WHITBY Community College’s year 10 netballers had a successful afternoon at the Scarborough and Ryedale District Tournament.
The event was well supported, meaning entrants were placed in one of two pools for the preliminary matches.
With four teams to play in their pool, Whitby Community College knew they would have tough competition to overcome if they were to make it to the semi-finals.
Whitby found their stride early and a 6-1 win against St Augustine’s raised their confidence. Their second game resulted in an impressive 9-0 win over hosts Ryedale.
Debbie Raw (WD) and Charlotte Smith (GD) made their passes look effortless and worked effectively in keeping a clean sheet.
Norton proved to be tough competition in the game that followed but they failed to break down the agility and speed of Charity Swales, Sarah Thompson and Sophie Knight who owned the centre court.
They dodged into space, made some fantastic passes then broke free.
Scalby were next in line and the girls had little time to get their breath back after a fast-paced and frenzied display of netball against Norton. Scalby put on a dominant display from the offset and took an early 4-0 lead but some fantastic shooting from Izzy Shackleton and Millie Stonehouse saw Whitby even the scores by half time.
Scalby proved resilient and upped their game, eventually taking the game 8-4. Luckily, Whitby had done enough to secure a place in the semi-finals and went through along with Scalby. In pool B, Malton and Ryedale proved victorious.
Whitby were drawn against Malton. The centre court players remained calm under pressure, playing controlled and accurate passes consistently. Goal attack Rebecca Laffan was on form and hit some impressive shots from the circle edge.
Together, Rebecca and team-mate Izzy Shackleton (GS) worked the circle tactically, reading one another’s movements superbly.
Emily Hansell played a strong game at WD, making some crucial interceptions, returning play back into Whitby’s favour.
Millie Stonehouse made her debut as GD; she used her height to perfection, seeing off some strong attacking play.
In the second half, Alice Hill (GK) took a nasty fall but was determined to continue and did the team proud dominating in the circle, claiming the rebounds and applying pressure.
The girls were hungry for a place in the final and secured it in style, beating Malton 5-2, to face Scalby again.
The girls must be commended on their attitude at having to play a team that had defeated them 15 minutes previously.
They approached the game with determination and positivity. The girls knew what to expect and this time worked as a cohesive unit, playing some delightful netball.
At half-time Scalby had taken a 2-1 lead. The second half saw the rain hammer down and with it Scalby came alive. Both sides put up a fight and Whitby dug deep throughout the deluge but Scalby came out on top and were the deserving winners.
The college’s PE department members Julie Mastrolonardo and Anna Welford were extremely proud of the girls and their commitment to training and the club.