#wedNEWSday – Dorset County Playoffs Under 14 & 16’s

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On 9th September 2018 Teams, Coaches and Umpires from Dorset travelled to Sir David English sports centre in Bournemouth to take part in this year’s County Playoffs to head to Regionals for the 2018/2019 season.

First up were the Under 14’s; each game was very competitive and well played by all teams involved.

Final standings and representing Dorset for U14 regional:

  1. 1) Poole
  2. 2) Wimborne
  3. 3) North Dorset

Next up were the Under 16’s; again, each game was very competitive and well played by all teams involved, and this year saw Dorset choosing between 5 teams to represent Dorset at Regional U16, which we have never had before.

Final standings and representing Dorset for U16 regional:

  1. 1) Poole
  2. 2) North Dorset A
  3. 3) Wimborne

Representing Dorset at the Under 14 regional tournament proved a hit for the teams as Wimborne and Poole made it into Division 1 and were winners of their pools and North Dorset making Division 2. Good Luck for your next fixtures.

We look forward to hearing how the U16 teams do at the seeding tournaments down in Paignton in the next couple of weeks.

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)

#wedNEWSday – Congratulations Sue

This week’s WedNEWSday is a very special congratulations to one of our regional staff, Sue Anderson who got married to her partner Adrian in a small ceremony in Bristol in August.

It seems only right that we have chosen to send our congratulations to Sue on the day we are celebrating Back to Netball’s 10th Birthday – as in her role as Bristol’s Netball Development Community Coach, she is the absolute queen of Back to Netball and all the programme stands for inspiring and supported thousands of women to get back on court!!

Congratulations Sue and Adrian – wishing you lots of love and happiness!

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#wedNEWSday – Welcome aboard Issy

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

However this week is slightly different, we are giving a warm welcome to Issy Farrell who has become the Youth Representative on the South West Regional Management Board, making her the youngest member.

Here is a little bit more about Issy:

She is originally from Gloucestershire, currently studying PE & Sports Studies at the University of Worcester with the aim of becoming a secondary school teacher. She plays for both the university team in Worcester, last season playing within the 3rd squad and currently plays at Hucclecote Netball Club in Division 1. She also coaches the U13 section at Hucclecote with a brilliant bunch of girls keen to learn. Her other sporting love is hockey where she plays for a local team and once played for England!

Issy’s main aim with the role is to get as many young girls as possible enthused by the sport and wanting to participate in it. Within this role she wants to offer a range of opportunities that will both attract and sustain our numbers within the South West to find a love for netball.

Issy has said ‘I’m so excited to begin my time as youth rep because I want to be able to get involved through a hands on approach by tackling some of the issues within the county and being able to make a difference to south west netball’

If you would like to know more about Issy’s role or have any more questions for her, then please do not hesitate to contact her on: youth@netballsouthwest.co.uk

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#wedNEWSday – Dorset trio selected for Team Bath programme

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Three Dorset based players have been contracted to train as part of ‘Team Bath Futures’ Programme”. Jaimee Browne, Jessamy Baker and Skyla Erskine, from Weymouth Junior Netball Club endured a rigorous screening process at Exeter University and Team Bath University Sports Village where they proved themselves as potential national athletes amongst over 250 athletes on trial.

Weymouth coach Kelly Browne was quick to recognise their potential and has been nurturing their talent for the past three years.

She said: “Each one of the players has the natural physical make-up so often needed to trigger the skill required for elite sport. Couple this with their determination to develop and you have the formula to tap into higher level opportunities.

“Team Bath Netball have a long-standing history of developing young netballers into Superleague and international players and those in charge at Team Bath confirm their unwavering commitment to helping people achieve their full potential.

“The players will train within the Netball Futures Pathway, ensuring that talented netballers from across the south west get access to the Blue and Gold family and learn from the outstanding coaches.”

Netball Dorset director of performance, Linda Cutler congratulated the past county players on securing places at the Team Bath Netball Hub at Bryanston School and to be coached by former Team Bath stalwart and England International Jo Vann, enabling local players to feature within the national framework on a weekly basis.

