It was a dream come true for Sleaford Barge Typhoons under 16 netball team when they faced the best teams in the country in the under 16 National Club Finals over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The top 18 teams in the country played in the finals at Redbridge in Essex, with Typhoons representing the East Midlands.
The Sleaford girls, who were missing three of their squad through injury, found themselves facing players who were in the England under 19 and under 21 squads.
They opened with a particularly tough game against Woodley, who went on to win overall. Typhoons battled well before going down 44-13.
It didn’t get much easier for their second match, which saw them up against a Turnford side that included an England under 21 player at goal attack. The final score was 54-15 to Turnford, who were to come third overall. Against Leeds, who finished fourth overall, Typhoons were leading 12-11 at half time, before eventually going down 39-20.
On the second day, Sleaford played in the games to decide 13th to 18th places, beating Grangetown 22-17 but narrowly losing to Yendy’s 33-29.
Playing for 15th or 16th place, Typhoons were up against East Midlands rivals Futureproof. Despite battling well throughout, they went down 24-18, but they were still delighted to finish 16th in the national finals.