TAUNTON School’s Under-16 netball team came up just short in their bid to reach the national finals, 20 years ago this week.

The school, which had made it through to the national finals at Under-19 level several times in recent years, saw its Under-16 team qualify for the regional final in Newquay in 2001 - having finished as runners-up to Millfield School in the county tournament.

They were unable to progress on from there to nationals, but could still be pleased with their efforts.

Pictured above, from left to right, are: back row - Lizzie Frith, Christina Vitez, Francesca Dutfield, Stephanie Knight, Rebecca Carter; front row - Carly Pitman, Pippa Gwynne-Jones, Jenny Watts, Perry Owens.