U13 ISA Netball Tournament
With gusty winds and rain forecast all day, we set off to Ipswich to play in the ISA U13 Netball tournament outdoors at Ipswich High School. There were 9 teams competing for the top two positions for a place in the national finals.
The girls got off to a great start against Ipswich High School B once they had got the measure of the wind and decided that short passes and making sure they were immediately under the goal to score was to be the order of the day! There was high energy throughout with some excellent shooting from Maddie, Lily-Ella and Alex, who came on at half time, ably supported by Sara and Emily who demonstrated outstanding determination throughout the day. Gracie showed her athleticism with some great interceptions and Millie, Edith and Issy gave their all.
This pattern continued throughout the day with some moments of brilliance and despite losing only one match in the extended round robin format, the girls showed in the second half against Ipswich A (the overall winners) that they could quite easily match them.
The format was relentless, with very little time between matches and having to move courts all the time, the girls finished 2nd overall.
Langley Prep bt Ipswich High B 7 – 2
Langley Prep bt Finborough School A 4 – 2
Langley Prep bt Colchester High School 4 – 0
Langley Prep lost Ipswich High School A 4 – 8
Langley Prep bt Thorpe Hall 9 – 6
Langley Prep bt Sancton Wood 3 – 0
Langley Prep bt Stoke College 10 – 0
Langley Prep bt Finborough School B – 6 – 0

Unfortunately, for some reason, having played all the schools present, there were further games to play against the same schools to determine the overall final positions.
LPS@TH were drawn against Finborough A who they had already beaten, but the girls were not able to pull it off for a second time and lost by 4 goals to 7. This then put us in the third and fourth place play off against Thorpe Hall, who we had also beaten in the round robin and sadly the girls narrowly lost 1 – 3.
It was so near, yet so far for the girls and we felted incredibly disappointed for them as they had proved that they were easily capable of a position in the national finals, but sadly it was not to be this time.
On a positive note, there was a total of 55 goals scored in very difficult playing conditions and the girls should be really proud that they beat every team there bar one. It was a really hard lesson to learn today for the girls, having seen the chance of a national final slip away, but things move on, and on another occasion, it could have been a completely different story. Great effort, girls.
Lastly, a big thank you to the enthusiastic parents who turned up to support the girls and supply us with hot cups of tea and treats, and thank you Miss Olivia Williams for umpiring all day!

Team: Maddie B, Lily-Ella PH, Alex G, Ruby K, Sara B, Emily H, Millie HK, Edith D, Gracie C, Izzy S