THEY say success breeds success and that would appear to be the case at Omagh’s Loreto Grammar School where, after a seven year wait their senior netball team won a Northern Ireland title last year, and the minor girls followed that up to claim the NI Minor Bowl.
The Year 9 team overcame Assumption Grammar by 10-5 in the decider, which was played as part of NI Schools Finals Day at Lisburn’s Racquets Club following a tense and competitive showpiece.
Led by captain, Shauna McCrory, the girls were worthy winners in the end and coach, Nichola Barbour, was thrilled that they achieved their aim.
“For me personally, coaching a group of dedicated, hardworking players and working alongside them as they grow into talented, confident and determined performers, gives me great motivation,” she beamed.
“Watching this Minor team play, support and encourage each other as “team mates” on finals day was heart warming. …the win was an added bonus.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for these girls, one they will remember forever and an opportunity that couldn’t have happened without the support of their families, the school and sponsors.”
Their run to a Northern Ireland title started with a disappointing first round 14-9 NI Cup defeat to a talented Aquinas outfit, but they regrouped and began to develop as a team during an impressive run through the Bowl competition.
They eased through the first round, their determination shining through as they beat Cookstown High 12-3, before ousting St Genevieves 19-4 in the last eight and they then accounted for Wallace by 19-7 in the semi-finals to reach the decider in only their first campaign together before seeing off Assumption.
The team wish to thank their sponsors: Adrian McCrory, Adman Civil Projects Ltd and Keith Dolan, Mace, Omagh, for providing the team with a new travel kit.
Loreto Grammar minor team: Shauna McCrory (captain), Louise Wylie, Roisin Lynch, Aine Strain (vice captain), Meabh McGlinchey, Emer McCanny (vice-captain), Evie Gallagher, Aine Cunningham, Kelly McCaffrey, Bree McBride, Neasa Cameron, Róise Dolan, Clare O’Brien, Aine Rodgers.