#wedNEWSday – Au revoir Trudie Procter

After 34 years, Wiltshire based Trudie Procter has begun to pack her bag (and netball trainers) for a new life in France.

To mark this occasion and in honour of her dedication and commitment to netball for over three decades, her daughter is arranging a Charity Fun Farewell Netball Tournament. Trudie doesn’t like parties or boozing but agreed a tournament would be right up her street.  The Tournament is gathering pace because Trudie is a very well-known and respected umpire, coach and player – 17 senior teams are already signed up! Trudie is passionate about the proceeds going to local charities so she has chosen Julia’s House (a children’s hospice in our local town) and our local Air Ambulance, with the cake stall proceeds going to a cancer charity.

Trudie didn’t play netball at Primary School because she was a tom boy and preferred playing football with the boys but when she was asked to play GK at Senior School (and knowing this position existed in football), Trudie agreed to have a go. Trudie soon realised that GK didn’t offer her enough movement so moved out to GD and in 1984 joined Devizes Netball Club. Trudie then had an accidental season at WA and rather enjoyed attacking which found her moving to Centre where at the age of 55+ still plays full matches in the local league at this position. Since then she has become a C Award umpire and a UKCC level two coach.

Trudie has found coaching at her beloved village primary school her most rewarding achievement. Coaching the U11’s at All Cannings Primary School for many years and inspiring a new team each year as the children moved on and through to Senior School. The junior school netball team is a force to be reckoned with each year and Trudie has had many County Final successes.  Trudie also coaches the Under 11’s at Devizes Netball Club and for many years ran the Junior League in the area. Trudie coaches the lower half of the Devizes Netball Club Teams and is adored by everyone at her sessions.

Trudie has loved all the teams she has played with at Devizes and her heart is currently with Devizes Falcons (Moonraker League).  Trudie is also a founder member of our Devizes TOGs Team (aka Trudies Old Girls) and we form usually for our summer league and tournaments when we can get together, the rule being that the team members are over 30 (with a few exceptions)! Trudie is also a member of a joint club Saturday morning Team (Moonies) playing in the Swindon League.

Trudie is still giving up her Tuesday and Thursday evenings to umpire at the Moonraker League games (the league in which she plays) and thoroughly loves umpiring all levels from the low divisions up to the Prem level division. Trudie is a hugely respected umpire and always gives up more of her precious time to mentor young umpires. Trudie was until recently Devizes NC Club secretary for 25 plus years, as well as Umpiring Secretary for the Moonraker League (and Moonraker League Secretary for some years too!).

We are sure you will agree that Trudie deserves a great send off after her outstanding contribution to netball in our a county – she is already planning on how she can take netball to France!


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#wedNEWSday – Wiltshire Walking Netball Groups Raise Money for Sport Relief

Two of the Walking Netball groups in Wiltshire embraced Sport Relief this week and joined forces to raise nearly £200.

The ladies who play regularly in Melksham and Corsham participated in a merged session which included a friendly fixture and fun drills. The players also hosted a bake sale and auctioned off cakes made by the participants. Participant Sue Mortimer raised sponsorship by attending the session wearing a tutu!

Well done to all involved, especially the walking netball hosts Jan, Sue and Caroline for organising a fun fund-raising event!

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Hucclecote and Saints qualify for National U16 Finals

The Under 16 regional club play-offs finals were held on Sunday 25th March at Paignton Academy where the top 4 teams in the Regional U16 league were vying for a place in the National finals.

After a long season travelling to Paignton for all their fixtures, the Division 1 leaders Hucclecote started the day as favourites having won all their league matches.  True to form they won all their play-off matches and finished as overall champions, but not without a scare in their first match against Saints Cornwall, which they started slowly.

Poole also started slowly but could only manage a draw with Team Bath in their first match. Saints, who finished the regular season in 4th place, were able to capitalise and beat Poole in their final match to finish as runners-up on the day.

Hucclecote and Saints both qualify for the National U16 Clubs final to be held on 28th/29th April in Nottingham.  Good luck to both squads!

Thanks to the umpires and volunteers on the day and throughout the season, especially to Debbie Ashworth who sourced and allocated umpires to enable the highest quality of netball to be played.

Final Play-Off places:

  1. 1. Hucclecote 15pts
  2. 2. Saints 11 pts
    3.Team Bath 5 pts
    4.Poole 4pts


Final league places – see web site https://netballresults.uk/nsw/33/


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On Wednesday 14th March the Dorset Satellite Academies from Blandford, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth participated in their end of season Satellite Tournament.

Each Satellite provided two teams and the Tournament was played in two sections on the indoor courts at Sir David English Sports Centre.

The Tournament provided enthusiastic and skillful play with some close run matches.  Athletes took the opportunity to thank their Academy coaches, umpires and parents for their support over the season.

The final results:

SECTION 1:          1st: Poole  2nd: Weymouth   3rd: Bournemouth  4th: Blandford

SECTION 2:          1st Poole   2nd: Bournemouth   3: Blandford    4th: Weymouth

Congratulations to all involved.

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