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There were euphoric scenes this weekend as Roedean’s U19 netball squad scored an historic victory by qualifying, for the first time ever, for the National Schools Netball Tournament Finals.
Having played against Portsmouth Girls High School, Oxford High School, Wellington College, Beaconsfield and Cottesloe, the team came second in their section and therefore played the winners of the other section, St Mary’s Ascot.
Having beaten St Mary’s Ascot by 14 goals to 8, Roedean went on to play Farnborough and were again victorious, by 12 goals to 8. This win gave them a place, representing the South, in the national finals.
The squad for this memorable performance was: Caitlin Boyland (Captain, GK), Gabby Tomlinson (GA), Phoebe Tomlinson (WA), Ope Salau (C), Edwina Wilson (GS), Harriet Scott and Sharon Jacobs (WD) and Nkem Ike-Nwabuoku (GD). Jess Jasper kindly acted as Team Scorer.
Speaking afterwards, Caitlin said, ‘I am beyond proud. The whole squad just suddenly clicked together as everyone did their job, on and off the ball. We all fed off each other’s efforts and as the day progressed our netball just seemed to flow better and better.’
It was particularly satisfying for Games Captain Caitlin who wrote in the Roedean magazine this year about the critical importance of believing, as a team, that you are better than everyone else.
Coach Miss Goulet noted, ‘There was no sign of nerves. The girls rose to the challenge tremendously and it was such a special moment to share with the squad, their parents, and all our travelling supporters.’
Roedean will face teams from the nine other regions in the finals in Southampton on 19 March.