Netballers continue school’s sporting success

The winning team
The winning team

Hot on the heels of the success of the year seven footballers at St Cecilia’s High School, Longridge, the year 11 netballers have now been victorious in the Preston Schools’ Year 11 Netball Tournament.

On February 9, St Cecilia’s, which has newly refurbished outside surfaces which hold six netball courts, three five-a-side football pitches and a basketball court, hosted the Preston Schools’ Year 11 Netball Tournament.

The St Cecilia’s girls were determined to win the tournament, an honour which had previously eluded them.

With GCSE exams just around the corner this would prove a last opportunity for the girls to stake their claim as Preston’s number one netball team for their age group.

The girls got off to a flying start with a 9-1 win over Longridge High School and a 5-1 win over Broughton High School.

The third fixture proved to be much tougher but the girls succeeded with a comfortable 7-4 win over Archbishop Temple High School.

The final between St Cecilia’s and Our Lady’s Catholic High School was a close call with both teams evenly matched.

This match resulted in a 2-2 draw, which was enough to see St Cecilia’s over the finish line and crowned Preston champions. The girls now travel to Barcelona, in April, to take on Spanish opposition as well as other English sides from around the country.

The school’s boys football team will also be travelling with the girls to Barcelona for intensive coaching sessions and fixtures against local sides.

Sarah Bethwaite, Head of PE at St Cecilia’s said: “I am extremely happy for the girls. They have been close on a number of occasions and were desperate to win this tournament in their final year. This will give them great confidence going into the Barcelona trip. Well done girls.”

Players are Bethany Pickering, Bethany Millington, Leah Molloy, Olivier Broad, Harriet Wright, Katie Wilson, Molly Bradshaw, Jess Wright, Amelia McDowell. The previous Saturday the school’s year seven footballers represented Lancashire’s year sevens at the regional football tournament for their age group, competing against the best of the north west, and were the smallest school in the competition, facing much larger schools from Merseyside and Manchester, coming fourth.