After four years of training and playing together, the St Peter's under 15s girls team finally lifted the trophy as winners of the School's Softball Tournamant after entering indoor softball and outdoor hardball competitions every time. Each year, they have never got through to the regional finals, always coming second or third in the county round. However, this year all the playing together and the practise paid off as they won the county round in Exeter earlier in the season, which meant they went through to the regional round played at Taunton School, alongside 3 other schools - Liskeard from Cornwall and Stroud and Denmark School from Gloucestershire.
On the day, St Peter's took on Liseard first, scoring 104-2 off their overs, whist Liskeard were unable to reach that total, ending on 75-4. St Peter's win by 29 runs. It was a great start and their winning ways continued as they took on Stroud and posted 115-3. Excellent tight bowling again in this match, meant they restricted Sroud to 77-3, therefore winning their second game by 38 runs.
Unbeaten they went into the final against Denmark Road. Denmark Road batted first and they ended their overs of 91-1, St Peters restricting their scoring opportunities again with great fielding and bowling. As St Peter's went into bat, parents and supporters crossed thier fingers that these girls who had played together for so long could finally win to lift the trophy. However, keeping their nerve and learning from all the other finals they had participated in, the girls batted steadily with Hannah, Jess and Isabelle retiring on 20 runs as they had done in every game. Tension built as they moved into the last few overs , but with 1.4 overs left in the game, St Peter's surpassed the total and became the tournament winners!
After four years of trying, emotions were running high and the girls were ecstatic, as were all the parents and supporters, who shed tears of joy as they all celebrated with hugs and congatulations.
Huge congratulations to the girls for their determination and resilience throughout the years, as well as to the parents who have supported their journey through the tournament. But special thanks should go to their coach and mentor, Mrs Hannah Bagshaw-Bale and her sister, Miss Bale, who helped the girls to get to the final and finally to the girls themsleves - a proud moment for many. Very, very well done!