#wedNEWSday – An Easter to remember for Wimborne NC

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During the Easter holidays, the Wimborne Netball Club (WNC) U13 Regional team celebrated the end of the season by heading off to Disneyland Paris to take part in the Study and Sport Netball Tour.  Mornings were spent in the Disney parks, with the afternoons taken up with match play and masterclasses from Superleague players.

Teams came from all over the UK to take part, from both clubs and schools.  The WNC team, playing in the U14 section, came third in their seeding matches on the first day so went onto play in the Shield Tournament on the final day.  The girls stormed through the quarter and semi-finals, narrowly losing out in the final. The tour was rounded off with an awards dinner where the girls were presented with their runners-up trophy from Surrey Storm’s, Mikki Austin. The whole squad had an incredible time. Netball and Disney – the perfect combination!

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#wedNEWSday – Avon based netballer listed on Bristol Active City’s Exceptional Contribution list

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Bristol Active City have recently released their Exceptional Contribution list, recognising community heroes and local legends who have made an outstanding contribution to community sport and physical activity, giving their time to enable others to get involved.

Netball South West’s Sue Anderson – Netball Coach, Captain of Airborne Netball Club and Back to Netball Area Coordinator – was one of those listed.

Read below to hear her story…

“I have always been involved in sport and played in both the netball and rounders teams at school.  When I left school I started to play handball and went to Germany with our team to play over there. Following that I got married and had 3 children so team sport was difficult for a while so I attended fitness sessions instead.  Then one day my sister asked me to play for her netball team as she was short and I have never looked back.

Since then I have become a Level 2 Netball Coach and a “B” Award Umpire. I run Airborne Netball Club that has 3 Senior  and 4 Junior teams. I have worked for Ashton Park School going into schools and coaching primary school children, then six years ago I was blessed and got a job with England Netball to get ladies back into netball.  It is a dream job and the thousands of ladies I have met has been unbelievable.  They are truly inspirational.

One of Airborne’s biggest achievements was getting into the Guinness Book of World records for playing Netball continuously for 56 hours, it was one of the best feelings ever, as part of this we raised £10,000 for 2 charities: Bristol Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research.”

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#wedNEWSday – Inaugural Severn Stars Super U16 County Tournament

Gloucestershire’s U16’s came second in the first Severn Stars Super U16 County Tournament last Saturday. The squad won against Staffordshire and Avon and a draw against Shropshire put them in the final against Worcestershire. A fab fast final with Worcestershire unfortunately resulted in their first loss of the day but still a fantastic team effort.  In addition, eight of the 12 girls have been offered places in the Nova Academy. A huge well done to Coach Kath Walker for all her hard work during the season.

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#wedNEWSday – Walking Netball Festival deemed a huge success

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Last Sunday saw the first Tri-counties Walking Netball Festival in the region.  The event took place at Bentham Country Club in Gloucestershire and 16 teams from counties in the north of the region entered.  Each team entered a squad of up to 10 ladies and played six games throughout the Festival.  The standard of play was incredibly high and even those non-competitive teams began to enquire after the score after their games!  Despite a very warm day, the teams really enjoyed themselves and were very generous with regards to the raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The overall winners of the day were Gloucestershire based Bentham WN who were undefeated throughout the Festival.

We’d like to thank the umpires again for their support on the day, as ever without them the event would have not been possible.

For Walking Netball sessions in your area, click here.

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#wedNEWSday NSW’s Regional U12 tournament

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Netball South West hosted a Regional U12 Tournament at Paignton Academy at the end of last month.  15 teams from five counties in the region played in some well contested games.

The Semi Finals saw Avon Team Bath (10) play Cornwall’s Penzance (6) then South Devon’s Teignbridge Titans Alpha (24) took on East Devon’s Carol Anne (4).  Team Bath and Teignbridge Titans Alpha saw their way to the finals with a win for TTNC 12 vs. 4.  Special thanks to local Dart Netball Club who supplied superb Young Leaders who ran the event and a tuck shop to cater for all the parent supporters.  And of course all the coaches, umpires and parents as without these guys we wouldn’t be playing netball.

Final results

1st                          Teignbridge Titans

2nd                         Team Bath

=3rd                       Penzance / Carol Anne Crystals

=5th                       Saints / Keinton

=7th                       Dart / Challengers

=9th                       Exeter / Plymstock

= 11th                    Randwick / Carol Anne Rubies

= 13th                    Hucclecote / Sidmouth

15th                       TTNC Apollo

Special thanks to local Dart Netball Club who supplied superb Young Leaders who ran the event and a tuck shop to cater for all the parent supporters.  And of course all the coaches, umpires and parents as without these guys we wouldn’t be playing netball.

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#wedNEWSday – Olveston Netball Club – Double Promotion!!!

