Ribble Valley Netballers enjoy successful year

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A GOOD time was had by all at the annual Ribble Valley Netball Club presentation.

Head coach Sara Thompson reported on the success the teams have had in the last 12 months and how for such a small club, the results were amazing and all the girls should be proud of how they have improved.

Another thing that was mentioned was how well behaved and what a pleasure it is to take the girls to the tournaments over the year.

The winners of the annual awards were - Most Improved: Morgan Kay, Charlotte Williams, Hannah Wilkinson, Abi Stansfield, Clare Plowright, Freya Knowles, Sorrelle Oates, Sophie Layfield.

Players’ player: Celia Parker, Zoe Mathews, Neave Dent, Ronia Ashworth.

Coaches’ Player: Maya Worrell-Nelson, Hannah Cullens, Holly Warren, Niamh Kay, Saphi Stamford, Amy Birkett, Olivia Bowers, Morgan Ogle.

Sports Player: Ella Rogers, Scarlet Clements, Emily Haythornthwaite, Emma Taylor, Charlotte Lawson, Hannah Foster, Abi Norman, Taylor Stuart.

Best Player: Jade Myers, Neave Dent, Laura Dewhurst.

Best Shooter: Ella Boys, Olivia McVarnish, Emily Rogers.

Best Centre: Isabella Whalley, Meg Wild, Jordan Balasz.

Best Defender: Indi Hickey, Emma Layfield, Jemma Holden.

The farmhouse fare award went to Melissa Meade and the adult volunteer went to Julie Bates.

A big congratulations went out to the girls who got into the Yorkshire Jets and the Northern Thunder teams.

Meanwhile, Ribble Valley Netball Club have been in action again in the regional qualifiers.

In the first games against Leyland, the Under 14s team had a narrow 28-23 after a good battling performance, with several key players unavailable.

The Under 16s team had a convincing 66-20 win, and the seniors had another well-contested game, losing 46-37.

At the second set of fixtures, the club entertained teams from the Wirral, and the seniors had the game of the day against a very experienced team, losing by a very narrow margin.

The Under 14s team had a few key players returning and made easy work of seeing off their opponents 38-8.

Not wanting to be outdone, the Under 16s went on to a nearly as impressive win, 59-24. The coaches had nothing but praise for all the hard work the girls put in.