By Mark Kielesz-Levine
A netball team from the Grammar School at Leeds are celebrating a successful end to their season after winning the Independent Schools Cup.
In a repeat of the 2013 the under 19 girls beat Lingfield Notre Dame to take the title.
The team also finished runner up in the England Netball Schools Final.
Head of netball Cath Johnson said: “We are very proud of this team’s achievements over the years; they have played in all national finals for their age. This previous experience and their determination to succeed were crucial to their performance.”
The team which consists of Captain Lucy Harris, 18, Annie Marshall, 17, Hattie Grant 17, Rachel Foster, 18, Harriet Wafer, 17, Lauren Fraser, 17, Lucinda Obank 17, Megan Gilbert, 17 and Aneesah Kabba-Kamara, 17, have been playing in the same team together since year 7.
This will be their last year as a team before they all leave 6th form and move onto higher education.
Captain Lucy Harris said: “I am sad but I know we will definitely be playing together again when we have past vs present matches so I know it’s going to happen again.”
WATCH: Captain Lucy Harris talks about the teams success
The school has a growing reputation for strong netball teams as since its foundation in 2008, its netball teams have appeared in 19 finals of these two national competitions and won six titles.
Some of the players in the team also have a fledging reputation within the national game.
Lucy Harris added: “We have had several scouts come in and myself and two other girls in the squad have all trialed for England with two of us being successful.”
LISTEN: The Grammar School at Leeds u19 netball team talk about their success this year