#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/

#WEDNEWSDAY – DORSET SATELLITE ACADEMIES – END OF SEASON TOURNAMENT

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles. Make sure you check out our website each week to keep up to date and if you have a great story let us know using the details below!

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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#wedNEWSday – NSW U15 State School Tournaments 2018

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Between 13th-15th March 2018, twenty-seven U15 teams from state schools all across the South West took part in our 3rd Annual U15 State School Competition.

As per previous years, three events were held – a north, mid and south competition – with each event being run by young leaders from the respective host schools

We are pleased to congratulate the following winners:

U15 North

Hosted by Oasis Academy Brislington – Bristol

Winners = Farmors School – Gloucestershire

Runners Up = Katherine Lady Berkeley – Avon

 

U15 Mid Event

Hosted by The Blandford School

Winners = The Blandford School – Dorset 

Runners Up = Parkstone Grammar – Dorset 

U15 South

Hosted by Torquay Girls School

Winners = St Peter’s – Devon 

Runner Up = Sidmouth School – Devon

 

Special thanks to all host schools (Oasis Academy Brislington, Warminster School & Torquay Grammar School) and their young leaders who have helped to make all three events a success.

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#wedNEWSday: Cornwall’s NDO wins National Conference headdress award

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England Netball had their annual all staff conference at the start of this month. It was a two day conference and each staff member was tasked with creating a headdress for the evening do. Cornwall’s NDO, Fern, decided to create something not only on trend but on brand too.

With her husband being a big table tennis player, he was all for Fern using some of his redundant table tennis balls within her creation which were subsequently painted and branded. The ever resourceful Fern had all the materials at home with the exception of the wire which cost her a grand total of £1.98! She started the creation the Friday before the Conference and it took her a few hours over the weekend to create her masterpiece.

Well done Fern, you did the South West region proud.

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St Peter’s soar to Second Place at Nationals

On Saturday, schools from the South West made the trip to Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire for the U14 National Finals.

St Peters High School (Exeter, Devon) did exceptionally well and lost by 1 goal in the Under 14 Final, so congratulations to you on your achievement.

A big thank you and well done to the Southwest umpires who made the trip to support the tournament and did really well in arctic conditions.  Claire, Nicky and Debbie all got to umpire the Semi Finals, Julia got an U19 3/4 play-off final, with Jenna and Lou umpiring the U14 final.

A massive thank you to all the umpires, teachers, parents and players who supported this fantastic event.

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#wedNEWSday stories – NSW U13 State School Tournaments 2018

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Between 6th – 8th March 2018, twenty-five U13 teams from state schools all across the South West took part in our 3rd Annual U13 State School Competition.

As per previous years, three events were held – a north, mid and south competition – with each event being run by young leaders from the respective host schools

We are pleased to congratulate the following winners:

U13 North

Hosted by Oasis Academy Brislington – Bristol

Winners = Farmors School – Glou

Runners Up = Colston’s girls School – Bristol

U13 Mid Event

Hosted by Kingdown School Warminster

Winners = Lavington School – Wiltshire

Runners Up = The Blandford School – Dorset

U13 South

Hosted by Torquay Girls School

Winners = Penryn Cornwall

Runner Up = Tein School – Devon

 

 

Special thanks to all host schools (Oasis Academy Brislington, Warminster School & Torquay Grammar School) and their young leaders who have helped to make all three events a success.

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Mo Squires: Torch Trophy Trust Award 2018

Following our recent #wedNEWSday article we are delighted to congratulate Mo Squires on being awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the recent Torch Trophy Trust Awards that took place at the Army and Navy Club in London on Wednesday 7th February.

 

Mo had been invited to the event to receive recognition for her continued hard work and dedication to netball. More specifically cited was Mo’s contribution to the development and delivery of Walking Netball (both locally and nationally) and to her commitment to the Swindon Vixens – a specific netball club designed to engage and support young women with learning disabilities to access netball.

In addition to this recognition, Mo was chosen from 20 exceptional volunteers across a whole range of sports to win the overall award for volunteering in sport.

Mo Squires winner of overall Torch Trophy Trust award 2018 with Sheila Piper and Sir Trevor Brooking

With her citation read by Sir Trevor Brooking and receiving her award from the Duke of Gloucester – Mo’s years of service to Netball were rightly honoured.

Mo was totally shocked after being awarded the overall award, “Recognition doesn’t come easily to me. There are many thousand volunteers giving hundreds of thousands of hours each year to sporting organisations throughout the UK. Without these volunteers I think many sports would struggle to survive let alone develop and prosper.”

Despite openly admitting that being recognised at these events was not ‘her thing’, Mo confidentally chatted with pride to other award winners and celebrities and true to form Mo didn’t let a fundraising opportunity go by and left the event clutching two signed netballs – Sir Trevor Brooking and Sir Bobby Charlton – for her yet another netball fundraiser later on this year.

A truly exceptional netballer.

Mo meeting Sir Bobby Charlton

 

Netball South West would once again like to congratulate Mo on deservedly being recognised at this prestigious event and thank her for her continued commitment to netball in our region!

#wedNEWSday: Gilly Salter presented Honary Life Membership at South West Superleague thriller

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Monday 26th February 2018, not only saw an incredibly close clash between local South West Superleague rivals, Team Bath and Severn Stars, but fittingly it also saw former Netball South West President, Gilly Salter, presented with her England Netball Honary Life Member award.

Gilly has made a huge impact on netball in both the South West and Nationally, not only representing England as a player, but also having been head coach at Hucclecote NC since 1988 and a regional scout since 1999. Gilly continues to support the growth of netball and has more recently been at the forefront of Walking Netball delivery in Gloucestershire, supporting ladies to rediscover their love for our sport after years away from the court.

It was amongst some of these Walking Netballers and a number of the netball family from Gloucestershire that Gilly was presented her award by Anita Navin in the VIP area of the Superleague event on Monday evening. Alongside this, Gilly was also asked to present the Player of the Match Award following the ‘edge of your seat’ match which saw visitors, Team Bath, win by just 1 goal (48-47)

Netball South West are incredibly proud of all that Gilly has achieved and continues to achieve for the local and wider world of netball.

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