Clubs from all over the UK took their U16 squads to Northumbria University between Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May to battle it out to be the best in the country. Eighteen sides set out their stall to make it through the rounds of the National Clubs U16 Finals where two days of impressive netball were contested at Sport Central with an amazingly tense final at the end of the weekend.
From the 11th v 12th play-off upwards all games were extremely close – so much so, none of the six placing games finished with a margin greater than five goals.
In the 5th v 6th match, Kent County managed to edge out Hucclecote by a single goal, 24-23 and Telstars picked up 3rd place as they beat Leeds Athletic 28-26 – these two fixtures set up a great final game.
The 1st v 2nd game between Tameside and YWCA Bury was the closest match of the day and was a fitting final flourish.
The fixture was tied at 19-all with less than ten seconds to go when Tameside slotted the final goal away to take the victory and the trophy!
England Netball would like to congratulate Tameside, plus all seventeen other sides for reaching the National Finals and also extend a huge thank you to Netball North East for hosting the tournament
The final standings are below:
- YWCA Bury
- Leeds Athletic
- Kent County
- Eagles NC
- MK Netters
- Northants JM
- Norfolk Utd
- Team Jets