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Success once again for Worthing College Netballers qualifying for the AOC National Championships

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.

AOC 3 2019The 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.

WORTHING COLLEGE NETBALL 1ST TEAM V BISHOP BURTON – AOC NATIONAL CUP SEMI FINAL – WON 64-16

Another long road trip for Worthing College netball 1st team – this time in the prestigious AOC National Cup semi final away to Bishop Burton College in Hull.

The girls plus Tina, Sarah and our wonderful minibus driver Colin travelled up on Tuesday evening, and 6 hours later we arrived at the Travelodge in Doncaster to rest up for the match the next day.

Cup semi final 2A breakfast stop and birthday celebrations for Tina in the morning put everyone in good spirits and we drove the final half an hour to Bishop Burton College – the setting, surroundings and facilities there were incredible to say the least.

After a good warm up the girls started off very well with Iona intercepting the first ball setting the scene for the rest of the match! Full court defensive pressure by everyone made it very difficult for Bishop Burton to get into their stride and with some lovely shooting from Betsy, Worthing won the first qtr 15-3. The second quarter continued in the same manner with Iona, Charlotte and Eli so strong in defence turning over numerous balls. The attack of Betsy, Livi, Grace and Bethen were linking up well creating lots of chances, shooting well and a half time lead of 30-7.

Lexie was introduced at wa in the 3rd quarter and she got out well at centre passes with some good feeds into the 2 shooters. Worthing continued to dominate the play with Bishop Burton making lots of changes to try and improve their situation. The girls were relentless and chased down every loose ball not giving an inch – 3 qtr time was 43-11. The final quarter the pressure was off and the girls enjoyed the final quarter knowing they would be reaching the final – 64-16 the final score.

Coach Tina Price was delighted with all of the team’s performance and it was well worth the long trip to Hull on her birthday!

The girls will now face Barking Abbey in the National Cup Final on Wednesday 1st May at Birmingham University. This is a few days after they represent the South East at the AOC National Championship Finals weekend at Nottingham University playing against the other 8 region winners in the Country. What a season they are having!