EAGLES NC WIN
Eagles NC claimed their first ENG Youth Netball Premier League Southern Conference title after a perfect season where they won nine out of nine games to continue the fine form they showed when they won the Grand Finals last season.
The Berkshire side were not messing around this season and mostly swept aside the majority of their opponents. They were tested though in games against Crosskeys, Ryland NC and AP Saints but stood up to that test and showed a durability most great teams have when they find themselves under pressure.
Their success in large parts is down to the emergence of a player that only started playing netball last season. Jasmine Akrasi come into netball at the age of twelve with no experience whatsoever but has been transformed into a formidable player who looks like they have a bright future within the game. Her height is the first thing you notice when she enters the court but her ability to find space and shoot under pressure has improved at a speed that can only be down to the amazing coaching she is being given but also her willingness to learn. Her performances this season haven't gone unnoticed by us at ENG and she awarded the MVP of the 2021/22 Southern Conference.
Crosskeys who came second in the league will provide the Grand Finals with a very interesting test for the teams in the finals. A relative unknown they have a team packed full of amazing talent and a player in Gracie Smith who at only thirteen plays for the Saracens Mavericks U15 side and who is an exceptional talent. AP Saints NC and Ryland were the other teams to qualify for the finals and both had indifferent seasons where at times showed how great they can be but also showed a side to their game that lacked consistency.
All the sides have what it takes to do well and the true test of who will be No.1 will be on April 30th when the Southern and Northern leagues collide in what is going to an exceptional event.