N.Ireland Plate and Shield Success

27 March 2015

Congratulations go to CHS netballers who achieved huge success at the recent Northern Ireland Plate and Shield Finals. The finals took place in Lisburn Racquets club on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March and Cookstown managed to bring home an impressive three out of 3 trophies and 42 NI gold medals in total.

Inter Captain with NI Plate-webIntermediates

The Intermediates Squad met Our Lady of St Patricks College Knock in the first round of the cup. They put up a great fight, but the experience of OLSPK girls proved too much and Cookstown were knocked into the plate. They progressed smoothly through the plate defeating great netball schools such as Lagan College and Rathmore Grammar school to reach the finals. They then had to face Friends School Lisburn in the finals. Both teams got off to a shaky start but by the second quarter Cookstown had got into their stride and started to edge ahead. In the end, they finished convincing winners, defeating Friends 24-6 in a match which was much tighter than the scoreline reflected. The inters were now the proud owners of gold medals and the NI plate.


Junior plate capt-webJuniors

In the Northern Ireland Cup, Cookstown Juniors lost out in the first round to Methody College Belfast. Cookstown started to think that this wasn’t their year, but their form picked up again in the NI Plate competition. Cookstown faced a number of teams including Killicomaine Junior High and Lurgan College in the run up to the final and successfully defeated all teams in their paths to reach the final stages. Cookstown then had to face Wallace in the Northern Ireland Plate finals. Again, the girls were up against a very strong team from Lisburn and they had to really work hard to achieve the result they wanted. It took the Juniors a few quarters to settle, and when Wallace made a few mistakes, Cookstown took advantage of this and managed to secure a win on the final whistle. Final score at full time was 7-6 to Cookstown to allow them to bring home the Northern Ireland Junior Plate and the Gold Medals. Nicole Stewart was also named as player of the match and won Best Player trophy for the Junior match.


IMG 6791-webMinors

The Minors made a very good impression in their first year in the Northern Shield. The minors were unlucky not to make it through to the Cup after the met Cup winners, Glenlola, in the early stages of the competition.  This left the minors in the Northern Ireland Shield where they put in some great performances against great netball schools such as Wallace and Lismore. Cookstown successfully made the Northern Ireland finals where they had to face their league rivals St Paul’s Bessbrook. The minors had worked hard all season and went out to put what they had learnt into practice finishing the season with a 18-14 win. The minors brought home more gold medals and the NI Shield. This is a great achievement by such a young side who can aim high once again next season to retain their title.

Well done to all the Cookstown High School netballers. This had been a very successful season for all the girls.


Junior and Minors Match Gallery


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