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Rain doesn’t stop play at the South West round of the National Schools competition
On what must have been the wettest Saturday of the winter, Netball South West held the regional schools’ finals at the Sir David English Sports Centre in Bournemouth on 27th January. Despite the weather, the newly refurbished courts held up well, and some exciting netball was seen by hundreds of spectators who braved the elements to support their school teams.
Forty two teams, across three age groups (U14, U16 and U19), took court to battle it out for the two qualifying places up for grabs in each age group. With teams taking part having qualified as winners or runners up from their respective county finals, the standard of this year’s competition was as high as ever.
The winners and runners-up in each age group (detailed below), will now qualify to represent the South West Region at the National finals:
St Peters School, Devon
Taunton School, Somerset
Canford School, Dorset
Marlborough College, Wiltshire
Exeter College, Devon
Hartpury College, Gloucestershire
The event was supported by a team of 29 umpires, alongside court managers and umpire mentors led by Judith Groves (ex-International Umpire) and Janice Treasure (A award umpire). We are grateful to all for their efforts on a particularly challenging day.
Karen Jones, NSW Regional Chair, thanked the Schools organising group of Pam Telford, Danny Neill, Pat Salter, Steve Richmond, and Les Thomas for all their hard work in organising and managing the event, with additional help from Linda Dyer and Sylvie Neill on the day.
We wish the qualifying schools good luck at the National finals which will be held on Saturday 17th March in Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire).
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