Jaimee, Jessamy and Skyla will be housed within the Dorset Hub (one of four across the region), which will deliver top-class coaching plus lifestyle and sports science support to the 20 players aged 14-21 chosen at each hub from across the south west region.

To kick-start them in readiness for their start, Nick Bell from New Body Fitness, a gym already sponsoring local netball, has jumped at the chance to widen his support to these talented players by providing them with gym membership and conditioning advice.

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South West Netball Volunteers – Making a difference through Netball

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South West volunteers Jenny Kelly, Lili John and Katrina Venner travelled to Uganda on 26th July, with 9 other volunteers working with the Netball Development Trust. Jenny and Katrina were part of the group which traveled to Bungoma in Kenya and Lili went with the other half of the group to Fort Portal in Uganda.

Each group spent a week delivering netball to local primary schools culminating in a tournament on the Friday. The Kenya group also delivered sanitary pads to schools who are part of the programme, the Fort Portal group delivered training to local volunteers so they can continue to deliver netball in the community. The groups then reconvened in Jinja, Uganda for the second week, delivering to rural schools in the morning and city schools in the afternoon with a tournament at the end of the week.

Alongside this they delivered sessions on menstrual health awareness with local charity X-SUBA. The final few days were in a suburb of Kampala called Mukono, there they worked with local partner organisation Kip Livin On. They visited schools to deliver fun netball sessions, delivered a menstrual health session and ran a tournament. Throughout the week they were accompanied by young volunteers and local coaches who learned a lot from working with the group.

Over 23 days, 4 countries, 1000 children coached and 30+ local volunteers trained, they never stopped smiling.

To find out more about the trust http://www.netballtrust.co.uk/

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#wedNEWSday – Pre-Season Tournament was a hit

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This year’s preseason NSW Regional League tournament, played at Exeter University, was bigger than ever with 20 teams entered from across the four divisions, including six teams from the most recently formed of the divisions, Div 3 South.

Although billed as a friendly tournament the short-form matches were very competitive. Two of the quarter final matches had to be decided on golden goal after finishing level at the final whistle – Galmington beat Titans Thunder 10-9 and Saints managed to just hold off Premier Romans by 16-15.

 The format of the day’s play was almost as complicated as the new Nations Cup in football – the first stage was a round-robin with teams playing each other in their groups of five.  The top two in each group then proceeded to the quarter finals. From this stage on each losing team went into a play-off for position. The 3rd, 4th and 5th placed in the round robin stages then re-formed into groups to play each other to determine the positions 9-12,13-16 and 17-20.

The 3rd/4th play-offs between the losing semi-finalists resulted in a win for Galmington from Div 1, who held off Saints from Div 3S by just two goals.

The final saw a very strong Exeter A squad hold off a determined effort from a young Hucclecote Stars side and finish the day as champions. 

This year we were pleased to announce that there was something left over in the pot to reward the first three teams with a modest financial subsidy.  Next season we are considering sponsorship so if you know of anyone interested or a company who would like to be partnered with this event please contact the Regional Office.

Thanks must go to Team White (the umpires) who were magnificent as always and filled the breach when two of the umpires picked up injuries. We wish them a speedy recovery!

 

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#wedNEWSday – Chudleigh Cannon’s Grow

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Chudleigh Cannons Netball Club have grown into a friendly and inclusive club since they first started out under the back to netball initiative in Torbay in 2013. The club has a wide network of netball family supporting each other in general life as well as on match day! It’s amazing what netball can do for people!

So much so, that recently one of our players, Georgie Knight, got married and in true netball style our wedding gift to her and her husband was a netball, with their names and wedding date on. This just shows what a tight knit community Chudleigh Cannons are.

They met England Rose, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, at an event organised by the Teignmouth Thunderbirds. She was amazing and took them for an hour and a half session where they learnt a lot and are excited to pass on to the rest of the team! ‘It was lovely to get to chat with her after the session and we realised that whatever level of netball you play, you still have that wonderful netball family and break from real life much needed in today’s hectic world’.

