October 2014: New strip helps netballers to victory


NETBALLERS from Haslingden High School thrashed the opposition when they took on a Burnley high school and won 50 goals to 10.

The 6th form netball team are playing in the Sixth Form Schools and Colleges League for the first year and coach PE teacher Erika Wilson was delighted with their success.

She said: “We have not been able to play in this league before because you need to be able to attend matches on a Wednesday.

“However now that most of the players are in enrichment classes for the last period on a Wednesday they can use that time to play netball.

“In order to look right we needed a professional kit and we were fortunate enough to be sponsored by Farrow and Farrow Estate Agents.

“It must have also brought us luck when we played Burnley’s Thomas Whitham College because we had a resounding victory.”

Captain Abbie Suthers, 17, said: “I have been playing netball since I started at the high school aged 11 and I enjoy it because I am competitive. I play wing defence and am able to get round the other players very well.”

They will play 14 matches in the league travelling from Rossendale to as far away as Cheadle Hulme in Manchester and Carr Hill in Warton.

Mrs Wilson said: “The players of the match were Jade Street, for showing the most improvement, and Natasha Brook and Samantha Martin for amazing cooperative play in the circle and fantastic shooting.”