wedNEWSday: Devon based Irene Mellor is a self confessed Netball Nutter!

After all the events of late, this weeks wedNEWSday takes a look at the story of a player, coach, volunteer and above all a netball nutter. Make sure you keep checking our website and social media every wedNEWSday for more good news stories from across the South West and if you have a story you would like to share then send it into us using the details below.

Devon based Irene Mellor is a self confessed Netball Nutter! 

Irene Mellor has played netball since school.  She moved to Devon in 1994 and joined Kingsbridge NC a year later as one of the founder members.  The club quickly decided to join the PDNL League to get some match play experience and after numerous successful seasons, they reached Premier B.  By that time, Irene had qualified as a level 2 coach and, in addition to playing, coached both Stokenham Primary School and Kingsbridge Community College.

Irene stopped playing for a while due to work commitments but after a job change in 2012 and England Netball launching their flagship product Back to Netball, she just knew she had to get involved. …And that’s where Quayside B2N club started!  Four years on, it’s still going strong with an age range of 16 to 58 and three well attended socials a year.  Quayside B2N train every Tuesday and enter on average two Back to Netball tournaments a year – the last two tournaments they’ve had to take two teams!  

Coaching aside, Back to Netball has been fantastic for Irene personally.  At the age of 54 she never thought she would play again. When she first went back Irene was very wary as she had gained weight and had to strap both ankles but after a few sessions her confidence was back. Quayside NC are a fantastic bunch of ladies to not only coach but to play with too, and laughs are always plentiful.  They give each other inspiration and confidence whilst having a lot of fun along the way.  Recently they have sourced some funding from England Netball for some balls and bibs, plus gained sponsorship from Toad Hall Cottages.

Thank you to Irene for all she has given to netball over the years.

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wedNEWSday: Swindon Netball Marathon FUN-draiser!

It’s wedNEWSday! This week’s good news story comes from Swindon where they have been raising a great amount of money during a netball marathon.  For more good news stories like the below make sure you check out our page every wedNEWSday for more great updates from across the South West.

Netball Marathon FUN-draiser!

A 12 hour Netball Marathon was held at the Dorcan Dome, Swindon to raise money for the local Prospect Hospice.

The 12 hours were made up of a variety of netball activities including a Walking Netball Festival, Junior League matches, a Mixed Netball Tournament and a Fastnet Tournament. Money was also raised from a raffle, a tombola and from the sale of refreshments!

Everyone had a great time during the day, especially ‘Claire’s Bears’ (pictured below) who played in memory of Claire Bassett who sadly died of cancer last year!

The total amount raised for the local Prospect Hospice was a huge £3,071! Well done to everyone that organised the event, those that took part and those that donated – a great amount of money raised for a brilliant cause.

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wedNEWSday: Regional Back to Netball Festival Success

It’s that time of the week again – wedNEWSday! Our news this weekend came from our second regional Back 2 Netball Festival this year. Make sure you check back each week for a new and exciting story from the South West Netball world. 

Regional Back to Netball Festival Success

Paignton Academy hosted the Netball South West Regional Back to Netball Festival (South) on 5th February 2017.

14 teams from across Devon and Cornwall whom have recently returned to, or taken up, netball competed for the title of NSW Back to Netball Champions (South) 2017.

All teams provided raffle prizes and a draw for Cancer Research UK was held raising £124.

It was a tough competition with teams split into two pools – at the end of the rounds both pool placings had to be decided on goal difference! Heading into the semi-finals were Haytor Hearts and Dart Vortex from pool A, and Quayside 1 and Alphanets from pool B. Quayside 1 got the better of Dart Vortex by one goal in semi-final one and  Haytor Hearts had a convincing 10-3 win over Alphanets to take them into the final. The overall winners were Haytor Hearts, with Quayside 1 taking second place.

If you are interested in getting Back to Netball please contact Devon Netball Development Officer, Jenny Kelly, on devon@englandnetball.co.uk

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wedNEWSday: Poole’s U14s are off to a solid start

#wedNEWSday! Each week we bring you a netballing good news story from across the South West. Make sure you check us every wedNEWSday for another great story or if you have some news you would like to share get in touch with us using the information below!

Poole’s U14s are off to a solid start

Poole Netball Club U14 squad have had a strong start in division one of the Netball South West League.  Coach Hayley Peyman is delighted with their start but recognises that they still have a lot of work to do if they are to meet the aims that the team have set themselves for 2017.

The girls started playing together as juniors around the age of 10 and have progressed as a team to now sit in the top spot, unbeaten in the NSW U14 league.  All players understand that the concept of teamwork and this has been the key to all that they have achieved; it is not to do with the individual, it is about the whole team at Poole.

All of the players are committed to the competition, they have known from a young age that the Regional League, followed latterly by the Nationals, is the most prestigious Championship and the girls take their lead from their Coach, who has always been very passionate about the competition.

Ultimately, it is an amazing achievement to get to Nationals but the girls know only too well that they still have several challenges standing in their way, with two more fixture dates and a play-off final.  Everyone at Poole is behind them, hoping they take it all the way – good luck girls!

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SW Regional Schools 2017 results

Schools from across the South West came together at Marlborough College on Saturday 28th January to compete in the Regional Schools finals 2017. Over 30 school teams played in U19, U16 and U14 competitions, the top 2 teams from each age group will go on to represent the South West at the National Schools finals to be held at Welwyn Garden Cilty on the 18th March.

U19

Winners: Millfield

Runners Up: Truro College

U16

Winners: Millfield

Runners Up: Kind Edward’s Bath

U14

Winners: Canford

Runners Up: Maynard

A full list of results for each age group can be found below. Congratulations to the winners, runners up and the all schools that took part in the competition. Netball South West would like to wish each of the team good luck when they go on to compete at the National Schools event!

U19 results 2017

U16 Results 2017

U14 Results 2017