Peebles girls achieve recognition

PROMISING netballers from clubs across the east of Scotland met at Napier University on Sunday for Under-16 trials for Netball Scotland’s new East Pathways Development Squad.

Over recent years two Pathways centres have operated in the south and north of Scotland which have cherry-picked talented netballers to meet for regular coaching sessions over and above their club provision.

The growth in netballing talent across the east of Scotland, and Borders in particular, has led this year to the establishment of a dedicated East Pathways centre based in Edinburgh.

Fourteen players from Peebles Netball and one from Earlston Netball Club attended the inaugural trials, all nominated by Borders District as having potential to succeed.

After a gruelling day of drills and matches under the scrutiny of selectors, Peebles had no fewer than nine players selected for the East squad.

All nine will now attend additional coaching sessions every few weeks alongside other talented netballers from the region.

Peebles Netball coach Linda Nicholson was delighted with the selections.

She told TheSouthern: “It is very tough getting players into Pathways squads, particularly for districts like Borders which are relatively new and have to prove themselves before getting onto the national radar.

“However, the selection of nine players from Peebles Netball demonstrates that these talented athletes are being recognised in national circles.”

The players selected for East Pathways were: Hannah Crick, Flora Gillies, Jenny Hudson, Mhairi Jackson, Ellen Jardine, Susanne Krabbendam, Hannah MacDonald, Neve McLean and Lauren Tait.