Congratulations to the Telstars U16 Squad who won The National Youth Championship Finals at Redbridge in Essex yesterday. This is the top club netball competition in the country for U16 and U19 age groups. Regional heats are held across England with the top twenty clubs competing in the National Finals.
We were drawn in Group 2 and played nine games of seven minutes each way against the other teams in our group. The great team spirit and determination to win were apparent from the beginning with comfortable wins against several teams. There were two nail-biting games against strong northern rivals Oldham and Ribble Valley but superb teamwork gave us victory by one goal in both games! At the end of the round robin stage we were unbeaten and top of our group!
In the quarterfinals, after a slow start, we beat YWCA Bury 12-7. Our toughest game was the semi-final against South Birmingham, which was very close with every goal and turnover critical. The whole team gave one hundred and ten percent, everyone was determined to win through to the final, and they were rewarded with a 12-11 victory. In the final we faced Tegate in another close and competitive game with the scores level at half time but in the second half Telstars played impressive netball to take the lead, eventually winning convincingly 16-8. Anita must have jumped six feet in the air as she and Michelle ran to hug the team! There were tears of joy and whoops of delight from the team, supporters and parents, it truly was a moment to savour. It was the best birthday present Anita could have wished for.
At the presentation ceremony Alice Exeter accepted the Winner's Cup and the girls and coaches were each presented with medals. Maurice opened the champagne and sprayed it over the entire squad before filling the Cup for everyone to have a sip. A wonderful day we will all remember for a very long time!
For the full results please see Fixtures/Results Page.
Link to photos as follows..
on our own site here
more can be seen on www.netballphotos.net
U16 Squad : Coaches - Michelle and Anita Hollman
Lizzie Atkins, Katie Bollom, Liz Easton, Alice Exeter (Capt.), Caroline Hills, Annie Hodge, Alex Jolly, Vicky May, Katie Murray, Lucy Taylor, Georgie Williams.
Scorers : Hannah Perrett and Phil Webb