It was a nail-biting success for YWCA Bury at the weekend as they clinched the 16-19 Netball Open title in the most dramatic of fashions.
15 teams entered the tournament in Sheffield and it came down to last second resolute defence for Bury to seal a 10-9 victory over The Downs and be crowned Champions.
It was a frenetic finale with The Downs moving into an early lead only for YWCA Bury to come storming back. With the team from the north-west leading in the final minute, The Down pushed forward but were ultimately denied and instead to the runners-up spot.
In the Plate final it was triumph for Brigg for the second year in-a-row but it was an equally tense affair.
Their challenger this time round were Shipley Swifts with both sides comfortably winning their groups to make the final. The game went goal for goal but Brigg were able to finish off a fine move in the dying seconds to take the win.
Earlier in the day, the first stage of the tournament was played out with Weston Park Blades, YWCA Bury, CD Phoenix and Chevrons all clinching convincing wins in their respective groups.
The teams were then allocated into further groups depending on their final placing in the first round with the top teams battling it out in the Cup competition.
Group 1 saw The Downs and Weston Park Blades separated on goal average. The eventual silver medallists edged it by 0.04 and Blades had to settle for third place following a fantastic 12-11 play-off success over Clan.
Taking third place in the Plate competition were AP Saints as they defeated Northants Storm 15-9 to end their tournament on a high.
A full list of results and final placings from the 2017 edition of the 16-19 Netball Open can be found here.
England Netball would like to thank all of the players, coaches, support staff, officials and volunteers for a fantastic event.
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