Netball is offered to all girls at Friends’. Practices are arranged to enable all girls to play both hockey and netball. Four afternoons each week Minors (Y9), Juniors (Y10) Intermediates (Y11 & 12) and Seniors (Y13 & 14) are coached by Mrs Gemma Hamilton, a past pupil of Friends’ who gained NI representative honours. Whilst still playing at the highest club level Mrs Hamilton is also recognised as talented coach. Teams are entered in NI cup and league competitions as well as the Lisburn Development league.
On Saturday mornings Year 8 girls are welcome to take part in a full morning of sport with both netball and hockey on offer.
Netball Report 2016-17
2016-17 was a busy season with 11 teams competing in Leagues and Cup/Plate and Shield competitions.
Two Year 8 teams were entered into the Lisburn league this year to give some exposure to match play before they will compete in the leagues next year. Both teams played at a good standard enjoying this opportunity and making next season look hopeful for the leagues.
The minor A team had mixed success in the SE league wining half of their matches, they were however successful in the NI Shield competition, having been put out in the quarter final of the cup by a strong Lumen Christi side, they went on to play Sullivan Upper in the shield semi-final winning comfortably 14-7, progressing to the final, held in Lisburn Racquets Club, against St. Pauls, Newry. The final saw the team produce their best performance all season with several players rising to the occasion perfectly. After taking an early lead they maintained this throughout and won 23-13. Eve Mahaffey was voted player of the match by the officials, for her impressive shooting and skilful play.
The Minor B team, Junior A and Junior B teams had a tough season in difficult leagues. They were unsuccessful in many of their matches, however showed improvement through the season and worked hard to put their training into practice.
The Intermediate A team had a successful season winning all their league matches except one against Our Lady and St. Patricks College Knock. They therefore reached the SE area league finals, playing Our Lady’s. Our Lady produced a very strong performance that we could not match, and therefore finished runner up of the league. Success did however come for the Inter A’s in their cup/plate competition. They began their cup campaign against Lumen Christi, but were beaten by a very skilful side that went on to win the cup. This then entered them into the first round of the Plate, where they played Our Lady’s B team. After a slow start from Friends’ the girls had a superb final quarter to secure a win 31-27. This match would have been a worthy final. In the quarter-final we played St. Marys, Newry, winning well, followed by the semi-final playing Thornhill College, Londonderry. They took a comfortable lead, and maintained this throughout the match, winning 30-20. Their opponents in the final were Mt. Lourdes, Enniskillen. The final was a superb game, which for much for the match was goal for goal and highly contested. With a strong final quarter performance the girls secured a win, beating Mt. Lourdes 35-29 to win the plate! Ruby McElhinney was also selected as the player of the match.
Inter B had tough season in their league, however reaching the quarter final of the plate, losing to Mt. Lourdes, who were the plate finalists. They showed improvement throughout the year, and finished well.
This year an Inter C team were entered into the Lisburn league as we had such a large number of committed year 11’s attending training. There were two squads within this team who both played alternate matches. They enjoyed competitive matches and enjoyed varied success and improved both their knowledge of the game and skill.
Senior A team competed in a much smaller league this year, with only three opponents. They won two of their three fixtures and met Our Lady’s in the league final. Having lost in the league by only 7 goals, the team were determined to improve their performance, and they did this well. They took an early lead, but allowed their opponents to capitalise on their mistakes in the third quarter. The final quarter saw the team determined to produce their best performance, which they did, losing by only 3 goals, their best performance against their rivals to date. In the cup they won their first round comfortably against St. Malachy’s, Castlewellan, but unfortunately lost in the second round to Loretto College, Omagh, having produced a poor performance, and facing some questionable umpiring decisions.
The B team had mixed success this season in the league, but in their cup run having been put out in the first round by Methody, they reached the Plate quarter final, losing to St.Malachy’s, Castlewellan, who went on to be the Plate finalists.
U19 Netball 2016
Regional U15 - Emily McMurtry
NI U17 Trialist – Emily McMurtry
NI U17 (European Championships) – Ruby McElhinney (vice-captain)
SE U19 Squad – Rheo Hue, Rachael Mason, Shannon Scott, Shannon Aiken, Rachel Barnes, Victoria Hunter, Shannon McCleery
NI U21 Training squad – Rachael Mason, Shannon Scott