COMMONWEALTHS: Willis plays part in historic win

Northern Ireland netball captain Hannah Willis
Northern Ireland netball captain Hannah Willis

Northern Ireland’s netball team, captained by Larne Grammar PE teacher Hannah Willis, are taking part in their first-ever Commonwealth Games.

After defeats to Malawi, Jamaica and New Zealand, they claimed their first success - an historic 61-40 triumph over Saint Lucia at the SECC on Monday.

Noleen Lennon scored 32 goals from 35 attempts to help Northern Ireland record its maiden victory in women’s team sport at a Commonwealth Games.

Jordanstown native Willis tweeted: “First win of the Commonwealth Games!!! Feels good!! #time2shine #feelinghappy #netballni.”

The win will no doubt give the girls a real boost in confidence as they focus on today’s encounter with host nation Scotland (July 30).