Stonyhurst College netball player hopes for England call-up

Millie Arnold (left) with Mrs Emma Kay, Head of Girls Games at Stonyhurst College
Millie Arnold (left) with Mrs Emma Kay, Head of Girls Games at Stonyhurst College
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HOCKEY and netball teams from Stonyhurst College are enjoying an extraordinarily successful term, having won 23 out of their 24 fixtures so far.

The college’s senior 1st and 2nd teams in both sports remain unbeaten, while in netball Millie Arnold has been selected to join the North Regional Academy, training with ex-international Karen Grieg and hoping for England trials at the end of the year.

Both Millie and Ella Chippendale have been selected for Lancashire Netball. The Under-14, Under-16 and Under-19s netball teams will soon be playing in the National Schools Tournament – the first time all three age groups from Stonyhurst will be represented in the National Competition, which was won last year by the college’s Under-14s team. This follows the Under-15s’ victory at the HMC Tournament hosted by Stonyhurst earlier this month.

In Hockey, Stonyhurst’s Under-16s team performed magnificently in the National Schools Championships County Finals and will now go on to represent Lancashire in the North West Regional Finals.

Without exception all of the girls played extremely well in a series of long hard-fought matches gaining convincing victories over Rossall (2-0), Bains (3-1) and Lytham (4-0). Helen Finn did a fine job as Captain and Beatty Smith was awarded the college’s “Player of the Tournament” award for her fearless tackling and total commitment.

Faith Aylward proved a class act, providing a series of beautifully weighted through-balls, whilst Yael Morkens, Hannah Fogden and Ann Marie Connolly proved a very able strike force. Defensively, Ellie Butschok-Brain, Lucy Lloyd, Lily Young, Nicole Pedley, Charlotte Kelly and Amelia O’Connor did some sterling work, and goal keeper Emma Leach pulled off a series of fine saves particularly against National Champions, Arnold.

All in all, girls’ sport at Stonyhurst is going from strength to strength, and is almost unique in representing all age groups in County and National tournaments in both hockey and netball.