GSAL netballers perform in national competitions

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Netball players from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) have been warming up for the new season in a series of high level competitions.

The talented young players took part in the England Netball National Performance League (NPL) tournament during the summer holidays.

NPL is the pathway for developing future elite players for the netball superleague and national teams. Three age groups took part in four days of competition involving players from across the country.

Jessie Ducker and Georgia Pexton, both Y12, played in the U21 Loughborough Lightning team which beat Hertfordshire Mavericks in the final to become national champions.

This follows a successful year for Georgia, in which she made her England debut as vice-captain of the U17 national side. The team won the Netball Europe tournament, and Georgia is delighted that her England career will continue next year with the U19 squad.

She said: “At U19 level there’s more opportunity to tour and play in competitions so it’s really exciting.”

Four GSAL players represented Yorkshire in the NPL competition, reaching the finals of their respective tournaments but finishing as runners up to Manchester Thunder in both age groups. Louise Marsden (GSAL 2017) captained the U19 Yorkshire NPL team, playing alongside Lexy Shipley Y13, while Ailsa Gorman Y11 and Molly Harris Y12 played for the U17 Yorkshire team.

The players will continue to train and compete with their NPL teams during the coming season, alongside representing GSAL in regional and national competitions.

Pictured are (L-R): Molly Harris, Jessie Ducker, Ailsa Gorman, Georgia Pexton and Lexy Shipley

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