TEN primary school netball teams from across the region competed for the Borders Sport and Leisure Primary Netball Cup at the Queen’s Leisure Centre last week.
The participating teams had all secured a place in the cup final after being placed first or second in their own cluster group competition. Representing the Earlston/Jedburgh cluster were Newton and Lauder primary schools. Gala and Selkirk was represented by St Peter’s and Knowepark, and for the Peebles cluster it was Kingsland and Priorsford. Chirnside and Edenside primary schools attended for the Eyemouth/Duns/Kelso cluster, while Denholm and Burnfoot represented Hawick.
The teams were split into two pools and each team played all the others in their sections before going on to play in cross over ties to determine the finalists.
Competing in the final were Kingsland and St Peter’s, with the former finally emerging as the Borders Primary Netball Cup Champions.
The competition was organised by Borders Sport and Leisure’s Active Schools Team. Gemma Ross, Active Schools Co-ordinator for the Earlston area said: “The competition was filled with nervous excitement and it was great to see so many primary school girls taking part in and enjoying the sport.
“Whilst the morning was very competitive, the good sportsmanship and grace of all the girls made it exceptionally enjoyable for all.”
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure added: “The standard of play today was absolutely fantastic, probably the highest ever seen in this competition.
“Credit must go to all the players and the school staff and parents who prepared them for this competition, their hard work was evident for all to see.”
The pupils involved in the competition were from Primary 6 and 7.