Ribble Valley netballers clinch Bury First Division title

CHAMPIONS: Ribble Valley Under 16s. Inset, left, players at the club's own tournament, and, right, the Under 13s
CHAMPIONS: Ribble Valley Under 16s. Inset, left, players at the club's own tournament, and, right, the Under 13s
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Ribble Valley Netball Club Under 16s are celebrating after being crowned the Bury Division One Ladies’ League champions.

The league has always been regarded as a very tough league to play in, and the girls did themselves and the club proud by winning the league.

And their success means they have been promoted to the Bury Ladies’ Premier Division next season, which the team are really looking forward to.

Meanwhile, Ribble Valley’s Under 13s had a full weekend of netball playing at the Chester Tournament and the Greater Manchester tournament recently.

On the Saturday, they travelled to the Wirral to take on seven strong teams from the north of England, only losing to the eventual winners of the tournament, Tameside.

Then on Sunday they headed to Manchester to play against five of the strongest teams in the country, and did themselves proud by playing great netball and managing to beat two of the teams and only losing to the others by a small margin.

Head coach Sara Thompson was ecstatic at the way the team played, and how they are developing into a very strong squad.

She also had praise for the parents of the squad for the commitment they show every week, taking the squad to these tournaments and for the encouragement towards the team during and in between the games.

The club also had a great day at their own tournament, which was held at theAccrington Academy.

The Under 9s and u10s played in horrible weather conditions, with rain, hailstone and wind to contend with, so it was always going to be a challenge.

With many of the girls playing in their first tournament, the weather did not stop all of the teams recording at least one win during the morning.

The Under 11s, 16s, and 19s took to the courts in the afternoon in much improved conditions and also did the club proud with some great netball.