Match Report
Oundle School 1st VII vs  NATIONAL SCHOOLS COUNTY ROUNDS
On: Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021
Venue: at Home

Last week, Oundle's netball 1st team stepped back out on the court, ready to earn a spot at regionals. Having missed out on the opportunity of regionals last year everyone was so excited to grab hold of this opportunity again. We've been training hard over the last few weeks, preparing for this tournament, trying out different combinations, and working at getting the ball into the circle. Now we just had to make it count!

First up was NSB. Being our first game of the tournament, we wanted to start well. At half-time, we had a comfortable lead, and wanted to ensure that we could maintain this lead as we went into the second half. Lots of turnovers meant that the shooters were given lots of opportunities to widen our lead, resulting in a 15-2 win. We started as we meant to go on! This gave us great confidence going into our second game against Prince William School. Oundle really came into their own in this game and Daisy Riddell and Lucy Searro shot superbly, coming out with a 17-2 win. Our next game proved to be much more competitive as we faced Sponne. Despite the occasional elbows they received from their opposition, out of sight of the umpire, Matty Somerville-Cotton and Lucy Thacker-Martin kept their heads high and were reliable in getting the ball swiftly from defence through to the shooters. The gap was very close, promising a nail-biting end few minutes. However, our outstanding defence made crucial turnovers, allowing us to secure a narrow win of 11-10. We were then faced with Wellingborough. We were keen to keep up our winning streak. It was clear that as the afternoon went on, we were playing better and better as a team. Wellingborough put up a good fight and at times the score was very even, however, towards the end of the second half we pulled ahead, being rewarded with a 10-7 win. Finally, we faced Bishop's Stopford, for our last game of the tournament. We started this match well, but were careful not to become too complacent, as a lot can change very quickly in a netball match. However, determined to finish the day with a clean sweep, Oundle up their game and managed to secure a final win of 14-10.

It was a great afternoon, in which Oundle showed to be a very competitive side, with the ball flowing smoothly down the court and our defence working hard to keep the ball out of the circle. It sets us up really well for the regional finals in January where we are ready to fight for a position in the national finals.