Net gains

17 Jan 2024 02:08
Published by: Scott Callan

SLICK on-court team work saw The King’s School’s under-14 netball team lift the Cheshire Championships with a convincing 9-5 win over The Bridgewater School.
The team from Worsley could not match the clinical finishing of the Macclesfield school’s girls with goal shooters Lucy Atkinson and Rose McNulty and goal attack Lottie Baxter on fire.
King’s under-14 netball coach Melanie Stephens said: “They have played together for three years and that understanding shows on court. They almost know where one another will be without having to look up and play with great nuance and finesse.”
The under-14s went one better than the King’s senior side, who got to the semi-final and have also had a superb year with Lydia Hine selected for the England Roses for the third successive year, while also earning the captaincy of the top regional side The Manchester Thunder under-19s.
Her teammate Madi Baxter, 18, is excelling as a coach having just passed her qualifications and is now working with Cheshire under-14s.
Madi, who also plays for Tameside, said: “I love being able to pass on what I have learned and see the same joy on the faces of the girls that I had at their age.”
The school has a number of talented players including Esme Sutton, who is in both the under-15 Welsh National Academy and the under-15 Cheshire Development Pathway.

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