School Sport: Brentwood net finals spot
PUBLISHED: 16:30 05 February 2015
Netball squad heading to Merseyside
Brentwood School’s under-14 netball team will represent the Eastern region in the final of the National Schools’ Championships.
They represented Essex in the regional round last Saturday and qualified after a long and arduous day, beating Norwich 12-4 to qualify for a trip to Merseyside.
Delighted coach Wendy Juniper said: “This has only ever been achieved three times in the history of Brentwood netball. Hundreds of schools enter from all over the country and we are now in the last 12!!”
The competition began in late September with school teams in each of the age groups, under-14, under-16 and under-19, taking part in local area rounds.
Brentwood’s nimble netballers battled through the mid-Essex round and the county stage to make the regional finals held in Norfolk.
This was the showpiece event for the East Region, with 41 school teams taking part for the right to enter the National Finals in March.
To secure their spot in the final, Brentwood had to beat county champions representing Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Sussex and Hertfordshire.
Juniper added: “The team were focused, determined, athletic, tenacious and well deserved winners.
“This success is the result of hard work, commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and motivation over the last few years. It doesn’t happen in one season!!”
The win was the result of a great team effort throughout the day. Defenders Lily Spencer-Smith, Athena Knight, Zara Phillips and Lucy Wilde were praised for their efforts, while Lucy Wilde, captain Lucy Patchett, Connie Bell, Skye Lynch and Anna Reeves were very effective in attack.
Holly Perry, Ashley Chalmers and Anna Reeves had to work exceptionally hard to shake off opponents in order to convert goals and shot well under pressure.
Juniper said: “The national finals will be a great experience for the team and I am confident that they will rise to the occasion.”
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