13 Feb 2020
Sporting highlights from week ending 14 February 2020

With severe weather warnings in place last weekend and the imminent arrival of storm Ciara we were delighted that Saturday dawned beautifully bright and sunny. Warm conditions with a gentle breeze provided perfect conditions for the South West Schools Cross Country, this year on home turf at Kings Park, Bournemouth. With five girls from Sherborne Girls selected to race for Dorset we were keen to ensure they were well prepared. The girls were racing in an incredibly competitive environment and for some this was their first experience of competition at this level. They all rose to the challenge and put in commendable performances. Special mention must go to Birdie who was the 3rd Dorset runner home earning a place alongside Marianna at the Nationals in March. The girls followed this performance on Thursday with a strong team win at Kingswood, Bath for the Intermediates and second place for the Seniors.

The Dorset Schools County Badminton Championships also took place in Bournemouth this week and Sherborne Girls were delighted to qualify for this event. Annie, Izzy, Katie and Willow played exceptionally well finishing in a very creditable 3rd place in the U16 category.

Saturday afternoon saw the playing fields awash with colour and a hive of activity as Sherborne Girls hosted a triangular lacrosse match against St Helen & St Katharine and Monmouth School for Girls. The games were fantastic to watch, particularly the U18 matches which were fast paced and physical as the players fought for possession and looked to create opportunities for a strike on goal. The visiting teams were very evenly matched against our own and several of the results were only separated by a goal which made for an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all the players.

Our junior teams had a mid-week netball fixture against Hanford. The U13A lost 14-18 in what was a very even match for the first three quarters with the score going goal to goal. The fourth quarter, however, saw Hanford run away with a 5-goal lead. With a number of girls poorly in West the U13B team had to draft in some new players and there were some very fine performances as a result, particularly from Mary and Mar who stepped up to shoot so admirably. The team came away with a 10-6 win. The seniors were less fortunate in their netball matches against Marlborough who unlike their lacrosse teams, proved to be very tough competition on the netball court.

Our burgeoning football team took on The Gryphon School on Tuesday in far from ideal conditions. A bumpy pitch combined with a gusting wind down the length of the pitch made play difficult, but the girls created some good chances. BeBe showed her vision with some probing passes, Nikki battled hard throughout the game in mid-field and forwards Mia and Alice looked dangerous but didn’t quite manage to put the opposing goalkeeper under enough pressure to score. Eve had her work cut out in goal and made some impressive saves. The final score line (0-4) didn’t do the game justice but against a much more experienced team this was a very positive result.

Players of the Week

  • Tilly Spivey who scored a brilliant last-minute winner in the 1st X Lacrosse game against Monmouth School for Girls.
  • Ella Clancy who scored 17 out her Netball 4th team’s 20 goals in the match versus Marlborough College.

Teams of the Week

  • The Senior Badminton team who performed extremely well in their match against Millfield School.
  • The U15B Netball team who had an outstanding result against a strong Marlborough College team.