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Net gains for Stirches at Small Schools tournament

Ten local primary schools battled it out for the honours at this years’ Borders Small Schools Netball Competition with the Hawick Cluster coming out top at the end of an exciting days’ play.

Organised by Live Borders Active Schools, the event, which is open to all schools in the Borders with a school roll of 115 pupils or less, was held at Galashiels Academy and featured mixed seven-aside teams from Newtown and Westruther Primary Schools (Earlston Cluster), Newcastleton, Denholm and Stirches Primary Schools (Hawick Cluster), Coldingham (Eyemouth Cluster), Greenlaw (Duns Cluster), Lilliesleaf (Selkirk Cluster), Newlands (Peebles Cluster), Stow (Gala Cluster).

Gemma Ross Active Schools (Organiser) said: “A huge thanks must go to all school staff, parents and PE teachers who prepared pupils for the event; to Gala Academy for use of their facilities; and to all the school staff and Gala Academy senior pupils who assisted with the umpiring throughout the afternoon.

“The event was once again a huge success and it was great to see so many boys and girls coming together on court and having a ball”.

The opening stages were played in a round-robin format with teams playing six-minute games against every team in their pool. The winners and runners-up of each pool proceeded to the semi-final stages.

Both semi-finals were end to end play and could have been anyone’s game but in the end, it was Pool B runner-up, Stirches who overcame Pool A winners, Coldingham (1-0) while Pool B winners, Denholm beat Pool A runner-up Newtown (2-1).

Again, in the all-Hawick final, it could have been anybody’s game. Denholm came out fighting, wanting to defend their 2016 Small Schools title but Stirches had other ideas and with some very solid defending, managed to keep to score to 2-2 at full time.

Play continued until the ‘golden goal’ was scored.  The excitement in the hall was electric, with many spectators not being able to watch as possession switched from team to team.

It just wasn’t to be for last year’s champions however as some great passing for Stirches got the ball into the circle and a steady hand from their goal shooter, netted the winning shot.
Sara Green (Teacher) commented: “The children really enjoyed the experience of competing against other small schools from the region.

The sportsmanship and team spirit displayed by all teams throughout the competition was fantastic. It was great to see the hard work put in by the pupils in the practice league come to fruition - we can't wait for next year.

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