Year 8 Girls
Starting this Saturday and every following Saturday
Hockey & Netball Club
Hockey on the Tennis Courts
10.30 – 12 noon
Netball in the Sports hall
Come equipped and enjoy
Every girl welcome
2015 - 2016
This season has been another successful year for netball within Friends’ with two teams from Minor through to Senior level, each competing in both the South Eastern Area league and their respective Cup Competitions. In total eight teams were competing over the course of the season, with the Year 8’s entered in tournaments after the Easter break.
The Year 8’s have worked hard all year training on both a Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning, and are showing a lot of potential for their future seasons playing for Friends. They competed in two tournaments in April and May.
The Minor and Junior teams, both A and B, all experienced a difficult season. Their leagues this year boasted highly competitive games with very strong competition. The Minors, captained by Caitlyn McBurney, worked hard all year and have shown much improvement, as have the Juniors, captained by Lisanne Donaldson, who experienced some success in reaching the Semi Final of the Northern Ireland Plate competition. They were defeated by a very strong Cookstown High team, who successfully went on to win the Plate.
At regional level, both Emily McMurtry and Caitlyn McBurney, from the Minor A team, were successful on being selected to the NI SE U13 Regional Development Squad. They competed in the NI RDA Tournament in May.
The Intermediate teams, both A and B, experienced a great season. The A’s, captained by Francesca Pickering, were successful in reaching the SE Area league Finals, having beaten Assumption, Wallace and Lagan College, to meet OLSPCK in the Final. They were beaten in this final, however went on to experience more success in the NI Cup and Shield Competitions. In the second round of the Cup they lost in a highly competitive game to St. Dominic’s, by only two goals. This then saw them entered in to the NI Shield. They overcame Mt. Lourdes in the Semi-final with a very competent and went on to face Cookstown High in the NI Final. In a competitive game the Intermediate A’s beat Cookstown convincingly 26-13 to secure the Millen Shield.
The Inter B’s, captained by Lauren Irwin, experienced a tough league this year and every game was competitive and played at a great standard. They reached the third round of the Cup, playing St. Dominic’s, who had beaten the A’s in the previous round, and although were not successful in winning, played an incredible game which shocked themselves and their competition!
At regional level this year two Intermediates were successful in being selected to the NI SE U15 Regional Development Squad, Victoria Hunter and Shannon McCleery. They competed in the NI RDA Tournament in April.
The Seniors experienced another successful season this year, captained by Kerry Hemphill. The A team had two good wins in the league but were defeated by Assumption and OLSPCK. However in the Cup competition they reached the second round, having beaten Mt. Lourdes very convincingly in the first. Their competition was once again Assumption; another hard fought battle ensued, with Assumption the victors on this occasion. This loss saw them entered in to the Shield competition, where they were successful in beating Wallace in another great performance to reach the Final of the Millen Shield. They faced Methody in the final which proved to be another successful performance from this very competent group of young ladies, and they were successful in bringing home the Shield for the second consecutive year. How very fitting that the Shield was sponsored by Gina Millen, the girls coach of many years and sponsor of the shield competition. She was very proud!
The Senior B’s, captained by Emer Drayne, had a mixed season producing some great performances, in a highly competitive league. They had tough competition in both their league and cup fixtures, but continued to produce consistent performances throughout their season.
The season culminated in a senior tour of the North Coast, visiting Cookstown, Limavady, Portrush and Ballycastle. The squad played two matches against Cookstown High and Cross and Passion, winning both matches comfortably and also enjoyed outdoor activities in Carrowmena Activity Centre. There were plenty of highlights from the tour, a giant sack race, the high ropes, great netball, but most memorable, dessert in the ramor!
In the U19 Schools Tournament five players from the Senior A’s were selected to compete in the South Eastern squad; Kerry Hemphill, Danielle Bingham, Rheo Hue, Shannon Aiken and Emily Simpson. The SE squad were overall winners in the competition, a great result in a highly competitive tournament.
At National U17 level three players from the Senior and Intermediate squads were selected to train as part of the U17 squad. Rachael Mason, Ruby McElhinney and Shannon Scott all attended training throughout the season, and have shown significant improvement.
At final trail both Racheal and Ruby were selected to represent NI in the U17 European Championships, held in Gibraltar. Ruby was awarded her first International Cap in the competition, and Rachael secured a further two International Caps. Shannon was first reserve for this squad and has been retained, along with Rachael, to train as part of the NI U21 squad in preparation for the U21 Europeans taking place at the end of the year.
This season has proved to be another successful year for FSL Netball. The future shows promise with talented younger players moving up through the school and with Friends’ being represented on both the Regional and National stage. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable first season for me as coach within school. Thank you to all the girls who have shown their commitment and worked hard. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve next year.