Keswick School Netballers Celebrate Double Success


Year 7 and 8 netball players at Keswick School are celebrating after both teams won the Allerdale and Copeland District Netball Tournaments for their age group. 

The Year 7 team who have had an extremely successful season were rewarded for their hard work in a tournament, held at Keswick School on 8th March. The team progressed through the group stages with wins against Workington Academy and St Josephs, but unfortunately lost against Cockermouth. They qualified for the semi-finals as runners up in their pool and faced a competent team from Nelson Thomlinson, who had progressed as winners of pool B. It was an incredibly close game and as the whistle was blown for full time, the scores were tied. An additional 3 minutes each way were played and at the end of this, Keswick were the winners and therefore progressed through to the final against Solway, who had knocked Cockermouth out in the other semi-final. With each of the top four teams in the tournament having lost one game, we knew that the final was going to be close, but Keswick kept their composure and played their best netball of the season to win 9-5. PE teacher Kate Stephen said ‘the Year 7 team have been really dedicated throughout the whole season with around 30 pupils regularly attending after school practices. They are a group of really talented players and throughout the tournament, it was great to see them improving from to match to match, and grow in confidence.’ Keswick School also entered a further 2 teams in the B teams tournament, where Keswick B were second and Keswick C were fourth. 

A week later and it was the turn of the Year 8 netball team in their tournament, also held at Keswick School. Keswick were drawn in a very competitive pool and after a solid win over West Lakes Academy, Keswick faced St Benedicts and Cockermouth; two teams they have had close matches with earlier this season. The quality of the netball was excellent from all teams, but Keswick were fiercely determined and their efforts were rewarded. The final match of the pool was against St Josephs who have a very competent Year 8 team. Keswick knew that this would be the toughest match of the tournament and they had to work really hard to exert an influence in what was a competitive and fast paced game. At the end of the first half Keswick were trailing by two goals, but following a team talk and the implementation of some defensive strategies, they pulled away and won the match and the group to qualify for the semi-final. Spirits were high and the Keswick side was brimming with confidence and therefore put in a convincing performance in the semi-final against Solway to progress to the final. Meanwhile, St Josephs put up a good fight to beat Nelson Thomlinson in the other semi-final. Knowing that St Josephs would be desperate to level the score in the final, as well as retain their title from last year, Keswick knew that they would have to work hard and not get complacent in the final but the girls showed exceptional skill, again playing their best netball of the season, to win 10-1. Kate Stephen (PE teacher) said “the Year 8 team have always been a very competent set of players and they thoroughly deserved to win this tournament. St Josephs have a very good Year 8 team and our defence had to work particularly hard. As well as good competition and an excellent performance from our girls, it was great to see them working well together; the support and teamwork skills that they showed for each other was fantastic.” As well as the A team, Keswick also entered a B and C team who were second and fifth respectively.