6th March 2020 — Witham Hall won the IAPS National Small Schools' Netball Championships, hosted by Framlingham College Prep, just ahead of half term in February.
The team enjoyed success against Hilden Oaks and hosts Framlingham College Prep, before beating King's Hall 11-4 in the final to take the winners trophy.
Their IAPS success continued after half term too, winning the IAPS U11 Regional Netball Tournament held at Uppingham School at the end of February. The team beat Yarm 12-2 in the semi-final before going on to win 8-5 against Wellingborough in the final, despite having been behind at half time.
Director of Sport, Lisa Edwards, commented, "It is a fantastic achievement for the squad, who all put in a real team effort on both occasions and deserved to come away as winners.”
The U13 Netball team also tasted success having made it through to the IAPS Nationals at Bryanston School at the end of March, following their third-place finish at the IAPS Qualifier at Uppingham School at the start of the month. A win against Spratton Hall in the quarter final saw the team progress to the semi-finals. A loss against a strong Bromsgrove side led to a third and fourth play-off match against Beachborough, who the team had beaten previously during the group stages. Witham repeated the win to take the bronze medal.
Head of Netball, Jo Welch, was proud to note that, “It was a fine display of high-level netball throughout the tournament from a side whose inspiration, teamwork, belief and confidence shone.”
Not to be outdone, the 1st VII Boys’ Hockey team won the plate at the IAPS U13 Boys’ Hockey Qualifier, held at Bedford School. The team showed tremendous grit and determination to come away with a golden goal win against Langley Prep in the semi-finals and won by penalty strokes in the final against King’s College.
Head of Boys’ Games, Sam Wills, added, “The four-game unbeaten run to come away as Plate winners, against tough opposition, showed just what the team are capable of. They had to dig deep but their resilience under pressure in the final two matches was admirable.”