All three of Truro School’s netball teams have once again beat tough competition in County tournaments to make it through to the South West Regionals.
The Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 A Teams will be making their way up to Marlborough School in January, with their fingers crossed that this is the year they make it through to Nationals.
This is the second year running that all three possible teams have qualified for Regionals and preparations for the competition are now well underway.
Sonya Newton, Head of Netball at Truro School and Head Coach for the Under 14’s, says that the intense training will begin after Christmas, with extra training sessions being held at lunchtimes and after school.
“We have been doing some across age group training sessions which really benefits the younger players in under 14’s. For the older teams, we’ve made sure they are training at high intensity and we have training matches that will push them before the regionals” says Mrs Newton.
During this term, the teams have seen themselves play against some very strong out of county netball teams, travelling to Millfield in Somerset and Maynard School in Exeter, which will have helped prepare them for the regional competition they will face in January.
Mollie, Captain of the Under 18s, says: “We’re quite sheltered here in Cornwall so it’s nice to be exposed to how other schools play, that’s what makes the competition exciting.”
When asked what the key to success is within the team, Mollie, Emily (Captain of under 16s) and Rosie (Captain of under 14s), stated that ‘positivity, communication, and teamwork’ are the key elements.
“If you’re negative then there’s no way you’re going to get anywhere, you have to aim high,” says Rosie.
The girls will be travelling up to Marlborough the night before the Regionals, allowing them to meet the participating teams the night before and join in with confidence building and team building exercises, leaving them prepared to go out on the court the following day.
“For the first time ever, the regionals were held in Camborne last year, and whilst we thought we would benefit from being at home, myself and the other coaches actually realised it’s the opposite. We will have more time as a team doing the overnight stay this time and we should benefit more from that preparation,” says Mrs Newton.
Last year’s regional success: http://www.truroschool.com/golden-generation-prepare-for-regional-showdown/