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Local school crowned national netball champions

A netball team playing on a dark grey overcast day

Published at 11:34am 11th July 2018. (Updated at 11:37am 11th July 2018)

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A little bit of snow usually brings things to a bit of a standstill. But for this local school, even snowfall couldn't stop them from becoming national champions. 

The U19's Senior Netball team from Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate started in the tournament in September. Throughout the year, they've become county champions, regional champions, and finally headed to Hertfordshire in March, where they beat Bromsgrove to become national champions. 


Melissa Hyndman, the Director of Netball, and Tuainne Keenan, a coach at Queen Ethelburga's credit the girls' win to good preparation. When the snow started to fall, the team were ready with thermals and makeshift hot water bottles, having prepared for all eventualities. 

The team were also prepared well with the highest standards in coaching: Melissa brings experience of coaching both the Welsh and Fijian national teams to Queen Ethelburga's, and Tuainne played for three years in the national super league.

Queen Ethelburgas Netball

Two of the students who are part of the team have ambition to keep playing at University and beyond. Gwyn, who is Captain, and Chloe who is Vice Captain, and have made it to the England Pathways, which often leads to the national team 'England Roses'.

Beth Parsons spoke with the Melissa, Tuainne, Gwyn the Captain and Chloe, the Vice Captain, about winning the championship:

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