Eight schools – making up in total 14 teams and 120 girls – took part on the day, with the teams separated into two group stages, with each school competing in a round-robin, league format. The top two teams from each group advanced to the semi-final stages.
Having developed their netballing skills from their schools and Maccabi GB’s sports coaches, the players were confident in demonstrating their skills and it was clear they enjoyed competing in such an encouraging environment. It also helped that many of the girls’ parents and supporters were creating a fantastic atmosphere from the sidelines.
After both the group stages and semi-finals, it was Wolfson Hillel who found themselves competing for the title against Independent School, who were making their first ever appearance in an MGB netball final. An exciting game saw Hillel prove to be the more clinical in taking their chances, as they went on to claim the winners’ trophy. The afternoon finished with a sporting medals ceremony to both finalists and the trophy was awarded to the victorious side.
Maccabi GB’s School Sports Coordinator Alex Elf said: “This has been a great start to the Primary Tournament Programme. It is very encouraging to see young, Jewish female players coming along with such enthusiasm to play sports – something we hope they continue for years to come. The atmosphere was fantastic throughout the whole afternoon and everyone involved has had a great time.”