The Dumbarton school netball season got to a leaping start last week.

Eight primaries took part in the playoffs to determine which league they were going into for the year ahead.

St Michael’s, Aitkenbar, St Patrick’s, Braehead, Dalreoch, St Peter’s, Knoxland, and St Kessog’s all attended the event at Meadow Leisure Centre on Thursday, October 3.

The teams from P5 to P7 competed in a round-robin format, with each game lasting five minutes.

Formed from netball clubs at the schools, they have all been training over the last six weeks in preparation for the big day.

Emma McCluskey, Active Schools coordinator, told the Reporter: “In netball all the positions can be confusing, but the kids did really well.

“It ran really smoothly. The games were great.

“Thanks to the umpires who gave up their free time to help us. Chelle Revie from Dumbarton Harp and Lauren Ecclestone, one of our WDL Coaches.”

Two points were allocated for a win and one for a draw.

Once they were all tallied up, St Michael’s topped the scoreboard winning six and drawing one of their matches.

Ms McCluskey said the team were delighted.

The new league format sees them join the A league along with Aitkenbar, St Patrick’s and Braehead.

The B league are made up of Dalreoch, St Peter’s, Knoxland, and St Kessog’s.

Home and away games will be held by the schools over the coming months.

At the end of the season, in May, another playoff with the top two teams from both A and B will be competing to determine who will represent the area in the West Dunbartonshire School Games finals in June 2020.