This term saw the St Cuthbert’s Sharks progress from Flippa Ball to Mini Ball, a move that was not without trepidation (from players and parents). The girls have played together for several seasons with players coming and going but have always formed a strong team bond resulting in some very fierce competitive play in the pool.
The competition this term stepped up on multiple levels – it was physically challenging, more aggressive and tested the developing fitness, skill set and stamina of the girls. With only four teams competing in this grade there was nowhere to hide and the Sharks were defeated in their first games. The girls remained unfazed and tenacious and scored some hard-fought wins as the weeks went on, often by nail biting margins. They played to their strengths and never appeared intimidated or concerned despite being physically smaller than almost every other team and the only all-girls team in the league.
The Sharks played off for first and second at the end of last term and narrowly lost by a single goal, a wonderful reflection of the hard work put in by the girls and the wonderful student coaches. Players and parents are eagerly anticipating the coming season.
MIP – Alisa Rao
On Sunday 3 July, our Year 5 and 6 Flippa Ball team took to the water in the CCW to contest for 1st or 2nd place in their grade finals against Epsom Normal School. With some of our regular players away, we had some keen players waiting in reserve and a shuffle around of positions.
We got off to a shaky start with early goals scored against us. We regained our composure and managed to trail by one at half time. The second half was a very tense affair for our enthusiastic supporters. The score went from ENS 5 – SCC 4 to equalise at 5 all, with a fantastic shot from Scarlett Featherstone, who contributed well to the scoreboard, along with Katelin Toes. Anna Zhou and Maddie Lapsley worked hard in the goal, while Lizzie Hardiman and Cherry Chen fought hard to intercept the ball and create space. In the dying seconds of the game, ENS took the lead to 6, sealing their 1st place.
While the near win spurred our St Cuthbert’s girls on, coming 2nd was a dream come true. They were a team of developing players who have just begun their journey of Flippa Ball and they have grown from strength to strength each week. Congratulations to Alisa Rao for receiving the Most Improved Player award. It was a very exciting match to end a great season! Well done, girls.
Rose Aleksich (away)
Ella Alfaro-Campbell (away)