Convents regain their Jersey Open Netball crown

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The Island champs dominated the 13-club tournament, losing just once in 12 games to collect the crown they relinquished last year after winning it in 2003 and 2004.

The plate final was also won by a Jersey side, St Ouen, who emerged 18-11 winners in an all-Jersey final against Accies.

Stars But, despite the presence of nine English teams, it was the Convent girls who were the stars.

They won all their six section games on Saturday and yesterday lost just once – tournament organiser and Island netball development officer Linda Andrews put that 12-9 reverse against St Albans down to a lack of concentration, knowing they had already qualified for the final stages.

In the semi-final against St Lawrence they bounced back to their best with a 16-4 victory and then followed that with a 16-8 win over Southwick of Sussex in the final after being just 6-4 ahead at half time.

Over the two days their 243 goals scored against just 85 conceded was far and away the best record of all the teams.

Those statistics meant they also collected the trophies for the best attacking and best defending side.

Said Andrews – who had abandoned her role as Convent coach to concentrate on organising the tournament: ‘Convent were class – they played so well, they were untouchable apart from the one they lost! They’ve really matured this year and they moved on each game.

They are all under 18 apart from the captain Laura Beeston – Laura shot brilliantly and Sophie Holmes had an amazing tournament at goal attack.

Wing attack Lynsey Pitman also had some great performances.

On top of that the defence was a solid unit.’ Ann Halliwell, president of the Jersey Netball Association and the tournament referee, was also happy.

‘It was an excellently run tournament.

All the visiting teams thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great for the local teams to face new opposition at club level.’ Said Lorraine Kramer, skipper of losing finalists Southwick: ‘It was a very good standard – all the matches were tough and the standard was very high.

Hopefully we’ll be back next year: the Jersey hospitality has been great.’ Convent: Lauren Devine, Mary Blampied, Serena Guthrie, Georgia Hickey, Abbie Hazley, Lynsey Pitman, Megan Conroy, Sophie Holmes, Laura Beeston.

St Ouen: Carol Bouhaire, Karen Kurys, Lara Crenan, Zoe Burton, Kirsty O’Connor, Suzie Fry, Claire Dempsey, Claire Ahier, Amy Cox, Caroline Avery, Anna Hafsteinnson.

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