Netball: Denholm retains Small Schools title

For the second year in a row, Denholm Primary has netted the top prize in the Borders Small Schools Netball Competition, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure.
For the second year in a row, Denholm Primary has netted the top prize in the Borders Small Schools Netball Competition, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure.
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For the second year in a row, Denholm Primary has netted the top prize in the Borders Small Schools Netball Competition, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure.

The annual contest is part of the Active Schools Programme and this year, the competition featured 11 schools from across the region coming together at the Queen’s Leisure Centre in Galashiels to fight it out for the trophy.

Runners-up in the Borders Small Schools Netball Competition, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, Newtown Primary School.

Runners-up in the Borders Small Schools Netball Competition, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, Newtown Primary School.

One pool of five teams and one pool of six played a series of round robin matches, with the winners and runners-up from each pool playing in semi-final crossover ties, the winners of which then progressed to the Final. Denholm was crowned as the overall winner after a 2-7 victory over runners-up, Newtown. The other semi-finalists were Coldingham and Newcastleton.

Avril Gibson, Denholm Primary School coach, said: “I am extremely proud of the Denholm team. They played some great netball, both in attack and in defence. They played their hearts out in the Final and were delighted to bring the trophy back to Denholm.”

Gemma Ross, Borders Sport and Leisure Active Schools Coordinator added; “The morning was full of nervous energy and excitement and it was great to see representation from most corners of the Borders in what can only be described as a highly competitive morning, full of hard-fought games. The standard this year was particularly high, with very close results and single points separating teams in the final pool standings. Thanks must go to all PE staff, teachers and parents who helped prepare pupils for the competition, and assisted with umpiring on the day.”

The full list of schools participating in the contest is as follows:

Pool A: Denholm, Newtown, Gordon, Westruther, Stirches

Pool B: Stow, Newlands, Channelkirk, Yetholm, Newcastleton, Coldingham.