Stars give it good shot

Some of the Shooting Stars team who competed at Pontins
Some of the Shooting Stars team who competed at Pontins
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SHOOTING STARS were among the leading lights at the annual Pontins Brean Sands tournament.

The side’s Star White outfit made it all the way to the grand final of the event, securing the runners-up spot following their heroics in the previous rounds.

Playing fast-paced and competitive netball, White won all their games on the Saturday to book their place in the cup competition the following day.

There, they looked every bit potential champions, winning their next three games and setting up a second-round encounter with Pips.

A place in the quarter-finals was their reward for seeing off their latest opposition, before wins over Swan and Dream set up a final date with Ryelands.

The final, however, proved a step to far for the local girls.

But head coach Jane Jewell was delighted with her side’s efforts over the two days.

‘Despite some late nights and drinking antics, all teams played some good netball – especially as we had some non-Star players who helped us out,’ said Jewell.

‘We had great team spirit, with many games being played on and off court all weekend.

‘To have a team finish second in the whole competition is a great achievement.

‘The whole club really did themselves proud.

‘And all of the girls supported one another during their games.

‘There were many local teams also there who supported us in our later stages of the competition.’

While the White team had reasons to celebrate, Stars Blue had a mixed tournament.

They finished seventh in their group on the Saturday, but progressed to the plate, where they reached the semi-finals – despite picking up a few injuries on the way.

Blues captain Anita Farmer said: ‘I really enjoyed playing with new people and they enjoyed it so much they now want to join us.’

Stars Yellow finished fifth in their group, before going through to the plate group.

And after finishing third there, they were out after the next round of games.

Stars have recently been promoted to regional division two after going through their debut season unbeaten.

So their Brean Sands experience was the perfect remedy before getting back to their regional campaign.

Jewell said: ‘This was a great bonding and relaxing time for our club.

‘We thoroughly enjoyed the netball and we’re in great company.

‘We are looking forward to much more of the same when we go to Netfest in Spain next month.’

Shooting Stars will be entering an under-19 regional squad next year.

If anyone is interested at playing at a higher level, please contact Jane at