On Wednesday 4th December Worthing College netball squad travelled to Places Leisure Centre, Eastleigh to defend their AOC South East regional title, and try to reach the National Championships in April once again.
The team had a very tough draw starting off playing a strong Brockenhurst side. Worthing began the match well pressuring the ball throughout the court forcing numerous turnovers. Shelby and Livi were shooting at 100% with some lovely feeds into the circle from Megan and Phoebe. Defensively we were very strong with Lauren, Charlotte and Eli making it difficult for Brock. Worthing took the game away winning 18-9 – a great start.
The girls played QMC next with a very convincing 21-1 win. Eloise shooting well with Shelby, Lily and Holly feeding well and Lexi bringing the ball down court well at wd.
The next match was Peter Symonds who the girls had struggled against last week, today was a different story. The centre court of Phoebe and Megan put into practice what they had been training on all week and drove to the circle edge nicely before feeding Shelby and Livi who were shooting beautifully. Defensively Lauren, Charlotte and Eli turned over numerous balls and Worthing won the match 19-5. Straight up next were Farnborough who were a very good side. The match was going goal for goal but the whole team’s defensive pressure caused a couple of turnovers for the Worthing team to win 11-7.
After the break Worthing beat Collyers 13-6 and Bexhill 30-3 before facing Esher in the semi final. The girls played very well to win 28-5 and then faced Brockenhurst again in the final. With a place in the Finals at Nottingham at stake the Worthing team started strong and were 10-4 up at half time. A couple of injuries to the Brockenhurst team marred a great final but the Worthing girls stayed focussed to win the final 16-9.
Coach Tina Price was delighted with the performance of all the squad and their efforts throughout the tournament. We look forward to defending our National title in Nottingham on 24-26th April.
Squad – Shelby Harris, Livi Miller, Eloise Harding, Megan Briggs, Lily Kenna, Phoebe Whitelam, Holly Stoner, Eli Middleton, Lexie Spurr, Charlotte Stacey, Lauren Felstead.