Danielle Austin is hoping Sunderland Netball 1sts can continue their winning start to the season

Danielle Austin in action for Sunderland Netball 1sts

University of Sunderland netball 1sts ended their BUCS season on a high, winning the BUCS Northern 5B league and gaining promotion in the process.

Sunderland were crowned champions as they won the league comfortably with 27pts, six points clear of second place York 2nds.

The team got the season off to a winning start back in October with back-to-back wins. Firstly a 51-30 home victory over Northumbria University 4ths, before their first away win of the campaign 27-49 over Durham University 4ths.

Despite Sunderland’s excellent start in the league, the girls couldn’t get past Liverpool John Moore 2nds in the Northern Conference Cup. They were narrowly beaten 48-42.

After their exit from the cup, Sunderland stayed strong in the league. Two consecutive home wins increased the team’s chances of promotion. Sunderland beat York 2nds 52-45 and then thrashed Leeds 5ths 53-25.

Sunderland continued their winning streak before the start of the New Year with a 34-47 win over Huddersfield 1sts in December.

February was a busy month for the Wearside team, as they had a match every week. Sunderland narrowly beat Durham 4ths in the first of three games. Unfortunately for the Sunderland team though, their winning match streak was blown by a defeat away to York 2nds, which ended 57 -38.

However, the girls ended the month on a positive and were able to take the points against Leeds 5ths, beating them 27-38.

Sunderland had secured promotion by their penultimate game against Northumbria 4ths, but the team still fought a tightly contested match and took away the victory by winning 35-40.

The last game was home to Huddersfield 1sts. Sunderland had been promoted and had already won the league with 27pts. They comfortably beat Huddersfield 67-33, which ended a great season for all the players.

Although Sunderland had won the league, the focus had been turned to Varsity. The match against Teesside University was the end to a fantastic season, as the Wearsiders put on an impressive performance to beat Teesside 95-16.