Day 7 - Jnr Netball - Barbados


This morning we headed off to Reynolds Weeks and Bayley’s primary schools where the girls were very excited to run a clinic that they had prepared.

The group at the Bayleys school were in for a big surprise as the school had the day before convincingly  won the Barbados primary school cricket championship for the 3rd consecutive year. As a reward for their achievement a street parade was organized and so the girls along with all the primary school students sang and danced their way through the street as the locals came out to cheer them on. On our return to the school (over 90 minutes later) the girls had a chance to play with the kids who were very sad when it was time for us to leave and head to our games against Queens College.


Part of our group conducted a clinic at the Reynold Weekes Primary School. Our girls had a fantastic morning with young Netball Players

even sharing lunch with them. Great work Girls!

Day 6 - Jnr Netball- USA/Barbados

It wasn’t blue skies but torrential rain that greeted us this morning. A sleep in and swim for some before we headed of to Combermere or ‘Rhianna’s’ school for our second games of the tour. While we waited for the suit n to dry the courts we mingled with the opposition, exchanged gifts and learned their team chant.

The koalas were up first today and looking to make up for yesterday’s draw. Our excellent ball pressure and accurate shooting allowed us to jump out to an early lead with all players contributing. As the game progressed, the girls teamwork just got better and better as they adjusted to new team mates and various positions. A great four quarter effort allowed the girls to come away with a big win 33-3.

Emus

The team stepped it up today and came out firing on all cylinders. Timing was fantastic and the driving onto the circle made feeding our shooters easy. Strong rebounding was not allowing Combermere any second chances on missed shots. We won 29-4 and have a whole group of beautiful new friends 🇧🇧❤️🇦🇺

Day 5 - Jnr Netball - USA/Barbados

Monday 3rd December

We were up and at ‘em early this morning as we headed to Carlisle Bay for our “Beach of the day”.

The white sand and crystal clear water made for spectacular scenery and a fantastic start to the day.

A quick feed and change before we very excitedly (and maybe a little nervously) headed to our first game against Springer Memorial.

Koalas

The Koala’s started strongly with Emma, Mikayla and Orianna controlling the mid court and Lara and Piper working well together in attack. The girls were applying great pressure over the ball to provide defenders Charlotte and Krista-Lee with lots of intercept opportunities. Charli and Cassie provided more intercept opportunities when they came on and the team was displaying  some great team work to take a 10 - 1 lead at half time.  The Springer team started to find their rhythm in the 3rd quarter as they cut the margin to 7. The girls were starting to tire in the last and it showed as they were unable to continue to provide the same pressure they had applied earlier in the game. Springer on the hand were firing and in an exciting finish levelled the scores with just seconds remaining. Final score 17 all.

Kangaroos

We got off to a good start in the first quarter with a 5-2 lead at the break. Our second quarter we really hit our straps with great ball movement and a 9-3 quarter, leading. 14-5 at the major break. The third quarter was a little scrappy with a 5-2 quarter. The girls tired a little in the last quarter but still managed to win the quarter 4-2 to come away with a 23-9 win and the Kanga’s winning all four quarters.

Emus

A fantastic first game from our Emus. We knew it was going to be tough playing girls that have played together as a team for 5 years and are the U16 National Bajan Team.

We held them tight in the first quarter. We won the second quarter. We battled on in the third quarter but fatigue was hitting and the pace of this game was fast and furious. We went down in the end but can be proud of our individual and team effort 🇧🇧🇦🇺

Day 2 Jnr Netball - USA/Barbados

Today we made our way to the 9/11 Memorial on the New York Subway folliwed by a walk though Wall Street to see the “Raging Bull”. We then headed to Battery Point to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. The Rockefeller Centre was the next on the list. Finally we made our way alonf the famous 5th Ave and Central Park before heading out again to the Barclays Centre to watch the Brooklyn Nets play the Memphis Grizzlies


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