The College’s Under 14 netball team travelled to Bournemouth on the weekend of 25/26 January as regional champions ready to compete for their county in the South West round of the U14 National Schools Netball Championships.
A total of fourteen qualifying schools from the across the South West visited the Sir David English Centre in Bournemouth to take part in the competition. In the group stages, the team, comprising students in Years 7, 8 and 9, faced stiff opposition from teams from Kings College Taunton, Dauntsey’s School, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Talbot Heath School, Kingswood School and Truro School. Playing each school in turn, the young sportswomen played exceptionally well, winning all matches except against Talbot Heath School, who narrowly beat them 8-7. At the end of the rounds, the College had scored an impressive 26 points out of a possible 30 and were placed second in the heats (behind Talbot Heath School), qualifying for the semi-finals.
The semi-finals saw the team face Taunton School, the winners of the other group round. A tough game ensued, with the College losing 5-12. The playoff for third and fourth place saw the College playing Redmaids’ High School. After another long and arduous match, the ladies finished in fourth place position overall.
Newton Abbot College Teacher of Physical Education, Bryony Martin, said: “This was an incredible achievement by a really talented team. Two of our regular players were not available to play, resulting in a team made up of some younger players. Despite this, the team put in the best performance they have ever played on court and secured a fantastic fourth place in the South West Region. We are so thrilled for them and it will be a real privilege to watch these talented players go even further in the future.”