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Bronze for Stratford Thunderbirds on national stage




The U12A team (in no order) of Isabella Balzaretti, Mollie Hegarty, Charlotte Frank-Steier, Isobel Lock, Sienna Hollier, Abigail Brennan, Hannah Constance, Lara Whitting and Jessica Monthe with England international Sasha Corbin and representatives of ENG Sport UK.
The U12A team (in no order) of Isabella Balzaretti, Mollie Hegarty, Charlotte Frank-Steier, Isobel Lock, Sienna Hollier, Abigail Brennan, Hannah Constance, Lara Whitting and Jessica Monthe with England international Sasha Corbin and representatives of ENG Sport UK.

STRATFORD’s junior netballers reached a new landmark on Saturday when they took the bronze medal from their very first National Finals.

After winning the central regional final in December, Thunderbirds were among the 16 top-ranking teams to travel to High Wycombe for the netball showcase staged by ENG Sport UK.

Thunderbirds were seeded as No.1 for Group D and started the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Kingston. They then followed this up with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Sutton Town.

Thunderbirds’ fast, long and accurate passing also outwitted their final Group D opponents, Magnet (Berkshire), as they ran out comfortable 7-2 victors.

In the semi-final, Thunderbirds faced Tameside which proved to be the only upset of the day.

Only marginally ahead 5-3 at half-time, the Northern regional winners were anything but tame in the second half as they surged ahead to win the game 11-4.

There was some consolation for the Thunderbirds, though, when they faced Eastern champions Comberton (Cambridgeshire) in the third place play-off.

This was more in keeping with earlier play and the unruffled team repaired their situation with a clear win to claim the bronze medal.

“The girls were exceptional,” said head coach Kelly McCormack.

“Both they and the coaches have worked extremely hard in the run-up to this competition.”



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