NETBALL: National title for Princethorpe College girls

Princethorpe College's netballers
Princethorpe College's netballers

Long-coveted championship win on warmest day of the year

Spring came early for Princethorpe College’s U14 netball team who won the Independent Schools’ National Championships on the warmest day of the year so far. Playing at High Kingsmead Netball Centre, High Wycombe last Saturday, girls from all over the country fought against the undefeated College side in seven gruelling matches.

Outstanding interception from Goal Defence Lily Dyble and consistent interception from the fearless Macy Kalirai in Wing Defence left the opposition reeling mid court enabling Princethorpe to dominate possession throughout. Precision shooting from Molly Geehan particularly during the 15-4 semi-final victory against Ibstock School made Princethorpe the team to beat as the whistle blew for the final. A tense match against The Grange School saw some nervous mistakes from Princethorpe in the early minutes but once the adrenalin kicked in the game was theirs. A final score of 11-7 gave Princethorpe’s U14s the long coveted National ISA title.

Princethorpe’s U18 team nearly matched their younger team mates’ success by coming a close second in their round robin tournament. A total of 58 goals were netted in their first five games before losing to eventual Championship winners Queen Ethelburga’s in their final match 18-7.

In the U16s’ age group Princethorpe’s squad of U15 players gave the opposition a run for their money coming second in their pool. In the play offs they secured fourth place overall in the Nationals bringing the day’s competition to an end.

Commenting on their teams’ performances Princethorpe College Head of Girls’ games Debs Brookes said: “We couldn’t have wished for better weather for a fabulous day’s competition. With schools visiting from as far away as Cornwall and Hull there was a great edge to the play with some exceptional skill on court. The U14’s were consistently strong throughout but credit also goes to our U16 and U18s who were both so close to making it a clean sweep for Princethorpe.”

Pictured: U18s Beth Harcourt, Sophie Nicholls, Kiana Kitching, Zoe Hyland, Tesni Shemilt, Chelsea Kempton, Katie Brown, Daisy Christie, Suzie Hazelwood.

U16s: Georgi Peake, Reanne Popham, Sophie Marrow, Charlotte Martin, Lizzie Watson, Izzy Powell,Milie Christie,Lucy Bent, Anna Harper-Lawrence

U14s: Macy Kalirai, Anna Wells, Lily Dyble, Chloe Kempton, Molly Geehan, Sammy Inskip, Millie Higgins, Grace Whitley, Cara Wallis