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Finals at their first attempt - Northgate girls excel at handball

PUBLISHED: 10:14 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:14 10 May 2017

Year 8 girls from Northgate High School in Dereham have reached the U13 National Handball finals.  Picture: Northgate High School

Year 8 girls from Northgate High School in Dereham have reached the U13 National Handball finals. Picture: Northgate High School

Northgate High School

They only started playing the sport six weeks ago but a team of year 8 girls from Northgate High School have reached a national final in handball.

The Dereham students will be off to the U13 National Handball Finals at Worcester Arena in June.

Pupils in year 8 and 10 were selected before the Easter holidays to take part in the Norwich Community Sports Foundation event at the UEA and year 8 girls and year 10 boys qualified to represent Norfolk at the eastern region competition.

Held at Cambridge University Sports Centre the pupils faced tough competition against experienced teams from across East Anglia.

The year 8 girls team continued to improve with each game they played, and a tense final against Essex was eventually won on penalties.

The finals are quite an achievement for a group of girls who had never heard of handball six weeks ago.

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