NEW ENGLAND Girls’ School tested their hockey and netball mettle against The Rugby School, the prestegious English school over the weekend.
Last Friday night, Rugby and NEGS’ first and second-grade hockey sides took the the field at SportUNE in a 3-1 victory to the visitors.
NEGS player, Eliza Pitts, was hospitalised in the first five minutes of the game after being hit in the head by a hockey ball.
The young player was taken to hospital to get stitches but NEGS hockey mistress Maxine Thompson said she was recovering well.
“She actually made contact with me last night letting me know should was ok and was well enough to pick up the Rugby students who were staying with her,” Thompson said.
The second hockey game was much closer with the score even for most of the game until Rugby scored on the final buzzer to win 3-2.
Saturday morning saw the two schools battle it out on the netball at Lynches Road.
The home team was victorious in the first grade game winning 32-9.
However, Rugby’s second-grade side came from behind to win 21-19.
Rugby’s third grade side went up against NEGS’ junior side to take the game 19-10.
Thompson said all of the NEGS sides were happy with their efforts against their strong English opponents.
“The girls played really well and the girls thought the Rugby teams were very fit and very highly skilled.”
She also said the games were a great experience in the lead up to NEGS competing as part of the Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sport Association (IGSSA) competition in Sydney.
The students from Rugby stayed with their NEGS counterparts over the weekend and explored the New England region.
“It was an absolutely fantastic experience for all the girls on both teams,” Thompson said.
“I saw them off [Rugby School] on the bus as they made their way to Sydney and they were all beaming.”
Thompson said she would like to see a reciprocal agreement between NEGS and Rugby that would mean more games between the two schools in the future.
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