Bronze for Girls' Under 11A rounders team at National Finals

After playing in 4 Elimination IAPS (The Independent Association of Prep Schools) Match Rounds earlier this term and not losing one game, St George's Junior School Under 11A Rounders Team were put through to the National Finals Tournament on Thursday 22 June.

The first match that was played was the semi finals. This match was against Bedford School. After a quick toss and team talk with Director of Sport at the Junior School, Mrs Waters, St George's were batting first. The highest scorer was Olivia Wolf, who managed to score a remarkable 3 rounders in 4 balls. Overall the girls scored 6 Rounders. Next up - fielding. Unfortunately, Bedford School scored more rounders than we did in the first innings, and in St George's second innings batting, Bedford School fielded clinically leading to us scoring only 2 ½ rounders, which added up to a total of 8 ½ rounders. Since we didn’t score as many rounders as Bedford did in their first innings, we didn’t have to field a second innings, and sadly we lost this game.

Despite our loss in the semi finals, we kept positive and went into the 3rd / 4th play offs with high hopes.

We could still salvage 3rd place from the tournament. We were up against Brighton College for this match. After yet another toss and team talk, the girls were up to bat first again. The highest scorer this time was Daisy Feast, who scored 3 ½ rounders and in total our team scored a big total of 14 Rounders. Next, the girls went in to field and after getting the whole Brighton College team out for just 9 ½ rounders, St George's had won the first innings. In the second innings St George's batted first again and scored another 12 rounders, with the highest scorer this time Sienna Wootton. This meant that unless Brighton College could score 16 ½ rounders in their 2nd batting innings, St George's would win the match. They only managed to score 7 ½ rounders, meaning that the girls of St George's had won the play off by 9 rounders and had won a Bronze National Medal.

Well done to all members of the team, especially the three Year 5 pupils who played up a year. Coming 3rd was an extremely good achievement considering that it was St George’s first time in the National final and we had learnt a total of 5 new rules for next year. St George's would also like to thank Mrs Waters and Miss Pratten for all of the coaching and travelling that they did to get the girls to this point.

3 July 2017

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