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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Water Polo National Finals

On Thursday 17th March Miss Montgomery and Miss Wilson travelled to Northampton with eight girls, in preparation for the Water Polo National Finals, which the team had qualified for. After a challenging journey the team arrived at Northampton School for Boys, all members of the party were incredibly impressed with the sports facilities the school had. During the first game St Mary’s competed against Notting Hill and Ealing High and continued the fine form they demonstrated in the qualifying rounds with a 6-2 win.

The majority of goals came from captain Jess Robb backed up by outstanding play all round, particularly in defence from Grace Craddock. During the second game circumstances became more challenging as St Mary’s faced a solid Kesteven and Grantham team. Some outstanding play from Kesteven meant St Mary’s winning streak over the last few games came to an unfortunate end despite a tremendous defensive effort from Izzy Robb and Leah Hulme. However, smiles quickly returned to the girls faces as they realised that despite this loss they had still qualified for the semi-finals.

The semi-final match was played against Alleyn’s school and this sadly too came to a disappointing end despite tremendous effort from the team and most noticeably Hannah Sheehan. The score finished at 4-2 leaving St Mary’s in the play off for third place. In the play-off St Mary’s found themselves up against King’s School from Warwick who had played tremendously throughout the tournament and presented tough competition. Fortunately, following some great attacking play and goals from Kate Flaherty and Kate Rowland backed up by superb commitment from Charly Wrigley saw St Mary’s win the game and claim third place nationally.

The Physical Education department are incredibly proud of the team’s efforts, particularly as they were up against well-established teams predominantly from private schools and had a relatively young team in comparison.