Netball: Semi-final heartache for Saffron Hawks

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 June 2018

Saffron Hawks under-15s at the Turnford tournament

Saffron Hawks under-15s at the Turnford tournament

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Saffron Hawks under-11s and under-15s (right) suffered semi-final heartache at the Turnford tournament.

The younger group were buoyed by their final appearance at the recent Tegate tournament and won eight of 10 group games, while being held to a 7-7 draw by Eagles.

But they bowed out in the last four against eventual winners Tameside, although Sarah Higgins took the player of the tournament prize for her tireless running and intelligent link-up play.

The older team won four of their six group games, beating the hosts along the way, and then secured a 7-4 victory over Star in the quarter-finals.

But they lost by the same margin to London Pulse, from the newly created NPL franchise which boasts the under-19 champions, as Tia Kaye took the player of the tournament award for excellent defensive work.

The under-10s, under-12s and under-14s all went close to securing semi-final spots, with the youngest squad performing admirably in their first competitive tournament together.

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