Peebles netball girls look to complete the gold rush

Jo Pettitt. Scotland age netball'group team. 'shooting for Scotland against England last year.
Jo Pettitt. Scotland age netball'group team. 'shooting for Scotland against England last year.
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PEEBLES High School pupil Jo Pettitt’s feet have hardly touched the ground over the last few years.

The 18-year-old made the Scotland Under-17 team, at the age of 15, before going on to represent her country at Under-21 age group.

However, tomorrow she plays in a match which means as much to her as any of those as she leads her school team out on to the court for the very last time at the Scottish Schools’ Senior Gold Final.

Regional stage victories in the autumn over Newbattle, Balerno, James Gillespie’s and the Peebles B team put Peebles A team firmly in the gold section.

On their trail to reach the final of this coveted competition, they beat Arbroath HS 58-27 before seeing off Holycross, the team that put them out in last year’s semi-final stages, by 57-25.

The semi-final draw away to Hyndland presented challenges.

Not only was the court the minimum size, but an injury picked up by Pettitt during national squad training sidelined her to the bench for most of the match. After a nail-biting first half with the score neck and neck, Peebles finally found some form and drew away to a 64-44 win.

The final will be played against either Glasgow’s Duncanrig or Anderson HS from Shetland (who play midweek) in the Ravenscraig complex in Motherwell at 3.40pm on Friday.

Peebles A Squad: J. Pettitt, J. Hudson, H. MacDonald, H. Crick, L. Tait, F. Gillies, N. Mclean, M. Jackson, S. Krabbendam.