The Barnby Road team, from left, Evie Marrow, Louisa Lamont, Kayleigh Fairclough, Joe Doubell, Evie Gore, Nancy Millar and Evie Fellows
The Barnby Road team, from left, Evie Marrow, Louisa Lamont, Kayleigh Fairclough, Joe Doubell, Evie Gore, Nancy Millar and Evie Fellows

Young netball players again did the area proud as they competed at the regional finals of a tournament.

Teams from Barnby Road Academy, Newark, and Chuter Ede Primary School, Balderton, represented Nottinghamshire at the East Midlands High 5 after winning the Newark and District Primary School Sports Association (NDPSSA) competition and finishing first and second respectively at the county finals.

Barnby Road came third after a round robin format tournament involving ten teams. They won five and drew one of their nine matches.

Chuter Ede, who reached the regional stage for a third successive year, won two and drew one of their matches to finish ninth.

Barnby Road were led by netball coach Mrs Sarah Gore.

She said: “At lunch we asked the team to dig deep over the final three games to see if they could improve their fifth place.

“They responded amazingly in very difficult conditions and we managed to finish with two wins and a draw, securing us third place.

“We are extremely proud of the way in which the children managed the conditions and conducted themselves throughout the day. A number of people commented on the good style of netball that we played with all of the children ensuring it was a real team effort.”

The Chuter Ede team, from left, Harriet Adwick, Leah Bower, Evie Brooks, Esme Fletcher, Tia Scott, Harrison Fletcher and Lucy-Mae Roche
The Chuter Ede team, from left, Harriet Adwick, Leah Bower, Evie Brooks, Esme Fletcher, Tia Scott, Harrison Fletcher and Lucy-Mae Roche

The secretary and netball coordinator of NDPSSA, Amy Fell, who is also pe coordinator and netball coach at Chuter Ede, said: “It’s a credit to all the children who played that they coped so well with the extreme heat and persevered all day, enjoying the netball.

“I am proud of all of them. They are my superstars. Ninth in the East Midlands is amazing.”