The U16 and U19 County netball championships took place at Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City. A number of schools from across the county were competing to represent Hertfordshire in the regional championships in January.
The U19 age group involved four group games. The Broxbourne School team was made up entirely of Year 13 pupils, competing in the competition for the last time. All matches were competitive, with Broxbourne fighting out wins against all the opposition in their group: Parmiters 5 – 3; Simon Balle 5 – 3; St Albans School 9 – 5; Berkhamstead 8 – 6.
The team qualified for the semi-final, facing a strong and physical Goffs team. The game was extremely hard fought with Broxbourne edging to victory 7 – 4. The win in the semi-final ensured qualification for the regional championships for the first time since the team were in the U14 age group. In the final, St Albans High played some excellent netball, winning by 12 – 7, resulting in Broxbourne finishing runners-up.
Squad - Amba Gooden (c), Ella Jones, Georgia Sargent, Laura Singh, Olivia Stevens, Rebecca Thomas, Fiona Tuite, Lois Walker, Kiara Whelan
In the U16 age group, Broxbourne played some delightful netball; dazzling onlookers with their high level of skill and fluidity down the court. Six group games tested the squad of nine, winning five out of the six games:
- 14 – 3 win V Parmiters
- 20 – 3 win V Barnwell
- 15 – 2 win V Abbotts Hill
- 7 – 9 loss V St Albans High
- 17 – 5 win V Owens
- 11 – 7 win V Chauncy
Qualification for the semi-final meant a tough match against U14 national finalists St Edmunds College. Despite a courageous display by all members of the Broxbourne squad, St Edmunds were untouchable and finished comprehensive winners 15 – 6. In the third/fourth playoff, the girls’ rallied together to beat St Albans High to finish third in the county.
Squad - Heidi Bishop, Emily Carter, Abby Clark, Ellie Godsave, Charlotte Keys, Ellie Oswick (vc), Megan Thomas (c), Niamh Stevens, Ellie Wood
Well done to all pupils who took part and represented The Broxbourne School