Over 80 young East Devon netball players dodged each other and some wintry showers as they contested for the 2018 East Devon High 5s Netball title
Young netballers from across East Devonís network of over 50 Primary schools took part in the 2018 East Devon School School GamesYear 5 & 6 High 5 Netball finals on Wednesday 7th March.
The teams reconvened for the re-arranged finals after the previous weekís extreme weather had put paid to the original event scheduled for 28th February. Teams had won through local cluster qualifying rounds held in The Axe Valley, Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Sidmouth and Culm Valley Learning Communities as part of The 2017-18 Devon School Games programme.
There were some very close results in the pool games which eventually saw Sampford Peverell Primary School, Willand Primary School, Brixington Primary School, Upottery Primary School, Sidmouth Primary School, St Peterís C of E Primary School, Tipton St John Primary School and Honiton Primary School make up the quarter final listings. Third place pool finishers; St Maryís Saints, Culmstock and St Maryís All Stars progressed to the plate competition.
Following some competitive yet highly sporting matches, Sampford Peverell, St Peterís, Brixington and Honiton emerged as the semi Ėfinalists. The plate competition was won by Culmstock Primary School who played some super netball in their final game against St Maryís Saints.
The semi-finals of the main competition provided two very good matches, with Brixington eventually edging out Sampford Peverell 3-1 and St Peterís hitting some form to beat Honiton 6-2 to take the second spot in the East Devon Final and set up an all Exmouth Final for the second consecutive year. In a close final which was all square at half Ėtime St Peterís found their goal touch in the second half netting four times to take the 2018 title. Well done to both teams who qualify as East Devonís representatives at The Devon Winter School Games finals in Paignton on March 22nd.
Schools were asked to consider the School Games values during their matches and were awarded points for Fair Play and their ability to demonstrate The School Games values of Teamwork, Self Belief, Honesty, Determination, Passion and Respect by the match umpires. Congratulations to Sidmouth Primary School who topped the Spirit of the Games points chart.
Huge congratulations should go to all teams on demonstrating such team spirit and effort levels throughout the afternoon all players were a credit to their schools.
Thank you to staff, parents and helpers for their assistance with the smooth running of the event and a special thank you to the team of Kingís School Sports Leaders who undertook a long stint of umpiring.
Full results from the event can be viewed by clicking below:
By Kevin Moran on 7th Mar 18