South West success at Golden Globes

Rose Award - Karen JonesLast weekend the national Goalden Globe Awards took place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to celebrate the outstanding work and dedication of all of England Netball’s volunteers and to present the national awards to the regional Goalden Globe winners.

All of the South West’s regional winners were among the nominees for their respected categories and enjoyed a Great Gatsby themed evening alongside the finest names in netball including The Roses head coach Tracey Neville.

Congratulations to Danny Neill (Dorset & South West) who was the winner of the Grassroots Officials Award. Danny has been heavily involved in officiating for a number of years and currently chairs the Netball South West Education and Training Group which looks at developing coaches and officials across the region. Danny launched the Talented Young Umpire Programme with the vision of having a group of young volunteers pass their A Award and earlier this year 2 officials were successful in doing this, thanks largely to the support Danny gave them over the last 6 years.

Another big congratulations goes to Active Devon for winning the Rose Award. Active Devon have made an exceptional contribution to netball by having innovative funding programs which have enabled netball to be activated in Devon as well as promoting and actively assisting with working partnerships between themselves, the leisure industry, local authority partners and England Netball. Active Devon were also celebrated for their successes with the Active Villages Netball project, the Active Communities project and their workforce bursary which has seen over 100 new netball players introduced to the game, 4 new adult and 3 new junior netball clubs formed and supported 51 coaches develop their skills and gain UKCC qualifications.

A massive well done to both winners as well as all of the regional Goalden Globe winners who were nominated for national awards.

Romans give Premier performance at pre-season tournament

Premier_RomansEleven teams from across the region and an invitation team from South Glamorgan, came together on Sunday 13th September in the Sports Training Village at the University of Bath to challenge for the first competition of the season.

Although billed as a friendly tournament, the level of play was intense with the teams using the four quarter format to rotate squads and try out different player combinations.  Hucclecote, unbeaten in Group A, were unable to sustain their winning ways, losing to Exeter, runners-up in Group B in one of the semi-finals. The other semi-final saw Group A runners-up, Premier Romans beat the invitation team, CTK who had won their group on goal average.

With both teams now playing their seventh game of the day, Premier Romans eventually triumphed 13 goals to 7 over Exeter in the final.

The tournament was also used to provide mentoring to umpires, especially those wishing to advance to the next officiating award.  Danny Neill, Netball South West’s Officiating Manager, was pleased with the event, “It is vital that umpires are able to access this level of competition if they want to progress. We have a great group of mentors, themselves experienced “A” Award umpires, and we are grateful to them for giving up their time to help those coming up the officiating ladder”.