NETBALL: TWO students from Princethorpe College have come through a gruelling three-day selection camp to become members of Wasps Netball’s Under-19 team.
Sixteen-year-olds Molly Geehan and Georgie Peake impressed during a recent selection camp at Wolverhampton and are now preparing themselves for a lifestyle choice that will involve a six-day-a-week training regime.
Both players will represent Wasps in the National Performance League (NPL) as they prepare for a packed netball season which promises the opportunity to play against the best in the country.
Goal shooter Molly and goal defence Georgie proved they are capable of England selection in the future and now they must juggle NPL training alongside their regional club (Henley) and school fixtures making life busy in the fast-lane for both.
“It’s what I want to do so the sacrifices are worth it,” said Georgie. “Sometimes I’m having to do homework in the car as I’m travelling to training but that’s just what has to be done.”
Molly agrees: “I love the game. I’m often forced to make difficult decision to make sure that I get both school work and training done; but that’s part of where we’re at.
“It’s so fast out there. Even since I’ve been playing the rules and the feel of the game have altered. It’s going to be fascinating to watch how the sport continues to grow.”
In safe hands with Wasps NPL, the sport looks set to enjoy its recent trajectory with more girls and women playing than ever before.
For the moment though, both Molly and Georgie embody the appeal of a sport many will have played during their youth our youth.
They’re bright, committed and focused on not simply scoring goals on the court but achieving personal goals in the highly charged world of national sport.