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Hartpury: Netballers celebrate successful campaign

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

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WITH international honours, Superleague signings and competition success under their belts, Hartpury’s netballers can look back on a successful campaign.

Thea Thompson, Erin Howell and Kellie Hull starred for the British Colleges national representative side against Wales Under-19s in a Superleague match curtain-raiser.

Hartpury’s Izzy Dunsford also played for Wales.

The Under-19s finished runners-up in the BCS National Championships at the University of Bath, losing 22-14 in the final to National Schools champions Greenhead College, the same team that had edged them out by a point in the BCS National Cup semi-final.

En route to the final, they defeated South East winners Farnborough Sixth Form College, with shooters Elly Milner and Howell sinking five from five in the closing minutes to win 23-18.

They then defeated London winners Havering Sixth Form College 34-16, Milner scoring 15 goals from 18 attempts in 15 minutes, before dispatching North East winners Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College 43-5, Thompson taking four interceptions.

In their final group game, they defeated North West winners Aquinas College 32-12, who they also beat to take the National Cup last year.

The impressive Milner finished with her highest shooting percentage of 86.

As winners of group B, Hartpury then crushed Truro College 30-10 in the semi-finals before coming unstuck against this season’s bogey side Greenhead.

They were without Paige Reed, who had been released to play for Team Bath, and Megan Powell, who was struck down by injury in the first game of the National Schools championships.

Hartpury netball manager, Sarah Pretty said: “I’m hugely proud of the whole squad for their achievements, but most importantly for their individual progression and development.

“Finishing runners-up to Greenhead in two national competitions was hard to take but the standard of play was definitely the highest I have seen on the college circuit.

“The girls have had plenty to celebrate.

“We’ve had Megan Powell and Izzy Dunsford selected for Wales and Paige Reed picked for the England Under-19s Potential squad, as well as three girls selected from 150 hopefuls for the British Colleges national squad.”

Former Hartpury student Sarah Llewelyn, has signed for Superleague side Celtic Dragons this season, joining Team Bath duo Sophie Masterson and Sam Cook and fellow Dragon Rosie Pretorious – who all played netball for Hartpury – in the top-level competition.

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