Sheffield Concord fly to promotion

Sheffield Concord -  left to right: Alice Winch, Hannah Bolderson, Katie Coates, Lucy Crowley, Jess Vaughan, Emily Green, Aleksandra Karpinska, Roanne Minshull (C). Also played: Laura Hughes, Sara Akhavan-Hezaveh, Milly Morritt.
Sheffield Concord - left to right: Alice Winch, Hannah Bolderson, Katie Coates, Lucy Crowley, Jess Vaughan, Emily Green, Aleksandra Karpinska, Roanne Minshull (C). Also played: Laura Hughes, Sara Akhavan-Hezaveh, Milly Morritt.
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Sheffield Concord first team completed a great season by winning promotion to the Northern League in the end-of-season play-offs.

The team suffered just one defeat early in the regular Yorkshire and Humberside season.

They went up courtesy of a huge goal difference of +184 compared to +120 for the runners-up and +51 for the third-placed team.

Concord had to tackle the play-offs without some of their regulars, and Katie Coates played after only two hours sleep following a 12-hour night shift as a Junior Doctor. The play-offs didn’t get off to the ideal start when, despite leading for most of the match, Concord were beaten 53-47 by Gateshead, despite a player-of-the match display by wing attack Laura Hughes, who showed superb speed and decision-making.

But they completed the gruelling two-hour session by beating another North East side Gateshead Stadium 47-45 .

They were inspired by goal defence Hannah Bolderson, who forced errors in the opponents’ attack and made key interceptiions for the shooters to convert.

Key players throughout the season were goal shooter Roanne Minshull (players’ player of the year) and centre Alice Winch, who is a real talent at only just 17 and was player of the year.

The club are holding open trials for senior players who wish to compete in this highly-rated league, on Thursday, June 15 from 7pm till 9pm at the EIS, More details are on the website - www.sheffieldconcordnetball.co.uk

There are spaces in the junior section for Year 4 and 5 girls and all interested parents should contact Caroline Graham via the website, above.