Ribble Valley girl gets taste of elite netball

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Niamh Kay from Ribble Valley Netball Club had her first taste of the sport at the highest level at the weekend when she played her first games for Manchester Thunder, the current champions of England.

After weeks of very hard training with the Thunder coaches, Niamh was moved up from the extension academy to the main academy, due to her hard work and determination.

The games were played against three other teams from the Thunder academy, as well as the Scotland Under 17 squad.

After their matches, the squads got to watch the National Super League game between Manchester Thunder and Team Bath, and Niamh is pictured with England and Manchester Thunder defender Emma Dovey.

Meanwhile, Ribble Valley Under 13s had another fantastic win at Reddish on Sunday, beating Bury 23-16.

The coach tried a few players in different positions to the ones they usually play in to great effect.

Lucy and Brenna in defence gave the Bury attack a torrid time with some outstanding work, and the centre role was given to Niamh, whose workrate was relentless throughout the match.

The wing roles were shared between Eva, Ella and Hannah, and all three girls excelled in both wing defence and wing attack roles when asked to do so.

The attacking pair of Millie and Nina linked up very well with each other and hardly missed a shot all through the match.

Head coach Sara Thompson was delighted with the way the girls put skills they had been working on in training into the match, and the hard work they showed right up to the final whistle.

The Rangos had another win, 28-5, and are fast becoming the team to beat in their division.