Netball: Albyn’s Ella in Under-21 selection with eyes on European championships

Ella Murray.

An Aberdeen pupil has a shot at selection for Scotland’s Under-21 netball side when they head to this year’s European Championships.

Albyn School’s Ella Murray, 16, has already been picked to play for the U21 side and is now working hard on her game to make sure she is part of the contingent travelling to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the Under-21 Netball Europe Championships in October.

Fifth-year pupil Ella, pictured, plays netball for both the school and Westhill Netball Club.

After Netball Scotland confirmed her U21 place, she said: “I’m so excited!

“The hard work has definitely paid off. At the start of the season, I was relatively unknown but I have worked really hard on my fitness and got my shooting accuracy up. I can’t wait to start training!”

If she secures her place for Belfast it will cap a year which has already put her front and centre in the eyes of national selectors.

Not only has Ella been picked at U21 level, but it has been confirmed she will travel with the Scotland U17s to their European championships in County Meath, from March 2-4.

Dr Ian Long, head teacher at Albyn School, said: “We are very proud of Ella.

“This is such an amazing achievement and we look forward to supporting her in this exciting endeavour.”