Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Netball girls' huge haul

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College netballers have proven to be the hottest in the country after an unprecedented season of success for the east Belfast girls.

The Knock school has just completed a record-breaking campaign by winning fifteen out of a possible sixteen titles.

Their minor, junior and senior teams all won the treble by winning the Northern Ireland League, Northern Ireland Cup and All Ireland titles for the second year in succession.

The Intermediates did the double narrowly missing out to Sacred Heart, Newry in the Cup quarter-final.

Sacred Heart progressed to the cup final to finish off a very successful year themselves but were narrowly beaten by Mount Lourdes, Enniskillen in a very hard fought final.

Such is the quality of the Knock side, it came as no surprise to see the Northern Ireland selectors come knocking on the door with a very successful season in the International arena also bringing pride to the school.

Maire Toner, Nicole Crockford and Rachel Gregg all turned out for Northern Ireland at U 17 level in the recent European championships in Gibraltar.

The College is going from strength to strength with the added support of their feeder club Belfast Ladies Netball club giving a large number of junior players the opportunity to play throughout the season

But it’s not just the netball court that has been reaping glory in recent times — they aren’t too bad on the basketball scene either.

The senior girls basketball team also won the All Ireland ‘B’ league this year and there is hope for more silverware by the end of next month when the boys’ golf team compete in the All Ireland schools’ final.

Our Lady and St Patrick’s head of PE Anne Wallace was suitably proud of all her teams and hopes that it is just the beginning of a sustained period of success for the east Belfast school.

“It’s been an absolutely fantastic year for all the netballers and they deserve every bit of praise that they get,” said Anne. “You have to earn success on this scale and those girls worked very hard all year to stay on top of the game.

“It’s good to see the younger girls carry on the tradition and hopefully that means that a long period of success is coming our way.

“Hopefully the boys’ golf team will make it an even better year.”

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