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St Benedict's Netball Tour to Barbados

Published on isbi School News dated Tuesday 30th of November 2010

St Benedict's School U18 Netball squad completed a very successful tour to Barbados over the half term holiday. The mood prior to departure was buoyant as the girls had just qualified for the Middlesex county finals.

The first game was a tough tour opener against an U18 combined team from prominent schools in Barbados. After a very keenly contested match Bennies emerged winners with a nail biting 12 -11 victory. It was end to end stuff, fast and furious, and the warm and humid conditions were unfamiliar and awkward for our girls.

St Ursuline's Convent School in Bridgetown, a school very similar in character to St Benedict's, were the next opponents. Our girls attended senior school assembly before playing in the foreground of the school church. Very quickly they took a commanding lead and easily secured their second victory by 27-1.

The third fixture, against Alleyne School, was on the spectacular west coast of the island. The athletic ability of the opposition was immediately obvious and it later transpired that their coach was also in charge of the national U16 squad. St Benedict's were very competitive in the first two quarters where the score line remained close. However, in the second half of the game the local girls began to pull away scoring a string of quick goals, cheered on by a big crowd of supporters. At the other end of the court the Alleyne's school defence were majestic and they deserved the 19 -12 victory they achieved.

The final tour opponents were Springer Memorial School on the outskirts of Bridgetown. This school has an awesome reputation as national champions in previous years but St Benedict's rose to the challenge and recorded a 15 10 victory in this demanding finale to their tour.

The player of the tour was Kathryn Grahame who has been outstanding throughout the season and the side was ably led by captain Edie Godfrey.

Miss Dunlea, Head of Girls' Games, said, 'This tour has really motivated the girls and has done wonders to further build team spirit and sense of purpose. Winning three games out four was fantastic and we are now looking to make this our most successful season ever. The icing on the cake will be a good performance in the county finals in March.'
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