Students at Faughanvale P.S who are on the netball squad have been training hard in a bid for success when they compete in Lisburn this weekend, and their school principal couldn't be more proud of them.

Faughanvale P.S. pupils are shooting for success this weekend when they compete in the finals of the NI primary schools' netball championship.

Friday, 3rd June 2016, 9:59 am
Updated Friday, 3rd June 2016, 12:02 pm
Back row (L-R): Emma OConnor, Abi McKinney, Regan Moore, Katie Bryson, Shania King Mrs Anne McGroarty Front row L-R Maire OHara, Daisy Burley, Caitlin Duddy, Jessica Nicholl, Amy Nicholl, Emma Duffy.

The squad has been training hard for months to reach the finals, which will be held in Lisburn this weekend.

School principal, Anne McGroarty said the school has competed in the tournament for several years and the sport is a big part of school life.

Ms McGroarty is thrilled the squad won a place in the final after securing the runners-up spot in the recent Western Area Netball Championship held in Derry.

“We are a small school from a rural area, so to have reached the final is a big achievement,” she said. “We are delighted.”

The squad consists of seven players from P7 and four subs from P6.

“It’s a big occasion for the school,” said Ms McGroarty. “It will be a big event in Lisburn, and we will have good support on the day.”

Ms McGroarty said it would be fantastic if the Faughanvale team brought home the silverware, and admitted there would be some friendly competition with their neighbours, Broadbridge P.S., who will also be competing.

“We’re up for the challenge and we hope the cup comes to the North West,” she said.

Ms McGroarty thanked all those who have helped the team, including Roisin McKeever; volunteer coach Teresa Gillespie and Joanne Nicholl, and Shauna Logue.