was held at Impington Village College after finishing in the top half of their local leagues. The top four teams from this competition qualify for the BEE Netball County Finals which are taking place on Wednesday 17th May at Northstowe Secondary College.
The schools were split into three pools, with each team playing all of their rivals within that group to determine whether they qualified into Division 1, 2 or 3 for the next round of matches. The standard of netball across all of the teams was exceptionally high and it was great to see the level of improvement from all teams across the rounds, especially with their shooting accuracy.
After the first round of matches, it was Histon Brook A, Trumpington, Coton and Swavesey who went into pool 1 to play for the the title. It was a close competition but the accurate shooting of Coton primary school meant that they were unbeaten in all of their matches and scored a massive 42 goals across all of their matches at the competition. All of the games were played in great spirit and the sports leaders from IVC made sure that all matches were being played to the rules and that all of the teams were enjoying the event. The final position meant that Coton retained the title from last year with Swavesey primary school taking second place. The full results from the competition were:
|1st – Coton2nd – Swavesey3rd – Trumpington4th – Histon Brook A||5th – Hatton Park6th – Histon Brook B7th – Willingham8th – Harston & Newton||9th – Barton10th – Great Abington11th – Bassingbourn12th – Meldreth|
Coton, Swavesey, Trumpington and Histon Brook will now go forward to the county finals on 17th May and I’m sure they will continue to put on an excellent performance as they represent South Cambridgeshire.
Tournament organiser, Julia Scarboro said, “Our annual Bee Netball League is one of our most popular competitions, we had 31 different schools taking part this year and just over 50 teams. The children really enjoy the opportunity to represent their school in inter-school competition and it is nice for them to get the chance to play in the league rounds before experiencing one of the finals nights which are played in a friendly yet competitive spirit. There is always a nice atmosphere and a real sense of occasion as parents gather to cheer on their children. Seeing so many schools involved is a real credit to all of the staff in schools who provide opportunities for their pupils to be involved in netball.
I must thank Impington and Comberton Village Colleges for hosting the finals nights and of course the sports leaders who gave up their time to help umpire all of the matches and manage the score table. They really did an outstanding job this year.