Netballers bring silverware to Chichester

The University of Chichester's second team
The University of Chichester's second team

THE University of Chichester’s netball second team clinched the title with a 54-35 win over Brighton in their final game.

It got off to a slow start but Chichester built momentum and they led by the end of the first quarter.

Throughout the game, Chichester stayed one step ahead of Brighton. Excellent defence from Adele Hawkins, Hannah Stratton and Charlotte Hill kept Brighton working hard, giving Chichester the scoring opportunities they required.

A convincing 20-goal lead at the end of the third quarter allowed Chichester to get all the departing players - Adele Hawkins, Jenna Carpenter and Kit Dillon - working together during the final quarter with Emily Cormar and Charlotte Hill showing off their new-found shooting skills.

Chichester walked off court with their heads held high. Hawkins was player of the match for her defending skills.

The Chichester third team visited University of Sussex’s second team and won 30-20 to go top with a game left.

Sussex began with three consecutive baskets but once Chichester got into the swing of it, Chloe Chapman, Rachael Blee and Bex Groves-Excell shone.

In the last quarter, Chichester’s shooters heads dropped a little but their defenders performed superbly.

Hannah Wakelin, Charlotte Honour and Alescia Ferrari picked up later in the game and Chichester won 30-20. The team decided no one player should have player of the match as everyone put their all into the game.

Chichester’s fourth team ventured to Brunel University for their fourth game. Captain Bethan Vinney, Charlotte Rowley, Stacey Boxall and Hannah Wilder were playing their last game for Chichester.

The game began with a tight battle for supremacy and the hosts led 16-9 at half-time.

Defenders Vinney, Sarah Judd and Lily Cartwright fought hard but the team struggled to convert the turnovers into goals and lost 37-23.

Vinney was named Chichester’s player of the match after playing out of position as goal keeper.