Over eight hundred RGS Worcester spectators watched their ‘Girls in Green’ lift the University of Worcester Superball trophy for the fourth time in the five-year history of the event.
The annual Netball fixture at the University of Worcester Arena ended 54 – 46 to RGS Worcester.
The players competed in a brilliant first quarter where both teams displayed skill, dynamism and commitment, with King’s School taking the edge one goal up at the end of the first quarter 12-13.
In the second quarter, the RGS team changed Lottie Atkinson to Goal Shooter and moved Jemma Moseley to Centre, with Emily Seymour-Perry to Wing Defence. After going down by 5, the RGS girls demonstrated outstanding resilience and strength with some great individual contributions from all of the team members to bring it back to a draw for the quarter score. The Half time score was 24-25 to King’s.
After half time, the RGS team increased the tempo, improved their precision and showed their strength to win the quarter 15-7, taking the lead as they entered the last quarter 39-32.
In the final quarter, RGS demonstrated fast-flowing netball, uncompromising defending and pin-sharp shooting. The passion and relentlessness of the team was impressive and the pace of attack was too much for King’s to contain as RGS Worcester completed the match with a 54-46 victory and, in doing so, achieved the highest score of any team in the history of the competition.
Supporters witnessed a fantastic event to celebrate the success of girls’ sport. Professor Green, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University presented the trophy and, when RGS Worcester Captain, Emma Brinkley, lifted the University of Worcester trophy the applause around the Arena was tremendous.
The second team also enjoyed the experience of playing at the Arena earlier in the day and Lower School pupils had the opportunity to dance in the Arena during the intervals.
Head of Netball at RGS, Emma Pollard said “Supporters have witnessed two superb matches this afternoon. Both sides showed skill, dynamism and commitment, which I am sure will have converted many novice Netball spectators to the game. It was absolutely wonderful to see the teams setting such a fine example for women’s sport on Mother’s Day and‘Superball’ has also raised a significant amount of money for Cancer Research UK.”
Headmaster, John Pitt, commented, “This was an extremely enjoyable event with Netball played at the highest level. The girls have had a superb season, reaching the National Finals for the first time, and now crowning the season as ‘Superball’ Champions again. It is difficult to imagine a school Netball match anywhere in the country attracting well over 1,000 spectators and my thanks to the University for supporting this event. Well done to both teams and sets of coaches for staging another great exhibition of girls’ sport in Worcester.”