The past year has been one of huge improvement for the Merton netball team. We began our season in Michaelmas with several first-time players and little more than some rusty school technique.
Admittedly, the winter term was hard. We took many tumbles on wet concrete, had to play several games a man down and suffered some large losses. However, this only made us better, and after our first few league matches we began to find our flow and win matches. Star players were quick to emerge, including Jenny Dingwall (2015), our speedy centre; Nanae Hart (2014), star shooter; and Megan Husain (2015), who plays every midfield position with grace and precision. Persevering through Michaelmas paid off and we were stronger for it, winning all of our matches in Hilary. Unfortunately we had to forfeit one game and so missed out on promotion.
Our biggest triumph was undoubtedly in Cuppers. We managed to beat one Division 2 team, draw with another and narrowly miss moving to the quarter-finals by losing to Worcester, who had come second in the Division 1 league. Being one of the few Division 5 teams that had entered we couldn’t have imagined doing so well, and we are hoping to push forward into higher divisions next term.
Anna Schnupp (2014)
Netball Captain 2015-16