Rutland netball stars secure third place at prestigious event
Charnwood Rutland Warriors Under 16s claimed a bronze medal for the second year running at the National Clubs Netball Finals after an incredible weekend of competition.
They travelled to Essex for the prestigious finals at the weekend where they would compete against the top 17 teams in the country after all facing gruelling county and regional rounds to reach this stage.
The team had four matches to play on the Saturday to decide what placings they would be playing off for on the Sunday.
The team got off to the perfect start by playing some excellent netball to win four out of four matches after beating Oaksway 27-10, Crystal Palace 36-15, Hatfield 39-14 and Bury 37-31. This meant Warriors were playing off for top six placings in the country on the Sunday.
Their first match was against a strong Eagles side and in the early stages the match went goal for goal until Warriors’ defence stepped up to intercept the ball.
Warriors had the lead at half-time, however, the nerves took hold and Eagles capitalised on their mistakes to edge ahead.
Despite a huge push to win the final quarter it wasn’t enough as Eagles held their nerve to take the win 28-24.
Warriors took the lessons from the early match and showed their resilience to come back and beat Hucclecote 29-23 to secure a place in the third/fourth place play-off against Leeds Athletic.
Warriors went out composed and full of confidence by taking a slim early lead. They maintained their performance and composure for the full match keeping continuous pressure on the Leeds attack and remaining clinical in their shooting circle.
Despite a Leeds fightback in the fourth quarter, Warriors took the win 27-20 to finish third in the country and win the bronze medal.
It was an amazing result for team, many of which train in Oakham, with the club now retaining third place at the Under 16 Nationals for the second year running.
Squad: Ellie Gallacher, Evie Mallon, Amy Braithwaite, Milly McManus, Millie Van Nierop, Georgie Brock-Taylor, Ella Bacon, Jesse Jardine, Corey McGlynn, Romilly Das, Bethan Lount, Hannah Hicks.