U14 season-ending netball tour proves a huge hit

Sidmouth netball summer tour

Sidmouth netball summer tour - Credit: Clare Johnson

As the netball season came to an end there was one last hurrah for the Sidmouth Under-14 girls, as they headed off to Brean Sands, Burnham for two days of fun, both on and off the court.   

Blessed with the excitement of brand new netball courts, a theme park, water park and fantastic caravans and lodges on site, the girls were in for an absolute treat.    

The team was superbly led by their coach Sally Eade and the girls got off to a challenging start, courtesy of facing the two best teams in the tournament in their first three matches. Undeterred, they arrived on court for match four feeling united as a team and keen to do well – the result was a 4-3 win over Brookshaw Pepsi in incredibly windy conditions.  

As much as they would have liked to have continued with another win, the last match of the day saw the girls up against a very strong Abbey Flyers team, losing 2-12 at the final whistle but still a great learning experience on the court. 

After some well-deserved fun in the water and theme parks, the girls were ready to take the experience from the first day on to court. Once again, the day began with the girls facing some incredibly well drilled oppositions, leading to some early losses.  

However, by game four, in challenging conditions, the girls were on fire when facing local rivals Dart NC. A tight game in attack and defence led to a well-deserved 7-4 victory. The whole team were exuberant to finish on such a high – placing 8th out of 10 as the tour came to an end. 

Given our girls had only had two sessions together as a team prior to the tour, both the coaches and players were very proud of their achievements. There remains lots to build on next season when they get back on court in September but for team bonding, resilience and experience the tour was a huge success and certainly something to work towards for next year. 

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Until then, it is time to enjoy a wonderful summer break.