Whalsay Crowned Primary Netball League Champions
The winning team from Whalsay Primary School (back row, l-r): Nina Fraser, Emma Henry, Lauren Sandison, Annie Mowat, Rhiana Constable. (front row, l-r): Katie Sandison, Krissie Robertson, Cara Montgomery. Photo: SIC
This year’s Primary Netball League concluded recently with pupils from Whalsay Primary School celebrating after winning the title for the first time.
Now in its third year, the league drew a record 16 teams and 160 pupils from across Shetland.
The league was split into North and South Leagues and teams competed on a monthly basis.
League fixtures were run by volunteer coaches from the Shetland Junior Netball Development Group with support from Active schools, teaching staff and parents from schools.
As well competition, the players were offered coaching and friendly mixed games during their sessions to develop their skills and a chance to meet pupils from other schools.
Whiteness and Scalloway were drawn in the first semi-final, and after extra time Scalloway edged ahead to win 6-4.
Sandwick and Whalsay played out the second semi-final with Whalsay running out 6-2 winners.
Whiteness then won the 3rd place play off before a close final between Whalsay and Scalloway, which was won by Whalsay 7-5.
Throughout the year, teams have been collecting points for fair play, effort, respect and good attitude.
This year Brae Primary School won the Sportsmanship Plaque by collecting a sportsmanship point at every fixture they attended.
The league is a partnership between the Sport and Leisure Service of Shetland Islands Council, Active Schools and Shetland Junior Netball Development Group with support from teachers, club coaches and parents who all help with coaching, umpiring and officiating.
Whalsay parent and coach Natalie Constable said:
“Finals Day is very exciting with lots of spectators creating a great atmosphere.
“The Whalsay teams have loved the Primary Netball League this year and it was great to host a home fixture too, so parents and the community could come and support.”
Active Schools Coordinator Sanna Aitken said:
“It’s been brilliant to see junior netball build on its success year after year.
“Netball in Shetland has witnessed continued progress on a local and national stage and the success of the Primary Netball league helps to contribute to raise levels of interest and standard in the game.
“We place a strong emphasis on good sportsmanship which has brought out the best in the participants making sessions very enjoyable for everyone.
“I would like to thank all volunteers who have helped to make this year so successful”.
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