Excitement mounted as 40 girls from Year 7, 8 and 9 boarded the coach for the short journey to Liddington, near Swindon. Though rain was forecast the girls weren’t fazed and looked forward to a weekend of netball and adventure activities.
The huge fountain that flags the entrance to the centre gave an impression of grandeur that the accommodation lived up to. The previous 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms, a common room, on-site shop and newly refurbished cafeteria, where the girls enjoyed a fantastic evening meal before participating in various PGL-led activities.
The Saturday comprised of a mixture of ‘queue and do’ activities including a giant rope swing, abseiling, aeroball and of course the main event; the netball tournament. Under the guidance of Mrs MacQuillin, the 7As played some fantastic netball to win all of their pool games and finish top of their group. Despite much encouragement from Miss Palmer, the 7Bs found the competition tough, playing mainly A teams. Our Year 8Bs took a while to warm-up but improved tremendously as the day went on. Our Year 8/9 team bonded well and under Mrs Gittin’s guidance managed to finish in the top half of their pool, earning a place in the cup competition. The Year 8A team found themselves in 5th place at the end of the day due to a couple of narrow 4-3 defeats. Whilst this placing was extremely respectable considering they were in the Year 9 competition, Miss Ewens and her team were determined to win their last 2 pool games to finish in the top 4 on the Sunday.
After a hearty meal and another fantastic evening, this time playing ‘man-hunt’ in the woods, the girls ended the day muddy but happy!
After some impressive performances on the Sunday and also extreme nail biting, the Year 7 As were successful in coming 2nd in their competition, being beaten by a very strong team in the final. A commendable result, especially considering several members of their regular squad were missing. The Year 8As not only won both of their remaining pool games to earn a place in the semi-final, but went on to play brilliantly to defeat 2 strong and much taller teams to win the Year 9 tournament!