Netball: Ashville girls net success to make the regional finals

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

The school’s under-19s and under-16s teams – who were competing as the Harrogate and Craven representatives in the competition’s North Yorkshire county round – came first and second respectively to secure their places in the next round.

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

To achieve this 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 under-16s achieved their second place by dispatching teams from Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk; Ryedale School, Nawton; Joseph Rowntree School, York; Harrogate Ladies College; Stokesley School; and Whitby Community College.

The only team to get the better of them was Milthorpe School, York.

Sally Ward, head of girls sports at Ashville College, said: “We are incredibly proud of both our teams for securing their place at the regional round of the competition.

“The prospect of the under-19s and under-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.”

If Ashville College are successful at this stage, they go through to the national finals at Basildon Sporting Village in Essex on Saturday, March 17.