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National Schools Finals 2016

The 2016 National Schools Finals were once again held in the grounds of the beautiful Roedean School in Brighton on Saturday 19th March.

Despite the overcast conditions and the cool sea air there was no shortage of excitement as the teams arrived.

As teachers and parents arrived to set up their base camps for the day, the gazebos flew up and the girls from every team and age group took to court to warm up.The buzz for the day was already in place as 9.15am came to signal the start of the first games.

Throughout the day, the wonderful team of umpires commented on the fantastic level of play on court across all three age groups. As the day went on and games and pools got more competitive, swarms of people were gathered around the results televisions eager to know where their school were placed.

After a full day of excellent netball, it came to the semi-finals and finals.

After a full day of excellent netball, it came to the semi-finals and in the Under 14 section, Guildford High, Millfield School, Berkhamsted School and St Edmunds College battled it out to reach the final.In the final, Berkhamsted School managed to beat Guildford High by 10 goals to 6 and become Under 14 National Champions.

The Under 16 category finished in a battle between Grammar School at Leeds and Oldham Hulme Grammar after they’d edged out Wirral Grammar and Aylesbury High in the semi-final stage.Grammar School at Leeds put in a fantastic performance to take the title and beat Oldham Hulme 10-4.

The Under 19 finals were an emotionally charged event as it would be many of the girls playing in this category’s last shot at the title.The final four teams left in the competition were Beaconsfield High, Brighton College, Fallibroome Academy and Grammar School at Leeds. Grammar School at Leeds managed two titles in one day as the Under 19 side narrowly beat Beaconsfield High 10-9 in the final.

We would like to congratulate all the teams that qualified for National Schools Finals 2016 from East:

Berkhamsted who came 1st in U14 category.

St Edmunds College overall 4th in U14 category.

St Albans High School for Girls came 7th in U16 category

King John School 15th in U16 category.

Berkhamsted 5th overall in U19 category.

Norwich 11th in U19 category.

A special mention to Berkhamsted U14 who came 1st overall in the country. Congratulations!