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On Tuesday 15th June, the UVI (Year 13) participated in the inaugural Marlborough Festival of Sport. The Lacrosse and Netball Teams were particularly excited to participate, having only had one other fixture in the past year.

The first lacrosse game against local rivals and host team Marlborough College started off with both teams finding their feet, with play going back and forth. St Mary's managed to get a good rhythm and passes started connecting, allowing them to get a hold of the game before winning with a comfortable 4 – 1 score.

The second lacrosse game of the day against Stowe saw more great play with St Mary's becoming more dominant from the draw and in midfield. Stowe’s runners in midfield meant that the defence had to be ready to cover and limit the shots on Flo. When the shots did get through, Flo made a number of excellent saves. Another good win for St Mary's of 3 - 1 at the final whistle.

Cheltenham Ladies College were the final opponents of the day, with St Mary's recording their biggest win of 5 – 0, in a game where they controlled the ball and made it hard for the opposition to have attempts on goal.

Although the team has had limited playing opportunities this year, they were able to show their talents and what they are capable of doing by finishing as winners of the lacrosse competition.

Next up were the tennis and netball competitions. Eight of our pupils participated in the tennis round-robin. All our teams implemented a lot of what has been learnt over the Summer Term which was great to see, even if the outcome wasn't always a win. Our first pair started their fixtures with a tough match against Marlborough College, sadly losing in the end. They got back to their triumphant ways in the second match, winning comfortably with good patterns of play being used. Our second, third and fourth teams won all their matches while playing with partners that they may have not played with before. As a team, we won 7 matches and lost 1.

The Netball Team started their competition brilliantly against Stowe. The kept possession of the ball well and didn’t force the ball into the shooters. Alexa and Zara rotated the shooting circle exceptionally and set up some great holds for the attackers to feed them in the ball. All this hard work resulted in an 11-4 win.

Next up was the match vs Cheltenham Ladies College. We were down by one goal at half time, trying to force the ball into the circle against a very reactive GD. We adjusted our play in the second half and increased our defensive pressure throughout court. This led to us taking the win 6-4.

The last game against Marlborough College was end to end and a battle of the defenders, with both defending circles doing an outstanding job of putting pressure on the feeders and the shooters. The final score was a 6-6 draw.

Every girl was able to play against every opposition, showing great strength and depth of the players, and I hoped they enjoyed their last netball game for St Mary’s.

Finally, it was the much anticipated relays. Each team had to field 2 x 200m runners, 4 x 100m runners and 8 x 50m runners. Cheltenham Ladies College and Stowe dropped out, so it was a battle between Marlborough College and St Mary’s and unfortunately we missed out by about 20m, finishing second.

What a fantastic afternoon of sport and a huge thank you to Marlborough College for hosting the event. They have invited us back next year and we are already looking forward to taking our current LVI to celebrate their final weeks of sport with us in 2022 at this brilliant event.

Click here to view the Scoresheet.