ROSES 2014: Netball Preview

Despite narrowly losing their final match of the season to Sheffield Hallam, York Netball firsts came top of their group and delivered a formidable performance through the BUCS season. Autumn fixtures yielded four consecutive wins over Teeside, Chester, Newcastle and Sheffield. Although that run was broken by a 56-31 defeat to the University of Central Lancashire, the 1sts followed up with a draw against Leeds Metropolitan and a second and crushing victory over Teeside 70-9. Those were followed up with a further two wins against Newcastle and Sheffield before the narrow defeat to Hallam.

The 2nds had a mixed bag of results and the 3rds narrowly avoided relegation. Though the 2nds closed on a slender win 45-44 against Northumbria, they suffered five consecutive defeats between October 30th and December 4th 2013.

The 3rds also suffered six defeats in their season. The best hopes for a Netball victory therefore rest upon the 1sts. 1sts captain Bronwen Dalley-Smith commented to Vision: “We’re all really excited for the tournament and hope to go one better than last year and come home with 3 wins.

“Despite our Lancaster counterparts being in higher leagues, we definitely feel like this is the year for UYNC and we’re all ready to fight. Each team has had a great season, with our first team getting promoted, so can’t wait to show Lancaster how it’s done!”