Mini Youth Games High Five Netball Tournament

MYG

Hempstead Hat-Trick

Hempstead Junior School put their Mini Youth Games (MYG) series title challenge back on track with a stunning victory at the MYG Netball tournament. This was Hempstead’s third MYG success of the year.

Any school that has won three MYG events before have always gone on to be crowned MYG series champions. However, Hempstead still trails St Margaret’s Junior School by 12 points in the series. Therefore, they might need a fourth MYG success from the remaining three events to win it, something that has not been achieved since the very first MYG series in 1999-2000 - by Hempstead Junior School.

MYG Netball Action 11 12Nearly 300 children from 32 Medway Primary schools participated at the Mini Youth Games High Five Netball tournament, held at the Rainham Netball Centre, Rainham School for Girls on Thursday, 29 March 2012. It was to prove an excellent day with some great netball skills displayed and some close games resulting in a tight and thrilling finish to the league table.

The main event enabled each school to play an amazing nine netball matches in an even draw against all other Medway schools entered. The points were collated through the day and it was very tight at the top with only three points separating first to fifth place. Hempstead Junior School and Bryony School were both undefeated at the end of the day, but Hempstead were crowned champions thanks to winning every game and Bryony dropped two points when drawing a game. St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School took third place with 24 points and a goal difference of +54 from St Margaret’s Junior School fourth (+45) and St Andrews fifth (+42).

These schools will be joined by New Road (sixth), Wainscott (seventh) The Pilgrim School (eighth) at the MYG Netball Night of Champions at Medway Park on Monday, 11 June 2012 during the Medway Festival of Sport – Based on the results from the MYG Netball this will one of the most competitive and tightest Night of Champions yet!.

Position

School

Fair Play Winners

Hoo St Werburgh Primary School

1

Hempstead Junior School

2

Bryony School

3

St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School

Best placed small school

St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School

Hempstead MYG Netball winners

Games were played to the All England Netball Association High Fives Netball – where there are only five players on court instead of seven and players rotate positions at half time, so that the whole squad gets an opportunity to play in a variety of positions e.g. central, defence or attack. This is the mini version of the sport for primary-aged children, where both boys and girls are encouraged to play.

The MYGs is a multi-sport programme of events running throughout the school year, open to all Medway primary schools. The scheme is organised by Medway Council’s Sports Development Team, with the support of Governing Bodies of Sport, local sports clubs and the many volunteers who give up their time to support these events. Prizes are awarded at each event and points are gained towards the overall Mini Youth Games title for which a perpetual shield is awarded at the end of the year.

At each event points are awarded to each school for simply taking part. This is the main emphasis of the Mini Youth Games – enjoyable participation so the most prestigious prize at any event is always the fair play award. This award was won by Hoo St Werburgh Primary School. It is crucial that young people are introduced to sport in a friendly, positive environment and that they are encouraged to accept victory and defeat with equal grace. It is important that they learn to show consideration and respect towards opponents, teammates and officials, as well as to the rules and conventions of the different sports. 

The sports development team would like to thank everyone involved in making this event so successful, with special thanks going to the young netball leaders and umpires from Chatham Grammar School for Girls and Rainham School for Girls.

The next MYG event in the series is the MYG Kwik Cricket festival, on Thursday, 31 May, at High Halstow Cricket Club.

Find out about joining a local netball club.

For more information on getting involved with the Mini Youth Games programme, contact John Hatchett on 01634 338763.