North Durham Academy girls 'do the double'

North Durham Academy’s girls have done the County Cup double, winning the County Cup for both Cricket and Football in this year’s competition finals.

Last year North Durham Academy’s U13 Girl’s Cricket Team became the first Derwentside secondary school to lift the Durham County Lady Taverners Cricket Trophy and went on to defend their title in March with yet another prolific victory.

The girl’s will go on to represent Durham County in June at the Regionals in York.

North Durham Academy’s U14 Girls’ Football Team won the Durham County Schools’ Football Association U14 County Cup on 5th May 2017 in a courageous victory at Chester-le-Street Riverside against St. Bede’s, Peterlee.

The County Cup Final saw North Durham Academy’s U14 Captain; Lauren Mallows lead her team to a final score of 3-3.  The Final then went into extra time and Lauren then made an impressive strike taking the score to 4-3, making them County Champions.

Mr Lee, North Durham Academy’s PE Teacher said, “I have never in my 25 years’ experience as a player or coach been involved in a game like it. The girls showed an extraordinary level of grit and determination and always believed they could get something out of the game. I am so proud of the girls for what they achieved and even shed a little tear along with a few of the spectating parents”.

Mr Reynolds, North Durham Academy’s Excutive Principal said “Many congratulations to our girl’s cricket and football teams on their recent success in winning the County Cup for both sports; this is an enormous achievement. To win such prestigious competitions takes a lot of skill, practise and resilience, which the team showed in their match against St Bede’s, Peterlee.

They should feel very proud; I know as a school we are proud of all of the girls involved in their team’s achievement.”

Since then, the U14 girls played their final game of the season against St.Bede’s, Lanchester in the League play-off final on 7th June. After a shaky start, they eventually settled their nerves to cap off an extraordinary season with a 2-0 victory, finishing as League and County Champions.

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