Our thanks to parent Jo Bennett for her comprehensive match report of the EPSSA P7 Netball Tournament, below:-
The Dean Park P7 Netball team enjoyed a fun and challenging inter-schools tournament on Friday 8 December. The event was hosted by Edinburgh Primary Schools Sports Association (EPSSA) and was held at the impressive Oriam Sports facility. Twelve state and independent primary schools from across Edinburgh fielded teams for the event.
The first stage of the competition saw group matches, with Dean Park vying Corstorphine and Heriots for a place in the quarter-finals.
This was Dean Park’s first competitive outing since June and there was a noticeable improvement in the girls’ skills, teamwork and match play today, testament the the work being put in at Wednesday after-school club training. With the calibre of players so high, Miss Lawrie and Miss Thomson were spoiled for choice as to which girls to field in each match.
In their first match, Dean Park did well to hold a typically strong Corstorphine team to 3-3 after an exciting first half. In the second half, Corstorphine’s front-line experience showed as they pushed in 2 more goals before the whistle, with a final scoreline of 3-5.
The Dean Park girls kept their heads up for their second group match against Heriots and really got into their stride, pulling off a comfortable 5-0 victory.
In this match, midfield (C Iona, WA Katie, WD Sophie, WD Jodie) showed great co-ordination and spacing, repeatedly pushing the ball up the court for more attempts on goal. The frontline girls all made important contributions with GA Olivia, GS Libby and GS Ava all netting one goal apiece and GA Lexie scoring two phenomenal “basketball” style goals from awkward shooting positions. The defensive team of GK Orla and GD Ella achieved an impressive clean sheet, intercepting and reversing almost every Heriot’s ball that came their way.
The girls were delighted to progress to the Quarter Finals and were drawn against a feisty St Peters PS team. This match was an end-to-end nail-biter, finishing 2-2 at full time. Extra time also proved almost impossible to split the teams and a scoreline of 4-4 with only one minute remaining. Despite a spirited effort by Dean Park, St Peters were able to sneak in a clinching goal moments before full-time.
It was wonderful to see so many girls enjoying the tournament. Such is the current popularity of netball in Edinburgh schools that the organisers had to turn away applicants for this event. With this in mind, EPSSA are reviewing the format of the summer league to enable greater participation. Based on today’s performance, the Dean Park girls should feel optimistic and motivated for the Summer!