In the early group stages on Saturday, Tameside won their group with wins against Sutton Royals and Huddersfield Giants. After winning their second group of games, Tameside qualified for playing for positions 1 to 6 on Sunday.
Sunday - With a win against Telstars, Tameside were sufficiently warmed up to play in their biggest match of the competition so far, against a very good Turnford squad.
Both teams came out strong and hard during the first quarter and it was Turnford who won the quarter 7-6. During the second quarter Tameside's showcase netball set tongues wagging as they clawed back into the lead and finished the quarter ahead 16-13. But Turnford were not going to give in and fought back to a one goal deficit going into the last quarter. After end to end netball, it was Tameside that dug in and gave their all to win the game 37-32. A fantastic match that was worthy of any final!! The win against Turnford secured Tameside’s place in the National Final.
After a ridiculously long 6 hour wait Tameside took to the court in the final against Woodley. The teams couldn't be split during the first quarter but it was Tameside that just edged out in front by 1 goal. The game changed so much during the next two quarters with both teams at stages taking the lead. Going into the final quarter, Tameside were ahead 26-23 but just as the other quarters went, Woodley pulled back again. Even up to the last few seconds, you couldn't predict how the game would finish but unfortunately after a level game, Woodley scored in the dying seconds to win the title.
After such an amazing game, the coaching staff were shattered too! Looking past the result, the standard of netball that the girls showed on court throughout the weekend was just breath taking at times and they should be so proud of what they achieved 2nd in the Country!!!
Well done to all of the girls who took part and Tameside Netball club would like to thank the staff and parents who were so supportive throughout the weekend.