Uppingham School pupils reach national netball finals

Uppingham School's under-14 A netball team has qualified for the National Schools' Netball Finals after achieving second place in the East Midlands tournament

Uppingham School's under-14 A netball team has qualified for the National Schools' Netball Finals after achieving second place in the East Midlands tournament

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Uppingham School Girls’ under-14 A netball team has qualified for the National Schools Netball Finals after claiming second place in the East Midlands tournament.

It is the first time an Uppingham netball team has reached the National Finals and the girls finished a close second with a score of 6-8 against Loughborough in the East Midlands final on January 25.

The team’s success is even more impressive considering the under-14s have only been training together since the beginning of January, whereas many of their opponents have trained together for up to two years.

The National Schools Netball Finals will take place in Merseyside in March.

To reach the finals, Uppingham beat Oundle School 8-3, West Bridgford 8-7, Ecclesbourne 5-0 and Stamford High School 8 - 7 in the pool stages.

Uppingham faced Quinton House in the semi-final who they dismissed 11 - 7.

The girls played well in an even final before eventually losing out to Loughborough High School by 8 - 6.