HelKat history had already been made with all three age groups – U14, U16 and U19 – qualifying for the regional netball finals; very few schools had a team representing its county in all three age groups.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition for wind and rain to be present at the regional finals! But despite the poor conditions towards the end of the day the squads played exceptionally well, demonstrating excellent team work.
The U19s and U16s were both very close to qualifying to the knockout stages, both finishing 3rd in their groups, facing competition from well-established netballing schools including Wellington College, Hurst and Brighton College. The coaches’ player for the U16s was Hatty (Year 11) and for the U19s was Ellen (Upper Sixth).
Opening game nerves were overcome by the U14s who were crowned regional champions and qualified for the nationals in March. They really showed their class and maturity during the semi-finals and finals, beating tough competition from Beaconsfield High and Hurst. The coaches’ player was Lili (Year 9) who made some outstanding interceptions and brought the ball down the court with ease.