What a day of netball and amazing sportsmanship!
Tuesday September 9th saw Ms Huntly and some parent drivers/supporters head to Melbourne with a team of 10 students from Years 5 and 6. The boys and girls in this team had been training for the last term and a half to prepare for the Netball Victoria Primary Schools Competition and were very excited for the day to arrive!
After the slow drive to Melbourne through the morning rush hour traffic – despite leaving at 6am! – our students began playing what was to be a very long day of netball. In our pool draw we played 7 games with 2 x 6 minute halves and a 1 minute half time break. We began the day looking one game at a time…. but as we went on we started to get a little excited. See if you can guess why:
- Game 1: Korumburra wins 10 – 3
- Game 2: Korumburra wins 7 – 5
- Game 3: Korumburra wins 15 – 0
- Game 4: Korumburra wins 6 – 5
- Game 5: Korumburra wins 13 – 0
- Game 6: Korumburra wins 3 – 2
- Game 7: Korumburra wins 7 – 6
Following these results, we were on top of the ladder and had to play off in the semi finals against the number 2 team in Pool A. That game was close as well, with Korumburra pulling ahead in the last few minutes to win the game 8 – 6.
What did this mean? For the first time in 3 years the KPS team had made it to the Grand Final! We were playing against the top team from Pool A. We were pumped, nervous and excited. But despite our best efforts, we just couldn’t make our tired bodies keep up the relentless effort we asked – at the end of the final Korumburra found itself with the lower score: 5 – 8. Unfortunately we did not walk away with the “Premiership”, but we do hold the right to say we are the 2nd best mixed primary netball team in the state!
As an added bonus to the day, Melbourne Vixen player Liz Watson was around for the afternoon and became friendly with the KPS team, signing autographs and even agreeing to come and watch us play the semi final and final (which she did!). She also presented us with our medals and was kind enough to sign them before we left. Thanks for the time Liz – we can’t wait to see you play on court for the Vixens again next ANZ Championship season!A note from Ms Huntly – As a coach and teacher, I must congratulate the team on the effort they gave today. All members of the team were not only encouraging, supportive and enthusiastic throughout the day to each other but also to the other teams they played against. They displayed wonderful sportsmanship and were amazingly mature and responsible ambassadors of our school. I was very proud to be able to say I was the coach of the Korumburra Primary team today. It was a lot of fun and excitement – especially with meeting Liz Watson – and I’m sure the team will remember it as a great day out!