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Catriona's netball success

Catriona's netball success

A KILGRASTON fifth former has edged another step closer to representing Scotland at a European netball tournament in March.

Catriona Norval is one of 18 players to be chosen for Scotland’s U15 netball development squad following a series of trials around the country.

The 14-year-old, who plays in defence, is now in with a chance of making the final team of 12 if she impresses selectors at two weekend training camps early next month.

Kilgraston’s director of sport, Pauline Stott, said: “Catriona has performed brilliantly this year with her netball play and has shown a massive improvement with hard work and dedication. Having joined Bridge of Earn junior netball club last year along with playing for Kilgraston, Catriona has gone from strength to strength.”

The talented teen was first spotted last year during a holiday performance camp run by NPC Scotland. Last summer, she was selected for the Perth and District squad along with four other Kilgraston girls – Amber Shillington, Talitha Thompson, Susie Dougall and Rosie Gow.

Catriona, who plays for the U15 district A team was chosen out of hundreds of girls for the Scottish squad following trials in the Autumn. She is the second member of her family to reach national level in a sport. Her older sister, Rebecca, a sixth former at Kilgraston, is the Scottish junior equestrian vaulting champion and also clinched three medals at the British Vaulting Championships.

Kilgraston’s Principal, Frank Thompson, said: “Catriona’s progress in netball over the last year has been phenomenal. She was voted ‘Player of the Year’ last season by her teachers and played a massive role in helping her year group to win the Scottish Cup by cutting off many goal-scoring opportunities.

“Catriona, like a number of our girls, is involved in playing netball both at school and within the local community. We’re very grateful to Katrina Seatter, our netball specialist here at Kilgraston as well as the Bridge of Earn Netball Club and the Perth and District Squad for providing so many opportunities for girls to enjoy the sport at a high level.”

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