A dominant performance on the final day of the season saw MK Netters U14s win the south regional championship, but only after a nervous wait.
Heading into the match tied at the summit of the league with Berkshire side Woodley, the girls knew that a goal bonanza was needed in order to steal the title from under their rival’s noses.
Driven by an unquenchable thirst to succeed the team didn’t disappoint, netting 64 times to their opponents 23 to record their 11th win of the season.
As news came in on the result from Woodley’s encounter with third placed Eagles, tension turned to jubilation with a 49-48 victory for the Eagles confirming the Netters place atop the league table.
With the regional title in the bag, Netters will go on to the National championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield in May.
And captain Hannah Loveland said she fancies Netters’ chances against the country’s best.
“It’s really exciting because everyone’s worked really hard, put in the hours at training and we really want it,” she said.
“I think we’ve got a good chance of doing well.
“I think the teams from up north will be tough to beat but we have done it before so there’s no reason we can’t.”
Team coach Hayley Fathers added: “It’s our dream for every girl who joins the club to do well so this is fantastic.
“They’ll be some tough teams at Nationals especially Oldham and Tameside who do well every year but on our day we can definitely far.”