Successful season for school’s netball sides

Members of the Ponteland High School U14 netball squad.
Members of the Ponteland High School U14 netball squad.

Ponteland High School’s U14 netball team (Year 9) continued their winning ways by remaining undefeated in the Northumberland Netball League.

At the league finals, they ran out comfortable winners against Berwick and then went on to put in another confident performance to beat Morpeth in the final.

The girls showed great skill combined with an excellent team spirit throughout.

U14 squad: Mia Andreyeva, Lucy Dodd, Elsa Atkinson, Lucy Walby, Francesca Burrin, Lucy Fraser, Ashleigh Clayton, Catherine Walby and Yasmeen Amer.

Having topped their half of the Northumberland Netball League, the U15 (Year 10) team headed off to the finals in confident mood. In their semi-final they sailed through against Berwick and they then played Morpeth in the final.

In a furiously fast, competitive game, they held onto to a two-goal lead for most of the match only to see Morpeth equalise within the last minute of normal time to make it 9-9. During extra-time, Morpeth took an early three-goal lead but a spirited response from Ponteland saw them regain their composure and pull the match back to 11-12, only to be thwarted by the final whistle.

Although understandably disappointed, the girls were very sporting in their defeat and excellent ambassadors for the school.

U15 squad: Libby Oakes, Olivia Dixon, Emma Feechan, Gracie Chambers, Emily Herford, Annabel Cardno, Megan Roys and Beth Doyle.

Another hugely impressive year for the U18 (Sixth Form) team has culminated with them winning the county tournament and county league, finishing runners-up in the regional tournament and qualifying for the national netball finals for the second year running. They are a brilliant group of girls – very talented and very supportive of each other.

U18 squad: Sophie Reay, Rachel Cripwell, Alex Reeman, Emily Grix, Julia Elder, Grace Lambert, Charlotte Fraser, Sophie Wainwight and Jenny Wainwright.