Brookfield’s Sixth Form netball team are the new U19 North East Derbyshire Netball Champions.
Early in September, Henry Franshawe School hosted the U19 netball competition. Impressively, the Brookfield team - comprising Year 13 students and a large number of Year 12s who had only just started their post-16 studies - hadn’t managed to squeeze in a practice. PE teacher and netball coach Mrs Cooper commented: “I can’t therefore take much credit for the success! We knew rivals Tupton Hall and Dronfield HF had a few key players so were aware we were in for a few tough games.” In a close-fought first game against Dronfield, the Brookfield team showed some real determination and managed to convert some turn over ball in the last third to secure victory. The second game against Tupton was a more comfortable win: they had some great individual players but the connections that the Brookfield team had on court were superior and allowed us to dominate the game. All the girls played fantastically well, particularly as at times – lacking players in defensive roles - they played out of their normal positions. As a result, the win felt even more deserved.
The atmosphere was great and it was lovely to see - especially after the break due to the pandemic - so many Sixth Form girls involved in a local competitive tournament.
For the Year 13 team members, this will have been their last tournament; however, we are hoping to play a ‘friendly game’ prior to Christmas and there has been talk of a game against staff!
Pictured above: Left to right - Ruby Kerfoot, Ella Booker, Freya Hoskin, Olivia Myhill, Abi Potter, Hannah Lambert and Lily Essler
September ended with a fantastic sponsored walk in aid of Ashgate Hospice. The whole school community took part, students walking in mixed-age house groups with Years 12 and 13 walking last to support younger students along the way. Staff accompanied each group, with others marshalling the route to ensure a safe and fun end to the first month of the new school year. The route took walkers from school on a circuit via Linacre Reservoir and Ashgate.
As we go to press, more than £8000 has been pledged on the Just Giving page for the event... more than double the target.