STRATFORD Thunderbirds teams enjoyed huge success at a special junior competition in Worcester.
The Skin Cancer Awareness Junior Netball Tournament yielded three trophies for Thunderbirds whose U11 A, U12 A and U13 A teams all came away from the charity event undefeated.
The pre-season gathering of the best junior teams from in and around Worcestershire honoured the memory of Becky Giddins, founding member of Worcester City Netball Club and devoted junior coach, who sadly lost her battle to cancer in August 2016.
Particularly impressive for the Stratford club were the U11 A team – a brand new squad with many new recruits. In their first competitive fixture they won all ten matches, scored 54 goals and conceded only 12.
After facing tough opposition from established club teams such as Foxes, Rylands, Worcester A and B and Alfabets, the team’s manager Alix Hay said: “The girls have a huge amount to be proud of and represented their club impeccably.”
The U12 A and U13 A teams, reigning champions in the Birmingham and Warwickshire leagues respectively, also came through the tournament undefeated and look well placed to successfully defend their titles this year.
Head coach Kelly McCormack was pleased Thunderbirds were able to postpone the start of their Coventry & Warwickshire League campaign in order to attend this event. She paid tribute to all the Thunderbirds who took part and praised their “excellent sporting attitude”.
The U13 B and U14 B teams both won the majority of their games and the U14 A team had to divert their efforts to a hard-fought County Cup clash against Henley which they won 32-18.