Some of the best young club netballers in the country converged on Barkingside at the weekend to compete for the accolade of being the best U14 side in the country.
All of the action got underway on Saturday morning with the first group stage – and in the afternoon the teams were re-allocated into six new groups in some fantastically closely contested matches.
One more group stage was played on Sunday morning with seeding hanging in the balance from the previous day’s results.
Before the showpiece final, the group to determine who made it in to the top six sides was extremely tight – all sides in this group won one game and lost one game each, meaning it went down to goal difference.
This excruciatingly close section was, in turn, topped by Eagles who made it to the top six play offs.
Sunday’s deciding final was an all North West affair between Tameside and YWCA Bury and what a game it was!
Tameside pulled ahead in first quarter with YWCA Bury fighting back in the remaining quarters and from here it was neck and neck.
Bury got to within one goal in the final quarter but Tameside managed to hold on tight for the win and were presented with their trophy by the England Netball President, Lindsay Sartori and Hertfordshire Mavericks and England shooter George Fisher.
Tameside have emulated the success of their U16 club-mates after they also won their age group in Newcastle earlier this month.
England Netball would like to congratulate Tameside for another impressive victory and to all the sides involved in some fantastic netball across the weekend.
We would also like to thank all umpires, officials and volunteers for their amazing work in Redbridge!
The final standings from the weekend are below:
1st – Tameside
2nd – YWCA Bury
3rd – Eagles NC
4th – MK Netters
5th – Oaksway
6th – Turnford
7th – Ryland
8th – Hucclecote
9th – Leeds Athletic
10th – Chevrons
11th – AP Saints
12th – Poole Ferns
13th – Crystal Palace NC
14th – Birmingham City
15th – Grangetown
16th – Co-Jags
17th – Brigg NC
18th – Bramcote NC