Brods boost their hat-trick hopes

OLD Brodleians seconds put recent wobbles behind them to get back on course for a third successive North Bridge LC League title.

The Hipperholme outfit are the league’s draw experts, with four this season, but they still lead Division Four after being champions of the lower two divisions in the last two seasons.

Their youthful and enthusiastic side had a 16-11 win over Triangle on Monday to stay one point ahead of Tommos, who were 23-12 winners against Sapphires.

Becky Savings and Megan Brearley are key players while Lucy Bowman leads from the front as captain.

Brods scored the first two goals against Triangle and good interceptions from Hannah Firth and Brearley plus sound shooting from Bowman and Faye Rhodes helped them into a 10-4 interval lead.

Triangle stormed back with the next four goals but substitutes Rosina Costello and Becky Sabin helped steady the ship and bank another valuable three points.

Brods have arisen from the former Milans team and have linked up with the rugby union club based close to where they train at Hipperholme Grammar School.

They also have teams in the first division of the North Bridge League and Division One of the West Yorkshire League, in which they are among the promotion contenders.

Coach Vicky Hellowell, who also plays but is currently sidelined along with her sister Sam, has done much to put Brods on the netball map.

The rugby union club has a superb reputation for developing young players and the netball club is following suit. There are under 14 and under 16s netball teams and the better players, such as Joanna Hare, Rosina Costello and Steph Teale, are stepping up into the senior ranks. Hare, Costello and Kerry Molloy from the under 14s are in the West Yorkshire academy set up.

Beth Allen, a pupil at North Halifax High, has progressed really well and is forming a good partnership with impressive Charlotte Wilson in the first team.

However, Vicky Hellowell has launched a recruitment drive with next season in mind.

She said: “Sophie Morley, who has been playing for us since she was 15, is going to teach in Vietnam and others are off to university.

“We need some tough, experienced players to complement the youth that we are developing.”

Brods train at Hipperholme Grammar on Thursdays (7.15) and year nine and 10 students who have at least basic skills are also invited to attend. Year seven and eight pupils train at the same venue on Mondays (5.15). Hellowell can be contacted on 07880 867777.

RESULTS - Division Two: ROKT 10 Panthers 31, White Rose 18 Rockets 13, Runners 24 Robins 19, Queens 15 Blue Mavericks 13, Jets 31 Heath Ladies 16.

Division Four: Ravens 12 Impact 15, Old Brods 2 16 Triangle 11, Sapphires 12 Tommos 23, Twinkles 13 Sparkles 15, Emeralds 18 Falconers 16.

Division Six: Gems 21 Sowerby Stars 11, Barki Belles 10 Diamonds 24, Lady Birds 4 West End Girls 14, Pink Fizz 9 Harlequins 17, Wasps 37 Average Joes 5.

MONDAY FIXTURES (division in brackets) - at North Bridge: 7.0, Innscribe v Jaguars (3) and Hi-Tech Cougars v Towergate; 7.35, Calder Utd v Unity (3) and Townies v Pumas (1); 8.10, TAGS v Sparks (3) and Tigers v Yo-yos (1); 8.45, XL v Halifax (3) and Arrows v Ryburn Utd (1); 9.20, Lee Green v Tiger Vets (3) and Jokers v Old Brodleians (1).

At The Ridings: 7.0, Wolves v Dovetails (5); 7.35, Dynamite v Twinkles 2 (5); 8.10, Roxy Rebels v Black Jacks (5); 8.45, Thundercats v Rangers (5); 9.20, Jewels v Hillside Services (5).