CHARNWOOD Sapphires have completed an historic season with promotion to the National Premier League for the 2016-2017 season.
In March, the team, led by player coach Sam Griffin, were crowned the East Midlands Regional League Division One champions for the first time in their history to qualify for the weekend’s National Premier League Playoffs at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
There were 12 teams battling for three promotion spots and Charnwood’s first game on Saturday morning brought home to the young squad the challenge they faced and they were well beaten 64-28 by one of the play-off favourites Billericay.
Despite the defeat, the team bounced back on Saturday afternoon to beat Blackpool 50-48 the girls convincingly beat Riverside 47-36 to finish runners up in their group.
The victory set Charnwood up for a game against London side Poly with the winner guaranteed a place in the National Premier league. Poly kept a lead all the way through the but the fourth and final quarter saw Charnwood take control and dominate the match, running out 47-38 winners.