England Netball PGL Tournament 2018

Wardle Academy Netball teams at the top of the league tables at the England Netball PGL Tournament once again.

Wardle Academy set out on their fifth Netball tour to Borreatton Park in Shrewsbury on Friday 16th March 2018 with the intention, as always, to bring home yet more medals. Year 10 were going for their fourth year and having won this title for three consecutive years they were looking forward to making this a fourth championship. Year 9 were in the same position having been champions the previous two years and with Year 8 finishing runners up last year they were determined to turn the silver from 2017 to gold this year. Year 7 were looking forward to the weekend and getting their first experience of a netball residential underway.

Saturday was an early start with all teams sitting down for breakfast at 7:30am. Year 7 then had the morning off to go and enjoy adventure activities, whilst Years 8, 9 and 10 were straight into early morning fixtures. Throughout the course of the day all four teams fulfilled a number of matches and put in some fantastic performances. Year 10 were unbeaten all day as were Year 8, and Year 7 and Year 9 only suffered one loss each. The weather was against our teams and made play difficult but our students worked hard as a team to bring the ball down court. Defence worked particularly well to turn over the ball and ensure we maintained possession throughout. Temperatures of minus six and playing through blizzards only motivated our teams more and we ended day one in a very dominant position. Years 8, 9 and 10 were in 1st place and Year 7 were sat in 3rd place.

Year 7’s Netball Captain Isobel said: “We arrived at PGL for the first time as we are in Year 7. The whole team were excited and ready to play netball. We were a little bit nervous as we had never been before but it was a good way to bond and have fun with the team. The blizzards and freezing weather didn’t stop us playing our hardest to win our games. The whole team did amazing and worked together really well and came closer as a team. Hopefully we can all come back next year and be a stronger team.”

Sunday morning was a different story the teams woke to 4 inches of snow and Miss Shepherd was informed by England Netball that the tournament would have to be cancelled as the courts were dangerous and the forecast was set to get worse. All students and staff were extremely disappointed in this decision but understood as at this point the weather was getting worse. The team left feeling frustrated and upset that we would not be bringing home another round of trophies. However, after a team talk and a promise from Miss Shepherd that we would return next year the girls were happy to get home safely.

Year 8’s Netball Captain Heather said: “We arrived at PGL again for another year, but this year we were determined to win as we came second last year. This in mind, we spent a lot of time together as a team on the night before the match. Going into the matches, we had a slow start going from a 3-2 win in the first to an 18-0 win in the fourth and final match. We were a little disappointed when the matches on the Sunday were cancelled having been top of the league table as we were excited to work together to try and win the tournament. We will now use the teamwork and skills we used, to try and do well at the PGL tour next year.”

Head of Physical Education, Miss Shepherd said: “As always these students have made me extremely proud, they work hard, they look after each other and they are honest. They have represented our school well and their team spirit and determination amazes me every year. This year it didn’t end the way we wanted it to and we were all disappointed. However, we are already working towards next year and determined to bring home gold again next year. I have to thank the pupils for their fantastic commitment to netball not just for the residential but for the year, they have performed brilliantly in the league and three from four teams are again Rochdale champions. I would also like to thank Miss Ogden and Mrs Edwards for giving up their time to join team PE. The girls are very grateful and you are now part of the Netball team!”