HULME GRAMMAR had no complaints and were positively deighted about being second best as their under-16 netball team finished runners-up in the national schools’ championships which were held at Roedean School, Brighton.
What a great achievement to be the second best school in the country, a feat that exceeded expectations.
And as six of the girls, some of whom are Saddleworth based, are under-15 players, they qualify for next year’s competition.
Hulme, already the county super league champions, had eight tough games in the morning against Millfield, Guildford, Beaconsfield, Loughborough, Tudor Grange, Whitley Bay, Grammar School at Leeds and Kings John School.
They qualified for the semi-final where they met Wirral Grammar and made it through to the final after a nail biting semi by bringing it back after being three goals down with not long to go.
They got a penalty pass and shot on the final whistle with Lucy Shephard potting the goal and forcing extra time as Hulme went on to win.
They went on to play Grammar School at Leeds in the final, but fell at the last hurdle.
Hulme under-15s netball team, again with a Saddleworth contingent, beat Millfield School 39-36 in the final of the independent schools’ national competition at Redbridge Sports Centre, Essex.
The girls, who had already won an independent schools’ league and knockout, were outstanding against a tall Millfield side and managed to hold the lead throughout the the game. with Olivia Gilbertson named player of the match.
Not only was it an amazing performance from the girls but also to be able to compete with the likes of Millfield School, Somerset, one of the top sport performing schools in the country was outstanding.
It has been a successful 2015/16 netball season for Hulme at other age groups.
Both the year five and six teams won the North West Independent Junior Schools’ Tournaments.
Year eight won the Oldham Schools’ Netball League and Oldham Schools’ Tournament.
In year nine, Hulme were runners-up in the Oldham Schools’ Netball League and winners of the Oldham Schools’ Tournament.
There was victory in the Oldham Schools’ Netball League for year 10.