Oaksway netball club teams in national finals

Oaksway Under 14 netball team. Picture by FRANK REID
Oaksway Under 14 netball team. Picture by FRANK REID

Two of Oaksway’s junior netball teams are aiming to comeback stronger after taking part in a national finals comepetition.

The club’s Under 16s and under 14s teams took part in the England Netball Clubs Championship held in Sheffield and Essex.

And club coach Jill Foreman said the girls were disappointed as the U16 team finished 13th, and the U14s 17th in the finals.

Jill said: “It was disappointing for the Under 16s as we were aiming for top 10 but we were not consistent enough and didn’t perform to what we are capable of.”

Foreman added: “The girls left really disappointed with how they finished but the tournament came in the middle of GCSEs for a lot of the girls and they’ve struggled to train and study.

“But 13th in the country is a really good achievement and something the girls should be proud of.”

The U16s tournament held in Essex was won by Oldham Netball Club.

Oaksway’s Under 14 side finished 17th in the tournament held in Sheffield and Foreman admitted the inexperienced team “found it very tough.”

She added: “Finishing 17th out of 18 will be learning curve for the girls.

“We had a very inexperienced team with five Under 13 players in our team but every one of them tried their best and fought until the end.”

Foreman added: “A lot of these players will still be playing in this team next year and will take a lot from this to do better.”

The Under 14 tournament was won by Ribble Valley who represented the North West region.

Looking to next year Foreman said: “The way we train in the run up to the tournament will be something we’ll look at for next year.

“The girls found it difficult to balance revision and training so we have to adapt training around it.”

Oaksway qualified for both tournaments after winning the regional competition in both age categories.