NETBALL: Regional squad selection for Princethorpe student

Princethorpe College Year 10 netballer Molly Geehan
Princethorpe College Year 10 netballer Molly Geehan

14-year-old successfully trials for under 17s

At five foot eleven, Molly Geehan cuts an impressive athletic figure, making it relatively easy to guess her preferred sport.

The Year 10 Princethorpe College student has this week heard the welcome news that, despite a serious injury, she has successfully trialled for the U17 West Midlands Regional Netball Squad.

As Molly is just 14 the magnitude of her selection is all the more impressive.

The tenacious goal shooter endured four successive weeks of summer training at Walsall University, where her place on the regional squad was up for grabs.

Resilient to the last, Geehan proved her mettle by icing her damaged left ankle in between bouts of top quality netball and her determination paid off.

“I was so happy to know that I’d made it through,’” she said.

“Last year I was gutted that I didn’t make selection and this year, what with the injury happening at a tournament just a day before the trials, I thought I’d blown it again.”

Not so. Geehan’s prolific playing profile with Henley Ladies, Warwickshire as well Princethorpe College’s own U15 1st team has ensured that her sights are set on the highest of goals. Couple this with regular shoot outs in her Hillmorton back garden against dad and there’s surely a recipe for sporting success!

“My dream is to play for England and in a couple of weeks’ time I’m going to train with England Netball Head Coach Tracy Neville,” she added. “That’s the sort of place I want to be in the future.”

Molly’s success has been lauded by Princethorpe College Head of Girls’ Games Debs Brookes: “We know how much this means to Molly. She works so hard to achieve the highest standards and we’ll look forward to seeing how the season unfolds for her.”