Oldham net English title
Tuesday 29th May 2018 @ 15:08 by Mark Phillip

Oldham Netball Club’s Under 14s have been crowned English champions for a second year running.

The club claimed the honour after beating Turnford 28-11 in the National Clubs Final on Sunday.

The competition took place in Newcastle across two days and saw 18 teams battle it out to become champions of England. Oldham entered the tournament in high spirits having won the North West Regional Championship in March with a 35-17 win over local rivals Tameside.

Coached by Pam Hazelton, Oldham started the tournament in confident fashion and beat AP Saints 20-5 in their first fixture before inflicting a 41-7 defeat on Barr Beacon in the game that followed.

Having topped their group, Oldham progressed to the final stages on Sunday and would compete for the title alongside Weston Park, Hatfield, Woodley, Turnford and Tameside.

Oldham proved just how strong they were with a comprehensive 32-13 victory over Weston Park, before beating Hatfield 24-16 to confirm their place in the grand finale.

Oldham’s grasp of the title was never in doubt and they took a 14-5 lead into the half-time break, before dominating the rest of the game to subsequently record a 28-11 victory.

The result was made all the more sweet knowing the Under 16s were beaten by the same side in their respective final at the University of Nottingham in April.

Following the achievement, Oldham’s Twitter page was inundated with messages of congratulations. England head coach, Tracey Neville, tweeted: “So proud of my good friend @Pamelaprag (Pam Hazelton). You are amazing. Oldham Netball u14s, congratulations.”

In other news, Oldham’s Under 14s and Under 15s can look forward to a trip of a lifetime next year.

Following the success of a trip to Australia two years ago, Pam has decided to organise another outing for 2019, this time to Barbados. She said: “We’re all looking forward to making the trip to Barbados next year for two weeks.

“The trip is entirely self-funded, and money has been raised through several initiatives, including a 300 club lottery.

“The parents have a fundraising committee and have put on a number of different events.

“We are looking to generate further funds – not just for the trip, but the club in general – so if there are any individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor us, please get in touch and we can sort something out.”