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Stardust were crowned winners of Active8 Sheffield’s first ever netball tournament on Sunday 24th February 2013. The full day event took place at our very own Tapton and King Edwards Community Sports Centres and was a great day for all involved.
The day kicked off with the 10 teams being split into two pools and playing a round robin to pit themselves against all the other teams in their pools. The president for the day was set in this stage as both finalists, Stardust and Bobcats, went unbeaten picking up four wins (and 20 points) in the process. But don’t be fooled as both pools went down to the wire and 3 teams were looking like they would finish on 16 points in pool 2 with only 1 game to play. However, Bobcats quality finally prevailed to see them pick up the win and top the pool.
The semi-finals saw Bobcats head up against runners up of pool 2, Ballsaints, and pool 1 winners Stardust met Irwin Michellettes at the same stage. After a brilliant fight from Ballsaints, Bobcats again powered on to reach the final. Stardust again made light work of their semi-final and also made it to the main stage.
So, with 2 unbeaten sides coming together in the final, it was inevitable that one team were going to leave disappointed for the first time of the day. The game started and went on just as you would imagine with Stardust only leading by one point at half-time. The second half was just as energetic and end-to-end and in true final fashion the score at full-time was 18-18. This meant that in order to find a winner between these two it was going to take extra-time and in the end Stardust’s fitness appeared to be the deciding factor and the went on to win the tournament 25-21.
A massive well done and thank you to everyone that took part and made the event such a fun filled, yet highly competitive day.
A final mention must go out to our 4 umpires on the day. The event wouldn’t have been possible without them.