Our Under-13 girls are the current Essex schools’ handball champions, and went on to represent the county in the East of England regional finals at Cambridge University on Wednesday 3rd May.
In their first match they drew 5-5 with Suffolk, and then won 6-1 against Bedfordshire, which meant they qualified for the quarter-final against Hertfordshire, which they won 10-5.
In the semi-final, they produced their best performance, beating the local Cambridgeshire team 9-2! This set the girls up for a final against Norfolk. Unfortunately, they quickly went 1-0 down, and were chasing the game from start. Our girls had all the possession and were playing really well against a very dogged team, but the Norfolk goalkeeper was on top form, making some incredible saves to keep our team at bay. With 1 minute remaining, Bower conceded on the break, against the run of play, to go 3-2 down, but struck back through the excellent Olivia Adams with 15 seconds to play.
The final score was 3-3, which meant the game went to penalties. After 3 penalties each the game remained a draw and went to FIVE rounds of sudden death, before Bower Park missed and Norfolk scored. It was a cruel way to lose, but Norfolk had an inspirational goalkeeper on the day. We were just one penalty away from the national finals and finished runners-up in the east of the country, which was a good year’s work and so close to more glory. On its own, this is a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of the girls who played for the school.
Tayllah Barton-Conde was the competition’s top scorer. Well done, Tayllah. You are a true star!