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The under 14 netballers are gearing up for the biggest tournament of their lives after winning through to the National Schools’ Netball Finals next month.
The girls will travel to Basildon, Essex to take on the cream of England’s school netball talent on Saturday 17th March after claiming a hard-fought runners-up spot at the Regional Finals in Northampton on Saturday.
The reigning Derbyshire county champions completed a 100 per cent clean sweep as they marched through the group stages and semi-final unbeaten in Northampton, including overcoming Loughborough High School with an 8-5 victory in the semis.
But they couldn’t quite make it 12 county and regional match wins in a row as they went down to Nottingham High School in the final, having earlier edged to victory over their fierce local rivals in the group stages.
Miss Thornton, Head of Netball, said: “This is a brilliant achievement for the girls! They held their nerve in a few really close group games to go to the semis as group winners and then produced a superb performance to beat Loughborough in the semi-final. Despite not quite being able to get their hands on the Regional Championship trophy the girls will take a lot of heart from this tournament to fear no-one at the Nationals.”
Coached by Mrs Taylor, the Under 14 girls will be training hard ahead of the Nationals, with former England player Julie Malinski once again set to help the girls out with their preparations.
Trent College’s Under 19 and Under 16 teams narrowly missed out on following their Under 14 schoolmates into the Regional semi-finals at Northampton after both finished third in their respective groups