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Olveston Netball Club (ONC) was originally formed in June 2010. It started as a village “Back to Netball” Club for the locals, the majority of whom had not played for many years (some since school).  The idea was just to get together each week to have fun and get fit, whilst enjoying a good team sport – it turned out to be a huge success with a good turn out every week.  Everyone quickly improved, and after playing many friendlies and a number of tournaments, in September 2011 it was decided to put forward a team to join the Avon Netball League. The first season was so enjoyable that ONC entered a second team to the league in September 2012.

Since 2012 ONC have been going from strength to strength and this weekend we celebrated our 1st and 2nd teams both becoming champions of their divisions and double club promotion!!!!

Our amazing coach Abbi Cosh and our incredible captains Nikki Tregenza and Vikki Layton have led us to this amazing double club promotion. Everyone has worked their socks off and being such brill team players and as a club we couldn’t be happier!!

Before our matches on Saturday (club pic):

After our matches and double club promotion

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#wedNEWSday – Nail-biting U14 Regional Play Offs

After an exciting netball season TTNC finished winners of the Netball South West Under 14 division 1 league.

They joined runners up Poole A, third place West Exe and fourth placed Bath Cougars in the Regional play offs at Paignton on Sunday 22nd April.

The games were so competitive and there was some brilliant netball on display.  It was West Exe who won the day, beating Poole 18-15, TTNC 23-20 and Cougars 24-19. The last game was Poole and TTNC who were drawn on points.  This proved to be the most exciting match of the day with Poole driving ahead in the first quarter but TTNC fighting back all the way closing to 21-21 as the whistle for time blew.  So a goal average decided the second team to go through to National Finals and it was TTNC who took it by the narrowest of margins.

What a brilliant day of netball and good luck to both West Exe and TTNC who will represent NSW at National Finals in Northumbria University on 26th/27th May.

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#wedNEWSday – WALKING NETBALL SCORES WITH DONATION FROM THE THATCHERS FOUNDATION

Keeping fit in later life and learning new sporting skills come together in Walking Netball, a sport that like many other walking sports is enjoying a growth in popularity.

The Trailblazers Ladies Walking Netball Club, based at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare, has received a donation from the Thatchers Foundation in support of the valuable work it does in helping women in their fifties and over rediscover sport and the health and social benefits that brings.

Many members of the club have played netball in earlier years, but now have taken up the sport again for varying reasons, from age related and health issues, recovery from surgery and of course, as a social activity.

Kelli Coxhead, Trustee of The Thatchers Foundation, went along to a Walking Netball session to present the club with a cheque for £800 which will help in ongoing costs, including the purchase of new sweatshirts and mesh bibs for the players.

“This is a really inspirational group, and The Thatchers Foundation is delighted to support them with the purchase of new kit,” says Kelli. “It was a real pleasure to meet the ladies of the netball team, they were so welcoming. It was great to see a group of women full of energy, enthusiasm camaraderie for the sport. Last time I put a bib on was at primary school and it bought back lots of happy memories of playing the sport. I hope when I reach 50 plus that I too will have their energy!”

Angela Bass, organiser of the Trailblazers Ladies Walking Netball says,

“The girls and I are thrilled with the donation from the Thatchers Foundation which makes such a difference to us, especially when we go to netball festivals.

“Our Walking Netball came about because a number of ladies in our 50+ Sports Club at Hutton Moor were unable to manage the full game of netball, so we decided to change our game to walking and since then our club has flourished.

“When England Netball took the game on, it started to be well publicised in the media and Trailblazers Walking Netball Club has grown from 8 to around 30 regular players.  These are a fantastic group of ladies who are all in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and although many have health issues, support and help each other.

Angela continues, “I love the game and am so proud of my group and to see the joy on the faces of those who thought their netball days were over. Being able to adapt the game so that everyone can join in has been interesting and it never ceases to make me smile to hear the laughter and see the friendships that have been made. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“We really appreciate the donation by The Thatchers Foundation which has enabled us to purchase much needed new kit for our members, enabling us to foster team spirit and a sense of pride at our training sessions and at competitive matches.”

There’s growing enthusiasm for walking sport and in particular netball, as it can be played by people of any age and of any fitness level. It has all the enjoyment of regular netball, just played at a slower pace. Members who played netball at school, or even in their twenties with a club, have never forgotten the fun they had and have embraced the opportunities the group brings.

The club, which is recognised by England Netball, has been running for two and a half years and has players from the Weston super Mare, Locking and Winscombe areas. They meet every Thursday 1-2pm at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre and welcome anyone who wants to come and give it a try.

The Thatchers Foundation helps and supports community and charitable activities, in the areas of Health, Social or Economic Disadvantage, Education, Environment.  Since the Foundation firmly believe in supporting its local community, applications relating to projects and individuals in Sandford, Winscombe and adjoining towns and villages are favoured.

For more information about the Foundation, or if you’d like to make a request for a grant, please visit:

www.thatcherscider.co.uk/thatchers-charitable-foundation/

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#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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