Thursday, 03 April 2014
After its recent triumphs in basketball, the University of Worcester has seen more sporting success with its two netball teams celebrating an unbeaten season.
Both the first and second teams have secured promotion and their respective league titles without losing a league game all season.
The success has been attributed to a greater commitment towards training, and improved facilities.
Director of Netball, Sheli Morgan, said: “The calibre of player being attracted to the University of Worcester is growing year on year and it is exciting to think where we can go on such strong foundations.
“The development of a netball programme over the last 12 months has been a key part of the netball success.
“The use of Sports Psychology and Sports Therapy students for first aid and treatment of injuries has also contributed to the success of the teams; while the facilities at the recently opened University of Worcester Arena have also been hugely beneficial, with strength and conditioning sessions taking place twice a week, and this has enabled the girls to get themselves in the best condition possible for each fixture that they play.
“With an increase in the number of coaches and umpires being trained at the University through the Coach Education programme, netball at the University of Worcester is certainly going strong.”
The first team, who sit within the University of Worcester High Performance Sport Programme, has had a tremendous season in division 2A of the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) netball league, topping the table with an unbeaten run of games, the last victory secured with a 51-20 triumph over Coventry.
A mammoth 12 point gap was created between them and nearest challengers Loughborough and the league title was secured with two games to spare, thanks to a thrilling 37-32 away win against Warwick, who had previously been unbeaten at home.
The gulf between Worcester firsts and their opponents is highlighted by an impressive +202 goal difference and the team look to replicate their success next season after their promotion to division 1A. The success was not confined to the league with the first team storming all the way to the BUCS Conference Cup Final, where they narrowly missed out on Gold with a one goal loss away at Cambridge.
The second team has also been celebrating after winning the division 5A title following an away win at Wolverhampton. The team has been untouchable all season and their dominance has been shown through some crushing wins, such a 56-13 victory against Staffordshire and a 50-15 win over the University of Derby.
The title was secured with two games remaining and the girls won their final game against Harper Adams to also remain unbeaten. The second team has been promoted to division 4A for next season.