Net gain for GB netball juniors

The Junior Netball team clinched a place in the final after beating South Africa 33-16.

Goal-shooter Jessica Pinnick was the star of the show in Herzliya.

Coach Sandy Thornton said: “I’m very proud. It’s better than I could’ve expected. We’ve got stronger and stronger as the tournament has progressed.

“We trained hard at home once every six weeks. It was hard getting the squad together as some girls live in Manchester. They also had the pressure of GCSE’s.

Thanking the GB fans, she said:“We have a terrific team spirit and are going for gold.”

GB plays Australia in the final on Tueday.

Thornton said: “If we rise to the occasion then we’ll have a chance.”

The GB senior squad also reached the final after beating Israel by one point.

Last updated: 12:32pm, July 20 2009