Bancroft’s double up with places at netball regionals
PUBLISHED: 09:30 23 October 2015
School qualifies after impressive showing at county championships
Bancroft’s under-14 and under-16 netball teams have something to look forward to in the new year after booking their place at the regional finals of the National Schools’ Netball Tournament.
The girls qualified for the next stage of the competition following their success at the county finals, competing against teams from all over Essex.
A lot was expected from both sets of youngsters, with the under-14s having finished as Redbridge champions while the under-16s were second in their competition.
Those results qualified the Bancroft’s students for the county stage, which took place close to home at Redbridge Sports Centre.
Up against some of the best schools in Essex, the under-16s performed brilliantly to finish as county champions.
The students went through their group unbeaten, including a hard fought 10-9 win over local rivals Wanstead, who pipped them to the Redbridge title.
Skipper Sinmi Solanke and vice-captain Tamika Quartey led from the front as Bancroft’s took home the trophy.
And the school’s director of sport and under-16 coach Dani Mugridge believes they have the ability to do even better.
“The under-16 team were outstanding,” she said.
“At the county tournament they played some of the best netball I have seen them play over the last three years.
“They are one of the best teams I have coached and worked tirelessly to secure their victory.
“I am an extremely proud coach and really hope that they progress to the national final but we have some hard work to put in between now and the regionals.”
They will be joined at the regional competition, which will also take place at Redbridge Sports Centre, by the under-14s who finished as runners-up to Trinity.
The loss to their old adversaries was their only defeat on the day, but finishing second qualified them for the regional event in January.
And Mugridge is equally excited about what the future might hold for the younger team.
“The under-14s played fantastically as well. They are a fabulous team who will only improve ready for the regionals,” she added.
“Overall I am very proud of all the efforts the girls and coaches have put in to achieve such great results!”
The school’s under-19s were also in action at the regional competition following their second place finish at the earlier borough event.
Sadly they were unable to replicate their success as they failed to qualify for the next stage.
The regional competition is on January 24 with the top two qualifying for the national finals.
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