Tough test in regional final

LINING UP: Bourne Grammar School's under-14 squad was Amelia Gardner (captain), Lily Storer, Sinead Mandy, Polly Luscombe, Chloe Ladley, Gabby Marechal, Georgia Morton, Julia Eglin, Lily Gray.
LINING UP: Bourne Grammar School's under-14 squad was Amelia Gardner (captain), Lily Storer, Sinead Mandy, Polly Luscombe, Chloe Ladley, Gabby Marechal, Georgia Morton, Julia Eglin, Lily Gray.
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Following their success at the Lincolnshire tournament in November, Bourne Grammar School’s under-14 netball team went on to represent the county at the East Midlands tournament held at Leicester.

This is the first time that a team from Bourne Grammar has reached this level and a tough test was expected in a tournament that is traditionally dominated by Independent schools.

The first match was against Oundle School who are regular national finalists.

Bourne started off well in a very tight and competitive match. There was very little between the teams but Bourne just had the edge and won 6-5.

The next opposition were Uppingham and in a very physical game Bourne came off second best and lost 7-3.

The girls picked themselves up, though, for their third match against West Bridgford School and played some outstanding netball to win 7-1.

The group was extremely close at this stage and Bourne needed to win their final game to go through to the semi-finals.

The players worked hard against Ecclesbourne School but could not catch up the early lead and lost 9-4.

Oundle went on to be crowned champions, beating Uppingham in extra-time.

Coach Jackie Mohan said: “The players can be very proud of themselves from the way they have trained leading up to the tournament to their tremendous play and conduct on the day. They did beat the regional champions!

“A special thank you must go to Sinclairs of Stamford who sponsored hoodies and jackets for the girls.

“The players are always well supported by the parents which is greatly appreciated and many thanks to Emma Brewster for her support on and off courtside.”