Netball first for school

Lady Manners School U19 netball team have beaten off stiff competition to become county champions for the first time in the school’s history.

The team members are Elsa Pullman (captain), Grace Black, Alice Burke, Fran Bromley, Hester Davies, Katie Patrick, Tansy Waddington, Alicia Noble, Alice Davies and Maddie Bryan. The journey to the county championships was hard fought from the outset, facing a tough battle in the early stages in order to reach the semi-finals.

The Lady Manners School team started well in the ‘Group’ stage by winning against St Mary’s Catholic High School before losing to Tupton Hall School, and suffering a confidence denting 6-1 defeat at the hands of Trent College. A final win against Derby High School reversed the team’s fortunes, as they achieved a place in the semi-finals on goal difference. The newly confident team beat Repton School with a score of 11-9 before meeting Trent College once more in the final. Given the team’s earlier loss to Trent, the Lady Manners School team surprised the opposition and the match was a close fought affair. At full time the score was 6-6 and a goal scored in extra time clinched it for Lady Manners School.

The girls’ coach, Hayley Bradshaw, said: “The girls have trained so hard during lunchtime and after school sessions. The girls’ effort and attitude on court was outstanding; they played amazingly well and are now focused on the next stage: the regional competition.”