Ashville Girls braced to take on the country’s finest at finals


A HARROGATE school’s netball team are preparing for their very own ‘Olympic finals’ as they represent Yorkshire in tomorrow’s National Schools Netball Competition finals.

Since Ashville College U-19s netball squad won through to the finals in January, the team led by girls’ head of sport, Sally Ward, have been focusing on lifting the title for the region.

The last time an Ashville team represented Yorkshire in the finals was in 2010.

That year it was the U-16s who were competing at the highest level, and a number of the players are now in the squad for tomorrow’s clash at Basildon, Essex.

The team secured its place to represent the region after beating teams from across the region, including local rivals St Aidan’s and the Grammar School at Leeds.

Their coach is proud yet realistic about tomorrow.

Ms Ward said: “The girls are under no illusion that tomorrow’s finals are going to be the toughest day yet for them.

“They have done incredibly well to reach the finals and we are very proud of their achievement.

“Over the last eight weeks the team have taken their training to a new level in preparation for their big day tomorrow.

“The team has had great support in the preliminary rounds and we have a coach-load of supporters travelling with us to Essex.

“Our sights are set on the ultimate prize, but I will be proud of the girls’ whatever the result.”