A COLLEGE netball team in Oswestry has been crowned champions at county level after narrowly claiming silverware at a recent tournament.

Oswestry School’s under-18s netball team won the Plate Competition at the county tournament held in Wrekin College on Wednesday, November 6.

Despite wet and windy conditions, the side brought their ‘A game’ and almost went unbeaten to take the title.

The first match was against Adams Grammar School where the Oswestry team managed to win 4-3 an evenly-contested game with a last-minute goal from Hannah Pritchard.

The next game was against William Brooks, which was a slightly easier match for the Oswestry School girls.

They managed to win 8-2, with standout performances from Anna Holbrook and and Beth Williams.

They then made it three wins from three with an impressive performance against Idsall School.

It was another convincing win for the Oswestry side as they strolled to an 11-5 victory.

The penultimate fixture saw Oswestry face neighbours, The Marches, and it was another solid performance which meant they took a narrow 6-4 victory as they headed into the final game.

The side looked to carry their good run of form into the final game against Newport Grammar School, and looked to be doing so when they found themselves 4-2 up at half-time.

The tables turned after the break however, and the Newport girls managed to turn the scoreline on its head to take a 6-5 win.

Despite losing their unbeaten run, Oswestry knew that a victory in a final game against Concord College would give them the silverware.

Oswestry knew they needed a strong enough victory to give them the tournament win on goal difference.

As with earlier performances, the Oswestry girls proved too much for their opposition and took a 6-1 win to claim the title.

A spokesman for the team said: “Well done to Hannah, Dee Edwards and Emma Lincoln for their consistent shooting, Axana Boydon, Phoebe Munford and Darcie Connacher for their smooth and quick transitions down court, and Anna and Beth for their strong defence.

“Overall, an excellent performance.”