A huge well done to everyone involved in the Regional Netball Finals.

The time and effort the girls have put in was evident on court and the reason we are the only school in the North East to have two teams through to Nationals!

Regional Netball Final weekend started with the Under 14 competition on the morning of Saturday 27th January. They started their campaign with very convincing wins over RGS and Ponteland High, filling the girls with confidence. Next up was Red House School, who gave them their biggest challenge of the morning. It was a tight, goal-for goal game throughout and there just wasn’t enough time for NHSG to take the win.

It all hung in the balance in the next game against a strong Durham High team, who were also in contention for a top two finish. The step up in performance was massive and huge credit must go to our shooters who didn’t miss and ensured a 7-0 cushion at half time, and an eventual 12-4 win. Wins in their remaining games secured their place at National Finals in March. A huge well done!

The Under 16s were up next. With an exceptionally strong group it was always going to be a tough afternoon. They played some fantastic Netball and the improvements since they were Under 14s are a credit to how hard they work. There was only a couple of goals in every game but unfortunately it didn’t go in the favour of NHSG. The girls should be proud of what they have achieved and the level of Netball they played.

On Sunday morning it was the Under 19 competition and the day started with a game against a Sport: Netball Regional Schools Finals very strong Whitley Bay team. Not the best start by the Senior team. The 7-2 deficit at half time was not in the game plan. After some stern words at half time, the girls showed exactly what they were capable of, scoring 11 goals in seven minutes to secure the win. One tough game was followed by another, this time against Yarm School. It was a difficult defeat to accept because it was solely the number of errors made. This meant that three teams had each lost one game and, with everyone winning their remaining games convincingly, the final results were taken on Goal Average, with 0.01 separating the top two teams. Thankfully it went in the Under 19s favour and they are joining the Under 14s at National Finals in March. The team played some outstanding Netball and remained disciplined and focused on what they needed to do to qualify, ensuring a goal difference that meant that Yarm couldn’t get close to them in the final standings.

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