There was tremendous success for the Year 8 Netball teams from Loreto College Coleraine on Friday 22 March, when Loreto hosted, and won, the annual NEBSSA Year 8 Netball Tournament.
After a day of enjoyable and tightly-fought matches, the final was contested by Loreto A versus Loreto B, with Loreto’s A Team crowned champions at the end of the afternoon.
Loreto College was represented in the event by some dedicated and talented young Netball players. The Loreto A team was: Sian Donaghy, Alisha Convery, Orla Wallace, Sorcha Dougan, Una Clarke, Caitlin Thompson, Cassie McGilligan and Yasmine Peacock. The Loreto B team, runners-up on the day, was: Fionnuala Keane, Shannon Campbell, Eve Gardiner, Orlagh Carey, Molly Canning, Ellen Ferris and Catriona Dickey.
Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of PE at Loreto College, congratulated the girls on a superb day’s competition and commended them on their victory, commenting that it had been a wonderful end to a great season.
Mr Michael James, College Principal, added that it had been a wonderful year for Loreto’s Netball teams. Loreto’s Senior Netball Team was crowned Coleraine and District Champions 2013 and NEELB Senior Champions 2013. Representing the Senior Team, Nicole O’Neill (Year 13) is a member of the Under 19 Podium Regional Development Squad.
The Loreto Junior Netball Team finished as Runners-Up in the Coleraine and District League, and team-member Aoife Boorman (Year 10) represented Loreto in the Under 15 Regional Development Squad. Meanwhile the Loreto Minor Netball Team were also Runners-Up in the Coleraine and District League, with Niamh Boorman, Aoife Kelly, Caitlin Thompson, Aoife Kealey, Alisha Convery and Sarah Dillon representing the school in the Under 13 Regional Development Squad.
Mr James concluded that these promising young Year 8 Netball teams had much to look forward to in the years ahead, encouraging them to emulate the success of the older teams at Loreto College.