FOBISIA U13 Netball Tournament 2024

Recently, MCM’s U13 team took part in the FOBISIA Netball Tournament at Alice Smith School. It was a tremendous weekend, full of standout moments, learning opportunities and the inevitable highs and lows of a sporting tournament. 

The team woke up excited and nervous for the busy day ahead, fueled for their first match against Dulwich College Singapore’s A team. Going into the match, the team knew they were in for a challenge; however, they went out on the court with confidence. In the first few minutes, they were 5 goals ahead, playing some of the best netball of their lives. Unfortunately, the opposition were stronger and Dulwich won 11-8. However, the team kept their heads held high and went on to a 4 game winning streak. 

The match against ISP was particularly exciting and nail-biting, culminating in MCM winning 13-12, a testament to the teamwork, grit and determination the U13 team displayed throughout the tournament. 

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the endless supply of gummies from the ‘candy salad’ and other treats provided by some very supportive parents. 

Following a very intense and exhausting day, the team’s hard work was rewarded with a lovely Gala dinner, themed ‘Jungle.’ Everyone wore animal ears and memories were captured in a really fun photo booth. 

Due to the excellent play from the day before, the team went through to the Cup quarter-finals. Their first match was against an old rival, Alice Smith. Tension was in the air as the team stepped onto the court but the nerves needn’t have been there. The team played brilliantly together and defeated the other team with a resounding 11-4 victory. 

The next match in the Cup round was against Tanglin Trust’s A team, famously very hard to beat. This was a challenging and very physically demanding match, especially after so much netball had already been played. The 10-minute halves were gruelling and Tanglin were extremely strong so it was very pleasing that MCM put up such a fight and only lost by a few goals (17-11).

Finally, it was time to compete in the 3rd/4th place match and the team met ISP again. Going into this game, the team were tired and aware it was going to be physically gruelling. ISP wanted to win a bronze medal as much as MCM so it was a very tense game. There were a few moments where our team lost their way under the pressure but they kept fighting until the end. Unfortunately, ISP slipped away with the win leaving MCM to take 4th place. 

The girls were understandably very disappointed but could see that with focus, continued practice and dedication, they could be a very powerful netball team in the future. Willow was awarded MVP (Most Valuable Player) for her unwavering hardwork playing Centre in every single match. Their coaches, Miss Prentice and Miss Allott were extremely proud of all the girls and cannot wait to see how they progress as netball players in the future.

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