Eagles Netball Club confirmed its position as one of the top junior netball clubs in the country after two of its teams were crowned undefeated south regional champions.
The Maidenhead based club saw its teams romp to unbeaten seasons in the south region league, beating sides from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Sussex.
Most of the girls are Berkshire County players and many have come through the ranks of Eagles having joined aged seven or eight. Some have progressed to regional standard and the under-16s captain is a member of the England National Academy.
Head coach Maria D’Amaro said she was proud that Maidenhead was home to some of the best young netball talent in the country.
“All the players at the club – from the seven-year-olds to seniors – have worked incredibly hard this season," she said.
"For our two teams to qualify for nationals is a huge achievement for a small club coached and organised completely by volunteers."
“Hundreds of clubs started on the road to nationals in September and to be in the finals shows the quality of our play."
"These girls work really hard at elite performance levels but they are also great friends who work for each other."
She added: "The finals will be another step up and the biggest challenge they have faced but we are looking forward to competing against the best in the country.”
"The future looks really bright for quality netball in Maidenhead when we are able to develop quality coaches as well as players.”
The under-16s will head to their finals in Redbridge, Essex at the end of April, while the under-14s will be going to Birmingham in May.
Eagles Netball Club u16s flew off with a silver medal at the National Netball Club Championships at the weekend.
The Maidenhead team, who qualified for the finals as undefeated South Region League champions alongside Weston Park Blades, made it to the final before being pipped by Tameside after extra-time.
The girls team, captained by Suzie Liverseidge, won both of their group matches to go through to the knock-out rounds where strong opposition in Bury and Tunford were dispatched.
Despite the side’s relative young age – the team included four u14s players – they competed well in the final against Tameside, and led for much of the contest, before being reeled in to 26-26 before the end and losing the match in extra-time.
The Eagles were one of 18 clubs from across England to qualify for the national finals which were held in Essex last weekend.
Head coach Maria D’Amaro, said: “We would like to express our pride and gratitude to the girls who were fantastic ambassadors for Eagles and netball in general."
“They worked so hard to prepare and it paid off."
“Silver medal winners, second in the country! Well done girls, you’ve done yourselves, your families, Eagles and netball in general proud.”
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