The Yearlings A Netball squad has won the prestigious U14 tournament at Bromsgrove School following a competitive day with some big netball schools present such as Repton, Uppingham, Oundle, Rugby, Bromsgrove and RGS Worcester.
Head of Netball, Miss Poppy Hoskins commented, “Captain Katya Jennings (3rd, Ch) was outstanding throughout the afternoon, leading the squad by example and playing out of position when Jenny Carson (3rd, A) was injured. Centre court players Megan Knight (3rd, Q) and Honor Skelding (3rd, A) worked tirelessly to get the ball from defence through to the shooters and Honor’s defence and feeds into the circle in the wing attack position was outstanding all day, earning her coach’s player of the tournament.”
The group matches started with big wins over Denstone School and 2013 and 2014 winners Kings High School, Warwick. Unfortunately the team was unable to contain Oundle in the third match with their severe height advantage in the shooting circle. College came back fighting in the final matches, beating RGS Worcester, Bablake and Rugby in close games. The team progressed to the semi-finals in second place, facing Group A winners Bromsgrove. At the final whistle the teams were 8-8, meaning extra time was played to decide a winner. The Yearlings increased the intensity of play and came out the winners to progress to the final. Here Oakham was the opponent and the girls dominated the game - increasing their lead steadily from halftime. At fulltime the team were 3 goals ahead and tournament winners!
Squad: (Capt) Katya Jennings (3rd, Ch), Jenny Carson (3rd, A), Honor Skelding (3rd, A), Megan Knight (3rd, Q), Emily Heardman (3rd, Ch), Megan Message (3rd, Q), Georgia Jones-Perrott (3rd, W), Jemima Rees (3rd, A) and Abbie Whybrow (3rd, Q).