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U19s County Netball Champions

netball champions stamfordOn Wednesday Stamford High School hosted and won the Lincolnshire U19s County Netball Tournament, after an incredibly close finale.

A strong start in their five games before the designated lunch break meant the side racked up the goals in wins over Lincoln College, Bourne Grammar, Lincoln Minster, Spalding and Franklin College. After a short break for lunch at midday -allowing the girls to warm up after an extremely wet morning- the side faced Caistor Grammar, Carre’s Grammar and Skegness Grammar in their final 3 matches.

A win against Caistor Grammar set-up a winner-takes-all match against Carre’s, who had also won all of their matches, to determine the county champions and who would thus advance to the Regional tournament. A fabulous end to end game ensued, eventually resulting in a thrilling 10-10 draw. High on adrenaline after a fantastic game, the girls went on to win their final match 23-2.

With a tie for first place, there was huge tension during the final presentation with the knowledge it would take goal difference (GD) to decide the winners. Finally it was announced that SHS’s +109 GD bettered Carre’s +64 GD, crowning the side county champions. Astonishingly this meant the side had managed to score 130 goals in just 128 minutes of action.

Stamford High School sports teacher, Catherine Raitt was full of praise; “What a phenomenal achievement. The whole squad played some of the best netball I have ever seen here. All the fitness and hard work this term has truly paid off. A special mention must go the parents who came out in force on a bitterly cold and damp day.”

County Championship winning squad: Olivia Ellson (Captain), Deanna Alderman, Honor Burges-Lumsdon, Velvet Cordial, Charlotte Crombie, Brittany Ellis, Emily Grace, Philippa King, Maeve Macdonald, Alice Radford and Alexandra Wilkinson.