NETBALL: Sleaford ladies finish third in first tournament

Sleaford Back2netball ladies are Tracey Siddy, Lizzie Wheelright, Gemma Wotton, Amanda Papworth, Jasmin Garthwaite, Helen McKinnon, Hannah Coe and Jo Pearce.
Sleaford Back2netball ladies are Tracey Siddy, Lizzie Wheelright, Gemma Wotton, Amanda Papworth, Jasmin Garthwaite, Helen McKinnon, Hannah Coe and Jo Pearce.

Sleaford Back2netball ladies played in their first tournament of the season on Sunday.

They have been working hard on their pre-season training and fitness and this showed as their confidence has grown since last season. Their self belief that they can win games was rewarded on Sunday and they were pleased with their performance.

But they came off court disappointed after the first game which was in their grasp before they lost by one goal, scoring five to Grantham’s six. The team now realise that they have to improve their shooting percentages.

The scond game was against Boston ‘A’ and the whole team were fully focused and determined to do their best, and they were delighted to win the game 11-6.

In their third game against Forest Bows, errors began to creep into their centre court play and feeds into the circle, but they were just able to hold on to their lead, winning 4-3.

Their final game in their league was against Bassingham ‘B’. This was a very close tussle with Sleaford leading 7-6 at half time. In the second half ,Sleaford took the lead but Bassingham fought back.

With seconds to go before the final whistle, a toss-up outside the Bassingham attacking circle was won by the opposition and the timekeeper blew for full time. But it was not heard by the umpires and Bassingham scored to level the affair 12-12.

Sleaford team finished by playing off for third and fourth place and managed to beat Newark Ravens 14-10 to end the tournament in a well deserved top three position.