Hucclecote Netball Club U.16’s Squad sponsored by Alfa Dragon Cement secured their place to attend National Finalafter remaining undefeated at the South West Regional Play-offs yesterday.

Dragons , continued their winning ways when they took on the other top 3 contenders in the South West. With great parental support on hand, their first match against Saints from Cornwall saw them a little nervous and it was Saints who pulled out a brilliant first quarter performance, securing ball through court and nailing the shots to take the lead 9-7 at the first interval.  Hucclecote however slowly worked through this and during the second phase clawed back the deficit with some great play from Darcey Scott and Capt. Harriet Sanderson and went on to lead by 18 -16 at half time. Dragons third quarter saw them on fire with Hannah Howl at the back turning a vast number of interceptions and this enabled Hucclecote Dragons to push on strongly taking the win to secure their first 5 points by 38 goals to 28.

Stats: K. Jennings 33/39 85% A. Baird 5/6 83% 

POM : Hannah Howl

Their next fixture against Team Bath saw them step up to another level, and the flow through court was clinical from the outset.  Dragons defensive trio continued to pressure hard showing some great linkages and switching taking the lead to 25 goals to 11 at half time. Meanwhile the shooting circle connections made Bath’slife difficult with Katya Jennings putting out a solid performance, scoring consistently high percentages. Changes were made withAmy Cook on at WD and she worked like a terrier marking hard and pressured and intercepted throughout the second half helping her team to another fantastic win by 44 goals to 17.

Stats: K. Jennings 23/26 88% A. Baird 9/12 75% N. Baird 8/10 80% R. Dillon 5/10 50%

POM: Amy Cook

Hucclecote Dragons continued to press hard, and in their final match of the day against Poole, set the scene early taking a 9-3 quarter lead which they extended to 21-9 at half time.  A solid performance from all squad members in each game demonstrated how much strength and depth Hucclecote have this year, but it was the young U.15 player Nadine Baird who impressed in the final game.  Baird produced an awesome performance demonstrating great athleticism throughout the game helping her team to a final victory of 42 goals to 21.

Stats: K. Jennings 33/37 89% A. Baird 2/3 66% N. Baird 4/7 57% R. Dillon 3/6 50%

POM : Nadine Baird

Gilly Salter coach shared “This squad have improved enormously over the season with each player playing an important part in the team’s success and they now look forward to attending the National Finals on 28th/29th April 2018 where Salter believes they could aim high for a top 6 finish”.

Thanks must go to the Dragons Support Team with Janey Garrard, Jo Knight, Wendy Burgess and Sue Wainwright giving their time on the day and throughout the season.  Also to the amazing parents and carers who have also been totally committed to supporting the squad.

Dragons now looked forward to attending National Finals on the 27th and 28th April in Nottingham.

Squad:- K. Jennings (V. Capt) A. Baird, R. Dillon,. N . Baird, O. Garrard, N. Evans, D. Scott, M. Knight, A. Cook, E. Gabriel, H. Howl, H. Sanderson (Capt)     Coach: Gilly Salter