The annual ONA (Old Newburians Association) fixtures, where ex St. Bart’s girls challenge the current senior students in netball and lacrosse matches, took place on Saturday 30 March. A sunny Saturday saw both sports fixtures well supported by spectators and the ONA were able to field a first and second team in both sports to compete against the current students.
Netball was the opening contest and the ONA fielded strong players with the first team comprising of recent leavers, who continue to play at university, as well as ladies who play in the Newbury Netball League. The second team included experienced netballers who play in the Newbury & Swindon league, with special thanks to Gemma Livingstone who volunteered to play GK that morning. Both netball matches concluded with ONA victories; the first team won 25-11 and the second team, 32-25. Player of the match shields, chosen by the ONA side, were presented to St. Bart’s girls: Katherine Wodge-Berospi for her fantastic shooting in the first team and Georgie Denton for her versatility at GK and GS in the second team.
The afternoon saw the return of the annual lacrosse fixture held at Brown’s Meadow with a big crowd of spectators who helped to create a competitive atmosphere. Including leavers from 1997 to 2018, the ONA teams had both experience and youth on their side. Year 9 student, Izzy Duly stepped in for the ONA 2nd team as they were unable to field a GK. The ONA second team were able to maintain their enthusiasm throughout the entire match, concluding with a 19-4 victory. Lilia Norman demonstrated strong leadership and motivated the St Bart’s team to improve their score-line and was awarded the player of the match shield.
The most competitive of the day’s matches, the first team lacrosse match began with St. Bart’s girls looking strong, gaining an early 4-1 lead. However, the ONA reacted with noteworthy performances from Nancy Morgan, Annie Miller and Ruby Hornsby. Victory for the ONA was looking probable, with a half time lead, 9-4. Member of PE staff, Bruce, must be commended for his appearance as GK for the ONA, taking to the position with gumption and enthusiasm! A strong school crowd encouraged the St Bart’s girls to take to the field in the second half where their pace and teamwork was impressive. As such they were able to narrow the score-line in the second half, fighting for victory until the final whistle. However, experience won the day with an ONA victory, 15-14. Hanny Makant was awarded player of the match for the first team and the ONA would like to thank St. Bart’s PE staff for their commitment and support with umpiring and organising the day. As always, it was a fantastic occasion, which is eagerly anticipated each year. More photos should be added to www.oldnewburians.co.uk soon.