They’re also helping one of the girls, Natalie Marsh, to run a charity tournament on 7th October, 10am-3pm in Paignton to raise money for the NICU at Plymouth and Special Care Baby Unit in Torbay. These are charities close to our hearts because Natalie’s son was born prematurely and has ongoing lung problems. The tournament is for mixed ability and gender with the hope of raising the profile of netball in the area as well as raise some money. If you would like to enter a team, then please see the details below:

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#wedNEWSday – u15’s head to Loughborough for 2018 School Games

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Tomorrow sees the start of the 2018 School Games at Loughborough University where Netball will make its first appearance. At this year’s School Games, 48 games will be played, which is 1,536 minutes of netball for our junior teams to get stuck into.

The event is made up of 12 teams from representation from the Netball Super league teams around the County and even Netball Scotland & Netball Northern Ireland. The games will last over 3 days and will feature 4 stages. All the details for the school games can be found here: https://www.schoolgamesfinals.org/sports/netball/

The two teams that will representing the South West have been announced. Team Bath 12 strong squad is as follows:

  • Rosie Barlett (Cornwall)
  • Isla May (Somerset)
  • Fabienne Bull (Cornwall)
  • Giselle Burnett (Dorset)
  • Daisy Collett (Avon)
  • Emily Cridland (Dorset)
  • Bethany Gummow (Cornwall)
  • Mya Hounsell (Somerset)
  • Maya Lane (Avon)
  • India Monllor (Avon)
  • Mahala Prince Jones
  • Charlotte Steer (East Devon)

They will be headed up by the Team Bath Netball Futures Pathway Coach Lois Rideout.

The Severn Stars squad is made up of 12 girls who have a vast range of experiences below:

  • Nadine Baird (Gloucestershire)
  • Isabelle Eaton
  • Ellie Gabriel (Gloucestershire)
  • Hannah Howl
  • Lily Jones (Jersey)
  • Mia Mathewson
  • Madeleine Mcleod
  • Katie Pauling (Gloucestershire)
  • Halee Robinson
  • Rudee Robinson
  • Emily Seymour-Perry
  • Georgina Thorp

Louisa-Jayne Walker is heading to the event as the Team Manager with the Severn Stars U15s.

Keep up to date with the latest scores on the School Games social media.

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#wedNEWSday – Walking Netball receives a big thank you!

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On Saturday 11th August a Walking Netball Tournament and Festival was held at Dorcan Recreation Complex to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Over £1000 was raised which will help to fund home adaptations, respite care and quality of life grants for local people within Wiltshire.

A special thank you was given from the North Wiltshire Group, Motor Neurone Disease Association to Mo Squires, her girls and visiting guests for their generous donations which helped their reach the amazing total.

Every donation makes a difference to a person living with MND. Motor Neurone Disease Association ensure that every pound they receive is spent carefully so that people affected by MND get the help they need, both now and in the future. Please below how the money will help.

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#wedNEWSday – SW shine at the 2018 NPL Tournament

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Netball South West was well represented during the 4 day 2018 NPL Tournament that took place at the University of Nottingham. Manchester Thunder (U17 and U21) and London Pulse (U19) were crowned champions at the tournament, however the success of our Team Bath and Severn Stars franchises had not gone unnoticed. The strength of both teams has shown they are big contenders for next years tournament.

The Netball South West Regional Management Board would like to thank all of Team White that attended from the SW for all their time and efforts in umpiring a number of games:

Michelle Easterbrook (U17’s 7/8th playoff)

Nicky Shard-Palmer (U17’s 7/8th playoff)

Debbie Ashworth (U17’s Semifinal)

Claire Daly (U19 7/8th Playoff)

Jenny Henwood (U17’s 5/6th playoff)

Adele Venner (U17’s 3/4th playoff)

Louise Cole (U17’s Final)

Rhian Edwards (U21’s Final)

A massive well to done to Louise and Rhian who were selected to umpire two finals in the tournament.

A special thank you to Judith Groves who was one of the EN Assessor’s, Les Thomas and Linda Mancini as Technical Officials throughout the tournament.

Please see all the round up on the event here

Each week we will be updating you on a good news story from the South West as part of our new wedNEWSday articles. If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to Laura Woodruff (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)