TWO games on the same day at different ends of the country – Northwich Sapphires’ under 15s netballers certainly had a busy Sunday.

However, they ended it with a trophy in their possession and established as one of the best teams of their age group in the country.

The under 15s Gold squad started their marathon day with an early game against a strong Chorley Inferno side in the final of the Manchester and Cheshire Junior Netball League.

They came out on top to claim the title – but then a long drive to Gloucester followed for the players to contest the English Championship finals against the best teams from all over the country.

There, they made it to the third-fourth place play-off, only to lose out to a goal in the final seconds.

Lead coach Carly Grindrod said: “To be ranked fourth overall is a fabulous effort by all and credit to their determination, friendships and hard work.”

Squad: Phoebe Grindrod, Lauren Jones, Ella Harvey, Orla Kelly, Milly Venning, Sophie Curbishley, Ellie Whittaker, Caitlin Campbell, Elise Cann, Sophie Stubbs, Gabi Walker. Coaches: Carly Grindrod, Lisa Venables

Northwich Guardian: The under 15s team played in Manchester earlier in the dayThe under 15s team played in Manchester earlier in the day (Image: Contributed)

The club enjoyed more success in the under 14s age group, with the Gold team winning the Warrington Netball Tournament earlier this month.

“This year was critical for rebuilding the team due to significant changes this past year,” lead coach Anna Dalziel said.

“The girls' cohesion has truly shone through and their mid-table finish in the CJNL league highlights their determination and progress so great to see them win the gold.”

Squad: Clara Innes-Albaiges, Ruby Ackerley, Maisie Cooney, Sophie Eaton, Beatrix Millachip, Eve Wright, Verity Runciman, Rene Bratherton

Northwich Guardian: The under 14s side that won the Warrington Ball Hall tournamentThe under 14s side that won the Warrington Ball Hall tournament (Image: Contributed)