On Saturday 25 March 2017, Bowdon Prep competed in the ISA National Junior Netball Competition, after qualifying as regional winners at the recent north ISA tournament. The event took place at the prestigious Oundle School in Peterborough, where we were drawn against the best Year 6 netball teams from other independent schools from across the country. We played some superb netball to win all our games in our group, including beating the southern champions in our first match.
Lingfield College - won 11-7
St Margaret's - won 10-2
Alton Convent - won 4-3
Gatehouse School - won 12-0
St Edward's - won 21-0
As we won our group, we received a 'bye' to the semi-finals where we faced Falkner House. This was expected to be a close semi-final, however, our Year 6 pupils seemed to find another gear. They worked together and produced some outstanding netball and proved how decisive and attacking they were with their play. The final result was 11-2 to Bowdon and a place in the National Finals.
Hale Prep School had also qualified for the competition and it was the school from around the corner that we faced in the finals! The players know each other well from many school fixtures and club netball. However, Bowdon took their netball to another level and showed everyone why they deserve to be National Champions. The final whistle blew and we were victorious with a 7-4 win!
Throughout the entire competition, our Year 6 Bowdon team played at a standard that surpassed their years. They demonstrated a desire to win and attacked and defended with such determination and focus. Their team spirit allowed them to work for and with each other and they proved to be worthy National Champions! It truly was a proud day for the girls, their parents and the staff at Bowdon Prep.
Huge congratulations to the Year 6 National Netball Champions: Beatrice, Bella, Bette, Eva, Imaan, Izzy, Karina, Louise and Zara - and of course Mrs Hughes and Mrs Baxter.