A NUMBER of talented young Severn Stars netball players were involved in the U17 European Netball Championships last week. 

Pathway athletes Jess Monthe and Neve Marsden were in the winning side as England beat United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to clinch the title. 

Stars tweeted: "A massive congratulations to our Pathway athletes Jess Monthe and Neve Marsden on achieving gold at the European Netball U17 Championships this weekend with England Netball.

"All at Stars are so incredibly proud of you both. Also congratulations to Neve on your first England Junior cap." 

But it was not just England represented by Stars players. Four from the Stars set-up played for Wales, who finished the tournament in third. 

"Our Welsh Stars Freya, Lorwi, Erin and Carys at the Europe Netball U17 Championships this weekend came 3rd!! Congratulations to all involved and receiving your first Wales Netball junior caps!

"We have loved watching you shine on the international stage."

As for the senior Severn Stars team, they picked up their second win of the season last week as they thrashed Celtic Dragons.

It was an attacking masterpiece from Stars as Sigi Burger and Grace Namana linked up well in the shooting third, with Jessica Shaw and Gabby Marshall keeping up a constant provision of feeds into the circle, with 13 and 15 each.

Burger was once again in fine form in the shooting circle, netting 45 times to move her within two goals of current league top scorer Proscovia Peace.

Dragons were within just five goals of their opponents before the final quarter, but Stars proved their strength in an untouchable final 15 minutes, racing to a further 21 goals.

Stars won just three times last term but are already on two this season under Jo Trip, and their strong start to the season will give them hope of challenging high up the table this season.