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Performance Athletes put their skills to the test in South West Match Play Day

There was no half term break for over 90 performance pathway netballers, who came together to play one another in a match play day in Bristol at the weekend (10th February 2017).

Hosted by Avon Netball Association at Clifton College, Counties were invited to enter teams in both Satellite Academy (U14) and County Academy (U16) competitions, aimed at providing the young players the opportunity to play their peers from other counties and to put in to practice what they have been learning at their respective academies.

The 13 teams (from Avon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire) were all made up of netballers who are currently part of the Performance Pathway Academies in their respective county, and as such, the standard of netball on show was very high.

The County Academy (U16) competition, made up of 5 teams, played a round robin competition that saw Avon 1 named as winners, winning all of their games throughout the event.

Winners of the County Academy competition: Avon 1

Final standings for County Academy competition:

Avon 1

Wiltshire 1

Avon 2

Wiltshire 2

Gloucestershire 1

Alongside the County competition, the Satellite Academy (U14) competition saw 8 teams (divided into 2 pools) play one another to qualify for play off games at the end of the day.

Satellite Academy (U14) competition winners: Dorset 1

An incredibly close 1st and 2nd play off game between Avon 3 and Dorset 1, very nearly went to extra time, but Dorset 1 kept hold of the game to win the match (and the competition) by 2.


Satellite Academy (U14) Runners Up: Avon 3

Final standings for County Academy competition:

Dorset 1

Avon 3

Glos 3

Glos 4

Avon 5

Avon 6

Wiltshire 4

Wiltshire 3

Avon Netball would like to thank all the coaches, volunteers and parents who supported the young players in attending the event. A huge thanks also goes to the umpires who oversaw the games and the umpire mentors who took time to support the developing umpires also in attendance.

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