Ashville teams reach national finals

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Two netball teams from Harrogate’s Ashville College will represent North Yorkshire in the regional round of the prestigious National Schools Netball Tournament.

The school’s U-19s and U-16s netball teams – competing as the Harrogate and Craven representatives in the North Yorkshire County round - came first and second respectively to secure their places.

The county round, held at Ashville College, saw the U-19s win all seven of their matches to be crowned North Yorkshire County Champions.

They beat teams from Easingwold School; Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering; St Peter’s School, York; St Aidan’s School, Harrogate; Thirsk School, Scarborough Sixth Form College and Joseph Rowntree School, York.The U-16s, who came second, achieved their place by dispatching teams from Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk; Ryedale School, Nawton; Joseph Rowntree School, York; Harrogate Ladies College; Stokesely School and Whitby Community College.

The only team who go the better of them was Milthorpe School, York.

Sally Ward, Head of Girls Sports at Ashville College, said: “The prospect of the U-19s and U-16s representing North Yorkshire is something we are very excited about

“Both teams trained extremely hard to get to this stage and they know they will have to put in even more effort if they want to play in the finals. I’m confident of their abilities and January can’t come soon enough for me.”

The Ashville teams will represent North Yorkshire in January. If they are successful, they then go through to the National finals on Saturday, March 17, at Basildon Sporting Village.

Meantime, a talented U-19s team member is a step closer to achieving her dream of playing for England.

Katherine Bullock has improved her game so much over the last 12 months that – at the age of 16 - she has progressed from the junior development squad to the main Yorkshire Jets National Talent League (NTL) team.

The Lower Sixth former, who plays mainly in goal defence, trains regularly at Leeds Carnegie Sports Centre for several representative teams.

The Jets took part in their first major tournament in Sheffield last weekend, where they won six out of their nine matches.

Katherine said: “It’s very exciting playing for the Jets and it’s a real step up for me from last year’s achievements in the development squad.

“Last weekend’s tournament has given us a real boost for the games ahead, and we are hopeful of winning the league!”

“With the England trials looming in March, it’s every girl for herself to gain a position on court to impress the selectors at our NTL matches. It is my goal to be chosen for England and to be a regular member of the national team.”

Katherine is also a key member of the U19 squad.