Net gains sees Coton have a ball in county competition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 May 2017

High 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, winners Coton. Picture: Keith Heppell

High 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, winners Coton. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Popular tournament sees top four qualify for School Games

High 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, Linton Heights Runners-Up . Picture: Keith HeppellHigh 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, Linton Heights Runners-Up . Picture: Keith Heppell

Coton Primary School were the winners of the South Cambs School Sports Partnership High 5’s Netball League A Team Shield.

Sixteen primary schools competed in the event at Impington Village College, and they were split into four pools to determine whether they qualified into Division One, Two, Three or Four for the next round.

Coton and Linton Heights won all their group matches to qualify for Division One, and were joined by Steeple Morden and Pendragon.

Three teams finished with two wins from three games, but the title went to Coton by one more point and a superior goal difference. All four teams qualify for the county finals.

High 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, Linton Heights Runners-Up . Picture: Keith HeppellHigh 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, Linton Heights Runners-Up . Picture: Keith Heppell

Oakington were fifth but received the Spirit of the Games award for their team spirit, their team support and the respect they showed to the umpires and opposition.

Claire McDonnell, the South Cambs SSP manager, said: “Our annual High 5 Netball League is our most popular competition of the year with a record number of 57 teams from 32 schools taking part in the league rounds this year, it really does just get bigger and better.

“The standard of netball in the A team shield finals this year was exceptional, I don’t think I have seen primary school netball played to such a high standard.

“I must thank Impington and Comberton Village Colleges for hosting the finals nights and of course our amazing sports leaders who gave up their time to help umpire all of the matches and manage the score table.

High 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, and fair play award to Oakington . Picture: Keith HeppellHigh 5 Netball League Finals Tournament -A Team Shield, at Impington Village College, and fair play award to Oakington . Picture: Keith Heppell

“They really did an outstanding job this year. We always have a core group of leaders from the host schools but this year we were delighted to have young umpires join us from Bassingbourn, Cambourne, St Bedes and Swavesey Village Colleges as well as members of our County Young Coach Academy.

“It’s great of them to give up their evenings and to volunteer their time in support of events such as this, I’ve said it before but we really couldn’t run events like this without them. ”

William Westley were the winners of the Cambridge School Sports Partnership High 5’s Netball League.

St Albans A were second and Newnham Croft were third, with St Philips the winners of the Spirit of the Games award.

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