With their first attempt at this tournament cancelled due to rain, Friday 15th February was the year 7 County Plate at Kettering Bucclech Academy, this time the sun was shining and Sponne were ready for the challenge.
With five others teams in our pool these first games were against Moulton, Northampton School for Girls, Pitsford, Lodge Park Academy and Kettering Buccleuch Academy and our girls didn’t disappoint. Despite a slow start the girls soon settled and found their rhythm. Sponne’s strength in defence meant only 2 goals were let in over all five games. Throughout the morning, our shooting circle and communication increased and more opportunities were opened up for Sponne to score. This put Sponne top of Pool A and in the Semis playing for the top four places.
Semi Final was against Sir Christopher Hatton, a few nerves had kicked in and Sponne struggled to keep position in the first half with just two goals scored. Back to the court in the second half our confidence soon reappeared and with some great timing down the centre court and defence working hard to keep Hatton’s shooters out of circle, Sponne finished 6-1.
Through to the Final we were back up against Northampton School for Girls who we had already beaten, but who had proven to be our hardest game and the only team we conceded goals to in the first round. Sponne started with a mixture of emotions and this resulted in a messy final; however some clean interceptions and tight marking to inforce errors from opponents made sure Sponne kept their lead from the start finishing a very close 5-4.
Congratulations to all girls and well deserved.
Next up, the County Cup!
Sponne Results as follows:
Sponne v Moulton - 6 – 0
Sponne v NSG - 7 – 2
Sponne v Pitsford - 14 – 0
Sponne v LPA - 8 – 0
Sponne v KBA - 8 – 0
Sponne v Sir Christopher Hatton - 6 – 1 (Semi Final)
Sponne v NSG - 5 – 4 (Final)