wedNEWSday: U14 success at National Club Finals

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U14 success at National Club Finals

After finishing 1st and 2nd in the South West U14 Regional League, Poole and Saints Rockets travelled to Birmingham University last weekend to represent the South West at the National U14 Clubs Finals.

Against extremely tough competition both teams did exceptionally well and produced some fantastic results across the two day finals.

Saints Rockets were arguably involved in the match of the finals narrowly defeating Grangetown 19-18 in an exciting, end-to-end match. They eventually finished in 9th place which is an excellent achievement!

Poole were strong throughout the tournament and produced a great performance to defeat Cliftonettes and win a close fought game against Leeds. Narrowly missing out on the final by goal average Poole beat Turnford in the third place play-off to finish 3rd overall. A fantastic result for the club and the region.

A huge well done to both Poole and Saints Rockets who have had excellent seasons and represented the South West brilliantly!

For a full write up of the finals and the complete results please go to: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/oldham-come-top-north-west-final/

Poole NC finished 3rd at the U14 National Clubs Finals. 

Saints Rockets finished the competition in 9th position.

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Regional League 3 Play-Offs

A four-way play-off tournament was held on Sunday 21 May at the University of the West of England Sports Centre, Bristol to determine the two teams to fill the vacated places in Regional League 3 North Division.

Bristol Storm were aiming to retain their RL3 place, with Team Bath Tigers (Avon), Randwick (Glos) and Razzle Dazzle (Wilts) aiming for a regional place. After a round-robin competition, Team Bath Tigers emerged as winners having won all their matches, while Bristol Storm won two out of their three matches to finish in second place, therefore retaining their regional league place.

Changes to the Regional League 3 structure have meant that the RL3 division will be split into north and south sub-divisions. Entry into RL3 South is by invitation to the top teams from East Devon, West Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

South West Regional League 3 North Play-Off Winners, Team Bath Tigers

wedNEWSday: ‘Moving Forwards’ with Netball South West

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‘Moving Forwards’ with Netball South West

On Sunday 14th May Netball South West welcomed members from across the region to their Moving Forwards Conference and AGM 2017 at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

NSW were joined by Fran Connolly (England Netball Head of Development), Jess Thirlby and Liz Bloor (Team Bath ??) and Pam Cookey (Severn Stars Director of Development) for updates on what the future holds for netball in the South West.

The conference also covered how competition is progressing and improving over the coming season, including changes to the Regional League, and information on Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance.

The day offered a lot of interesting information on what is to come over the next season and into the future from the perspective of England Netball and the two Super League franchises. The attendees also got an insight into Netball South West’s plans on how they plan to continue to improve and support England Netball, Team Bath and Severn Stars.

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wedNEWSday: TTNC Spartans (Devon) reach the National U16 Finals

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TTNC Spartans (Devon) reached the National U16 Finals

Teignbridge Titans U16 netball team TTNC Spartans concluded a fantastic season by reaching the National U16 Finals – the first time in a long while any Devon based teams have qualified for this event, the highest level of competition for their age group.

The National Clubs U16 Finals brings together the top 18 teams in the under 16 age category from across the country. The 18 teams consisted of the winners and runners up from the nine regional competitions that take place throughout the season.

This year’s National Clubs U16 Finals took place on 29th and 30th April 2017 at Redbridge Sports Centre (Forest Rd, Essex IG6 3HD).

TTNC Spartans finished third in their group and 15th overall.  Really well done TTNC Spartans – a year to be proud of.

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wedNEWSday: Quayside B2N Club reignites passion for netball

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Quayside Back to Netball Club is helping women of all ages reignite their passion for netball

Quayside Back to Netball Club (Devon) is run by Irene Mellor, a qualified level two coach who also runs after school netball clubs at Kingsbridge Community College. Irene was one of the founding members of Kingsbridge Jesters, who climbed the local netball leagues in the mid-to-late 90s.

“The club is an opportunity for women who haven’t played netball since school, or lost touch with the sport because of other commitments,” says Irene. “We give each other inspiration and confidence every week, and also have a lot of fun.”

Irene has a special bond with the club because it also helped her back onto the court after thinking that she might never play again:

“Back to Netball has been fantastic for me personally. After a few sessions I soon got my confidence back, and now, aged 58, I’ve got more energy than I ever thought I’d have.”

There are no age limits at the Quayside club and women of all abilities are welcome. The club has eighteen paid-up members and also offers ‘pay as you play’ rates. As well as weekly training sessions, the club enters Back to Netball tournaments and runs social events throughout the year. It also acts as a springboard:

“Some of our players go on to play competitive netball at clubs like Ivybridge,” explains Irene. “I’m also quick to encourage our younger members to pursue the sport at college or university.”

Quayside Back to Netball Club trains on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm, throughout term time, at Kingsbridge Quayside Leisure Centre. You can message the club via its Facebook page ‘Quayside Netball Club’ for more information.

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