The King’s School’s netballers hit the heights in the Cheshire County Championship Netball Finals, winning both the U18 and the U13 titles, whilst the U12s made it all the way to the finals.
The superb U13 team put together some fast-paced, strategically intelligent performances to win the final against The Grange by an astonishing 16-1 margin, having previously beaten Lymm, Upton, Fallibroome and Bishop Heber and then Wilmslow 12-5 in the semi-final.
Melanie Stephens, King’s U13 netball coach, said: “It was a strong, all-round performance built on clinical finishing, wonderful feeds from the centre court players and impressive play from defenders. The girls also had an impressive run to reach the semi-finals of the National Independent Schools Cup. It is the second successive year this group has won the county title and they will no doubt continue to contend for national honours as they progress through the school years.”
This latest county trophy will be added to that of the King’s U18 netball squad, who also won their County Championship, beating Wilmslow 11-5 in the final. The Cheshire Cup final marked the end of the season and the end of the school careers of four of the girls in year 13. Anna, goalkeeper Hope Sutton, Eve Carter and Cordy Kight will move on next year after playing in the same closeknit King’s team for 11 years. Captain Anna Warham said, “Our secret is our team ethic.”
The U12 King’s squad seemed on the course to make it a King’s treble but lost 3-1 to The Grange in the final. Earlier, they had been unbeaten winning against Hartford 17-3, Lymm 15-2, Alderley Edge School for Girls 14-1 and Queen’s Chester 8-1 in the semi-final. U12 coach Lisa Booker said, “The final really could have gone either way, but these girls will return stronger and even more determined.”
Photo: King’s U13s (back) and U12s (middle and at the front).