Hockey and Netball tour to Marbella 2016

On the morning of Friday 28th October twenty-four Grosvenor pupils from years ten, eleven and twelve, accompanied by four members of staff, congregated at Belfast International Airport before flying out to Marbella for their much anticipated hockey and netball tour.

Having acclimatised with shopping, a visit to the beach and relaxation by the pool on the day of arrival the girls then spent Saturday and Sunday competing in their respective sports from 9am – 4pm each day. Three GGS teams were represented in the netball tournament while the same girls played in a Hockey tournament which ran parallel with the netball.

Each tournament featured teams from all round Gibraltar - MSC, Grammarians, the Hawks, the Eagles, the Falcons, Lagan College, Soho Rebels, China's and Little Rock -all clubs and teams that play in Gibraltar! Despite such stiff opposition, however, our girls performed superbly to attain victory in the Under 15 Gibralter Clubs’ tournament as well as runner-up in the Under 14 ‘A’ netball tournament. In addition, the U14Bs were awarded the 'best sports' team award to cap a highly successful trip for all concerned.

As well as the obvious success on the sports fields, the girls were also kept entertained with a Flamenco evening on the Saturday evening, followed by a dress-up Halloween party the following night. On the last full day of the trip, meanwhile, the girls had an opportunity to visit the Spanish village of Mijas and sample some of the local culture before jetting home on Tuesday 2nd November following what had been a hugely worthwhile, successful and enjoyable five days in the Spanish city.

Many thanks to Head of Girls’ P.E. Mrs McIlvenny who diligently organized the trip and ensured that it ran smoothly throughout, as well as fellow teachers Mrs Browne, Miss Knox and Mrs Waterwortzseh, without whose presence the trip would not have been possible.

We now look forward to the girls’ experiences in Marbella transferring themselves to further success on the netball court and hockey field over the remainder of the season. 

Grosvenor's Under 14 hockey players during their tournament in Marbella at the end of October.

An excited hockey and netball contingent prepare for departure to Marbella in the earluy hours of Friday 28th October.