Netball Girls On A Roll

NETBALL: The girls will be hoping to continue last year’s successful run with a result at this year’s netball championships, despite a lack of returning blues, says MICHAEL ALHADEFF.

bucs Cambridge Hannah Pennicott Netball varsity match

The Blues netballers will be hoping to keep their dominating presence on the Cambridge sporting scene. They experienced a cracking campaign last year in which they were crowned BUCS champions and varsity winners. The girls have well and truly cemented themselves as the ones to watch.

Plying their trade in the top midlands division in the BUCS league pyramid, the Blues overcame stiff competition to be crowned as league champions. In a competitive league, the Blues were able to overcome the likes of Loughborough 2nds and Birmingham to claim the right to be queens of the midlands. The girls will surely be hoping for a repeat performance this.

Their success in the league has propelled them to this year’s netball championships, where the girls will be hoping that they can continue to demonstrate their sporting prowess. It will all kick off next month with a last 16 clash against Gloucestershire 1sts. A date surely to be circled in the girls’ calendars will be the 14th March 2012. It marks the final when the netball championships reach their climax. The girls will have to use all the skills they have at their disposal in order to make an appearance.

The league also represents the first opportunity to size up the old enemy, as Oxford 1sts also find themselves in the same league. It will be a useful opportunity to assess the quality of this year’s opposition.

This is what matters most, the ability to stuff the Other Place. In an absorbing encounter last year, the Blues run out 40-34 winners. There was a similarly impressive victory for the 2nds. It is surely time for a repeat performance, this time on Oxford’s own patch. The only concern facing captain Hannah Pennicott is the lack of a returning Blues. She will have to hope she can bring people in quickly and foster the same winning mentality.

The Blues couldn’t do much wrong last year and will hope for the same this time round. If they manage it, they will certainly be very watchable.