On Friday evening 30 girls and 3 teachers jumped on a coach and set off to Bath University to watch a Netball Superleague game between TeamBath and Yorkshire Jets. After a short journey we arrived at one of the top universities in the country where our route took us past lacrosse players and the open-plan, state of the art fitness suite and into the caf, where the girls sampled university life as they sipped their latts and iced mochas.
As the start of the game drew close, we made our way into the sports hall which was already buzzing with atmosphere. The girls really got into the spirit of the game and used their horns to maximum effect to cheer on the struggling Bath side. Having lost the majority of their most experienced players last season, a mainly ‘rookie’ TeamBath were 7 goals down at the end of the 3rd quarter. The roar of the 800-strong home crowd obviously spurred Bath on as they performed exceptionally well in defence to turn the ball over again and again. This allowed the home side to score 8 without reply and enabled them to stage a remarkable come-back, finishing the game the victors 53-49.
The speed of passing and exceptional levels of skill on display captured the Kings’ girls’ attention and inspired them to work hard to better their own performance. All who attended did themselves proud both in their conduct and in fulfilling their role as encouraging spectators. Unfortunately, the girls appeared to have energy left as we were treated to some enthusiastic (if not in-tune!) singing on the coach on the way home!
Thanks to Miss Ewens and Mrs Barber for giving up their Friday night to assist.