Stars shine at Pontins

Stars under-15 at the Brean Sands tournament (July 2012)
Stars under-15 at the Brean Sands tournament (July 2012)
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Jane Jewell tipped Shooting Stars under-15s to have a bright future and declared: Watch this space.

The talented teens grabbed success at the recent Pontins tournament – lifting the plate after narrowly missing out on a cup raid.

Goal difference alone dropped them into the plate competition, where they excelled themselves with some stunning performances.

Head coach Jewell was thrilled with their displays and lauded the support of their parents who made it possible.

She said: ‘With a squad of 20 in the under-16 and under-15 groups we are in a very enviable position.

‘We will be able to select two squads this year, which for us as coaches is an ideal position to be in leading up to play-offs.

‘Over the weekend the parents offered continued support and encouragement.

‘Their help with scoring and positive attitudes were very much appreciated. 

‘All of the girls improved massively and really were a joy to take away.

‘Kelly Hayward, Vonda Thorne and Clair Buckland were coaching, umpiring and scoring.

‘And we are looking forward to really pushing the girls on to reach their full potential as a team and as individuals.

‘This is a really talented squad that I know will go on to do great things.

‘Watch this space!’

The young guns, sponsored by City Wide Taxis, took on some of the country’s most established clubs on day one of the competition.

Sides such as Tameside, Hertford Hornets and Yendys were among their rivals – and although they defeated the latter, a shot a lifting the cup was just beyond their grasp.

Stars were back on Sunday determined to prove their class and did just that. They crushed all three opponents in their group before beating Rushmoor 12-7 in the last eight.

A powerful Cliftonettes outfit were waiting in the semi-final but the girls rose to the challenge to book a spot in the final against Pontypridd.

And they brushed their Welsh rivals away just as impressively to claim glory.

With county and possibly regional netball for the girls next month, it was a great opportunity for the coaches to run the rule over the promising teenagers.

‘As the weekend progressed the girls were gaining confidence in themselves and each other,’ said Jewell.

‘They produced some fantastic individual performances and generally great team play.

‘Georgia Hodges really came into her own at goal-defence and picked up some fantastic interceptions.

‘Jessie Jewell and Sarah Rynn made a great shooting partnership – the movement and passing between them was so varied for such a new pairing.

‘Hannah Cooper was steady and fed the circle very well with some great, consistent play and Georgia Parsons found her new position at wing-attack with some intelligent play.

‘Anna Bolwell and Kirsty Chrisp were rotating at wing-defence.

‘They did fantastic jobs between them, gaining turnovers from centre pass and covering the second phase ball with great success.

‘Goal-keeper for the weekend Cerian Morris learned so much.

‘She developed as the weekend went on, took all of our coaching on to the court and made lots of interceptions.’