Tanya Venkatesh and Jessica Subbaraman
Grade 9 UWCSEA Dover
This year’s SEA Netball Tournament was set to be filled with more excitement than ever as players returned from the off-season more experienced, filled with enthusiasm and resolute. Three weeks in season have proved to help the U19 Netball Phoenix girls bond very well as they went on to snatch first place for the first time in eight years. The girls played remarkably well on the two days of the tournament. Backing up the strong team performance that secured them first place, one of the two MVP awards for the tournament went Phoenix player and team Captain, Georgia Moody.
The Phoenix girls showed integrity and grit to achieve the elite play needed to become champions. The level of intensity shown by the team was jaw dropping as they remained undefeated throughout the entire tournament. They beat eight-time-champions Tanglin Trust School (TTS) 10-8, and won in the finals by three points against the Singapore Sports School, taking the match 8-5. The girls were in form and their single-mindedness payed off as they won most of their matches by large margins.
The hard work that the girls have put in over the past three weeks and the pre-season has rewarded them with the title they have longed for. For two seniors, Saloni Dayal and Georgia Moody, this was the last trophy in Netball they would bring home as a representative of UWCSEA.
While the U19 A girls cruised towards their mega-achievement, the young and incredibly promising B team played in the U16’s division placed sixth out of the 20 teams. They had a challenging start, barely managing the win against Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School. With many of their teammates away on Project Week, the team, played extremely well, bonding with the last-minute replacements. Although, the team that turned up on Saturday hadn’t trained together ever before, the girls adjusted to help each other throughout the tournament. In the end, Maya Raivadera, a volunteere taking the place of one of the missing team members, was voted as most valued player.
While he U19 girls take with them the pride of bestowing the prestigious title on the school, the U16 girls have their eyes on the prize at the 2017 SEA Netball Tournament. The players would like to thank their coach, Mandy Neil, for the incredible coaching. The Captain Georgia Moody and Co- Caption Saloni Dayal did an amazing job and motivated the team throughout the whole tournament. We will miss them very much next season.
U19 Phoenix Champions : Georgia Moody, Saloni Dayal, Tyrel O’Sullivan, Emma Motteram, Jessica Subbaraman, Caitlin Pawley, Hattie Nelligan, Hannah Pollard, Molly Reeve, Alva Zinser and Shukura Babirye