Cranleigh Prep U12’s has a fantastic finish to their netball season this year medalling in both their major competitions this term. Due to the weather conditions everything was squeezed into one week, with Surrey finals coming first.
Having comfortably qualified earlier in the term, we knew the finals would be a difficult job competing against some very strong, talented Senior Schools from across Surrey but the girls made it to the semi final after beating Surbiton High, Wallington, Putney High, St Catherine’s and Croydon in the initial stages.
In the semi they faced a well drilled Guildford High School team and, through the turn of one centre pass, the score ended 7-5 in Guildford’s favour. Not to be disheartened the girls hyped themselves back up for their 3rd/4th play off against a talented Epsom team who they’d lost to earlier in the day.
The girls showed some true grit and determination and took the very close game to the wire but came out on the right side of 7-6 scoreline meaning they were Bronze medalists- the best finish from any Cranleigh team across both schools.
The very next day the girls travelled to Basildon for the IAPS National Finals which they had narrowly qualified for earlier in the week; this would be the 3rd out of three tournaments the girls had that week and they were certainly starting to feel the fatigue catching up with them.
A slow start in the initial stages meant they finished their group in 5th position but, due to a withdrawal, meant they moved into 4th place and took a place in the Plate semi-final against Millfield. Undeniably the most exciting match of the day, the girls coped well with the pressure and awful weather and went goal for goal with Milfield until an error on the centre pass meant Milfield were able to take the lead and the score finished 8-5.
A similar feeling to the day before, the girls knew they had unfinished business on the court so in their 3rd/4th play off produced some outstanding netball which left Dumpton trailing throughout, the final score Cranleigh 9, Dumpton 2.
Sam Houghton, coach says “This was an incredible week for the U12 girls, with lots of victories but also lots of lessons learnt. There is an exiting future ahead for this group of girls”.