College foiled at final hurdle

Year 11 netball team at Whitby Community College
Year 11 netball team at Whitby Community College
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WHITBY Community College finished as runners-up in the Scarborough and District year 11 netball tournament - but celebrated as three players got through the district trials.

The standard was high and 40 girls were whittled down to just 14.

- Rebecca Laffan, Becky Blythman and Paige Beeforth who have netball trials

- Rebecca Laffan, Becky Blythman and Paige Beeforth who have netball trials

Becky Blythman was selected as a defender and Rebecca Laffan as a shooter for the under 16s, while sixth former Paige Beeforth was picked at the under 18s trials, an excellent achievement by all three girls.

Teams from across the area competed in what is always a fiercely competitive affair, at Graham School.

Whitby Community College met Graham in their first match and defeated them 11-0 before Pindar, pre-tournament favourites, with four district players in their team were defeated 7-4.

The college then saw off Lady Lumleys 9-3.

In the final, the girls met their old adversaries Ryedale. The score was 3-3 at half-time in an incredibly tense game.

With just one minute to go Whitby were trailing 5-4 but had a penalty shot - unfortunately it spun round the rim and came out again.

Ryedale capitalised on this, whisked it to the other end and scored for 6-4.!

The team’s disappointment was lessened by the fact that not just the tournament winners, but the runners-up too qualified for the North Yorkshire County Round on 12 November at Harrogate.

The team played their best netball to date - it was slick, fluent and aesthetically pleasing .

Chloe Purves’ shooting was flawless and incredibly consistent and she was ably backed up in the shooting circle by Beth Helliwell and Lydia Snedden.

In centre court, Maria Mastrolonardo dominated and her high level of fitness paid dividends.

In the wing position, Romy Thompson’s fantastic ability to read the game meant she outwitted her opposition time and time again.

Flynn Middlemas completed the formidable centre court team with her nimble dodging and well-timed passes.

In defence, little found its way past Becky Blythman and Olivia Cockerill. Jeany Horne and Louise Cornforth, newcomers to the team, provided reliable back up in the centre court.

Team managers Julie Mastrolonardo and Anna Welford are delighted with the girls this season and said they are looking forward to representing Scarborough and District at the county round.

* Caedmon’s Charley Rodgers and Jasmine Swain and Eskdale’s Isabel Mastrolonardo also got selected at trials at under 14 level .