Six members of the team – Anna Barker, Amelia Blackburn, Lily Browne, Frankie Chapman, Tara Jones and Clemmie Preston – were selected last term for the England Performance Pathway netball programme. Together with team-mates Lily Naylor and Erin Esler they have trained at Terrington Hall under head of girls games Natalie Glen and at Malton Netball Club under Tricia Martin and Alison Sellars.
Terrington Hall’s head of girls’ games Natalie Glen said:
This is an outstanding result for the girls, two of whom – Amelia Blackburn and Anna Barker – are only under-12 players.
The team’s success has been down to the girls’ athleticism, skill and collective commitment, and I am especially proud of the achievements of the two younger players who are talents to watch for the future. The team has also benefited enormously from the advice and expertise of Malton netball club coaches Tricia Martin and Alison Sellars.
By far the toughest encounter of the season was against Ryedale School where the team came up against several of their Malton Netball Club teammates. In the end, Terrington’s superior defence won the day with Amelia Blackburn and Frankie Chapman denying Ryedale’s excellent shooters possession.
Mrs Martin said:
This is one of the best teams I have had the pleasure of developing at Terrington Hall. Naturally athletic and responsive to advice, they have learned fast and trained hard both at school and at Malton Netball Club where they are all members.
It is difficult to single out particular talents, but a special mention must go to Frankie Chapman for her versatility and leadership.