Sport is central to life at St Helen’s and we are committed to providing the best opportunities and encourage girls of all abilities to get involved to develop their resilience, confidence and personal skills.
Here is a flavour of what the girls have been up to over the recent weeks.
On Wednesday 6th October the U19 netball team travelled to Lady Eleanor Holles for the annual Middlesex County Prelims. After a shaky and nervous start, the team excelled and started to display some outstanding netball. They worked extremely well as a team and executed great transition through court. The team ended up coming second in the tournament which puts them through to the county finals in March. Well done to all the girls involved. A fantastic result.
Following on from their Middlesex County Prelim success, the U19 netball team took part in the annual Borough netball tournament and performed brilliantly throughout the whole afternoon, displaying quick pace and highly pressured defence. They only conceded 6 goals across their 5 matches. Well done to the whole team – an outstanding performance.
The U15 netball team took part in their County prelims at Lady Eleanor Holles on Saturday 9th November. The girls fought hard after a difficult start losing to NLCS in their first game. They lifted their heads and went on to manage 2 draws and 2 excellent wins against Waldegrave and Lady Eleanor Holles. Overall the girls came 3rd in the competition securing a place in the County Finals in March. Well done to all those who played and for fighting to the bitter end, through injury and all.
The U14, U16 and U19 netball teams travelled to Lady Eleanor Holles for the County round of the National Schools competition. The standard of play displayed throughout was of a very high level and all 3 teams conducted themselves extremely well. They showed great determination and resilience and were able to execute quick and efficient movement through court. Their defensive pressure was good and this resulted in good turnovers. Unfortunately, none of the teams progressed through into the next round, however, the girls have gained a lot from this experience, and this will serve them well as the season continues. Well done to Helaina, Sophie and Megha for being the players of the tournament.
On Thursday 14th October the U18 and U16 badminton team competed in the Herts and Middlesex League Tournament where the St Helen’s girls took on pairs from NLCS, Habs and Queenswood, to see who would be crowned individual champions of the league. In the U18 event, the experienced pair of Asha and Shreya proved too strong for the opposition and were undefeated to take gold. Anisha and Keya narrowly lost in the semi-finals to a very strong Queenswood pair and eventually finished 4th and Antraa and Hannah played consistently well to finish 6th out of the 12 pairs entered.
On Sunday 14th November, ten of the Year 5 and Year 6 Badminton squad players took part in the Hertfordshire Schools Badminton Tournament at Stevenage Leisure Centre. The girls all played extremely well, which was for most of them their first chance to play competitive badminton for quite some time. The girls were a credit to the school, all trying extremely hard and playing with great team spirit. Elissia performed exceptionally well by finishing runner up in both the singles and doubles events partnered by Gurleen. Many girls either reached the semi-finals or went on to win the plate event showing the depth of talent we have at St Helen’s. Well done to all the girls involved and thank you to all our supportive parents.
Our talented Head Girl, Asha also competed in the U18 tournament. Having previously competed in the same U11 tournament as a 10 year old, Asha showed how much progress she has made in the last 7 years. As a Prep School pupil, she has reached the semi-final stages of the tournament and on Sunday she played exceptionally well to overcome some very talented opposition to win the singles tournament and then teamed up with alumna Sneha, to finish 2nd in the ladies doubles. Asha’s determination and hard work over the last 7 years has certainly paid off as she is now the best U18 in Hertfordshire. Congratulations Asha!