Netball talents are pride of PGS

Portsmouth Grammar School netball team. Back, from left: Lizzie Lewis, Philly Paxman, Claire Stephens, Lucy Giles, Eleanor Ball and Anna Pembury. Front row, from the left; Kirsten Hall, Rachel Montgomery, Frankie Materna, Ilanna Rogers and Jessica Lavery

Portsmouth Grammar School netball team. Back, from left: Lizzie Lewis, Philly Paxman, Claire Stephens, Lucy Giles, Eleanor Ball and Anna Pembury. Front row, from the left; Kirsten Hall, Rachel Montgomery, Frankie Materna, Ilanna Rogers and Jessica Lavery

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Chris Dossett insists his beaten National Independent Schools’ Cup finalists should hold their heads high.

A 57-43 reverse at the hands of Oldham Hulme Grammar School in the Basildon final on Friday left the Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) starlets disappointed.

But Dossett, director of sport at PGS, reckons they should be proud of their achievements on the court this term.

Simply getting to the final of the national competition was a fine achievement – especially as it came courtesy of an away triumph over last year’s winners, Millfield, in the last four.

‘The girls turned in a fantastic performance to defeat Millfield 30-25 in the semi-final,’ said Dossett.

‘And the final was another great game.

‘The girls all did the school proud.’

While Hulme always held the edge over their south coast rivals, they were not given an easy ride.

The first quarter ended with PGS five points adrift at 14-9 down.

But they quickly found their feet in the prestigious match-up to take the second set 11-10 and cut the deficit to 24-20 at the halfway stage. Hulme bounced back in the third quarter, though.

They opened up a six-point cushion with a 14-12 triumph in that period.

And despite heavy pressure from the Portsmouth talents in the closing stages, the Greater Manchester challengers held on in the final quarter to win 57-43.

Competition organiser Justine Saunders echoed Dossett’s words.

She said: ‘What a fantastic score and one which did not reflect the quality of the match.

‘At times, it was goal for goal and the score is a credit to both sets of shooters.’

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