Manchester Historian

Student newspaper for the University of Manchester's History Department

Saturday 22nd July 2017 | Manchester, UK

History Netball

The History Netball squad are continuing their success with their most recent matches seeing an exceptional 25 – 4 win against Medics and a 25 – 17 win against MSUOTC. These victories show that despite a break in training due to availability of the Armitage Centre, the girls are continuing to bring triumph to the History department. Unfortunately it’s the last year for some girls on the team, including the captain, Charlotte Peacock, who will graduate this summer. However, she is determined to finish on a high. She tells the Manchester Historian:

‘Half way through semester two and the netball girls are on fire! Training is proving really successful from our recent match performances – last week was our greatest win, scoring 25-4 against the medics team! I feel like the team is closer than ever this year; combining all players into one team, and a social at Revs really helped us click. I am truly honoured to have had the opportunity to be captain of such a lovely and hardworking team. With only two more matches and a tournament to go, I hope we can push even higher up in the league!’

As many members of the team are third year and will be leaving this summer, the squad will be looking for new recruits come September. However, they’re not only looking to recruit new first years, any year and ability is welcome, as long as they’re prepared to work hard to win. Not only is netball a good form of exercise, but the girls have enjoyed the social side, having found it a great way to make friends when you study an arguably unsociable course. Lauren Kenny, second year, puts her expanding friendship group at university down to netball, commenting, ‘Joining netball has been a great way to make friends in history, across all three years’. Chloe Hickson, another second year, also supports this, telling us: ‘One of the main reasons I love going to netball every week is being able to socialise with my course mates. If I hadn’t have joined the team I don’t think I’d have known half the people I do now from our course. It’s nice to spend time with them outside of the five minutes waiting for lectures or seminars to start. Plus it makes me feel part of something- a team and a group of history course friends.’

If you’re thinking of joining the squad in September, then keep checking your inbox as emails will be sent round in Freshers Week. There are no trials, just an expectation of hard work, a positive attitude and a desire to win! The squad next play MUGS on Wednesday, March 15 so watch this space for more team news!

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