wedNEWSday: Net 10 for Life 2017 in memory of much missed League Secretary

Each week we bring you a good netball news story from across the South West and this week is no different. wedNEWSday this week brings you a great story of how one league has used the Net 10 for Life campaign to honor a dear friend and raise a huge amount of money. Make sure you check back each wedNEWSday for more great stories from across the region.

Net 10 for Life 2017 in memory of much missed League Secretary                           

Net 10 for life had more meaning than ever for the Exeter and District Netball league this year as, unfortunately; we lost our dear friend and hard working Secretary, Wendy Thorpe.

The league decided to have specially made T-shirts in memory of Wendy and what an uptake we had! Throughout the two weeks we had over 20 teams wearing them with pride.

We were joined on the first day by John Thorpe and his daughter Mel to help kick start the campaign which was an emotional but very fitting start. Over the fortnight we raised a total of £1473.23 – a truly amazing amount and we know Wendy will be proud of all the teams.

The Exeter and District Netball league committee would like to thank all members of the league and Wendy’s family for their support throughout – this total would not have been possible without you.

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Regional U16 play off finals

The regional under 16 club finals were held on Sunday 26th March at Clifton College, Bristol, between the top 4 teams in Division 1 in the regional under 16 league – Hucclecote (Gloucs), Team Bath (Avon), Team Jets (Jersey) and TTNC Spartans (East Devon).

Teams played in a round-robin format which was extremely closely contested, with Hucclecote winning all their matches and being crowned both Division 1 and overall regional champions.  There was very little to separate the other three teams who all finished with 8 points each, and the overall runner-up was finally declared on goal average to be TTNC Spartans.

Hucclecote and Spartans will represent Netball South West at the National U16 club finals to be held on 29th and 30th April at Redbridge School in Essex. Good luck to both teams!

The full set of results can be found here: 2017 Play off finals Results Table

U16 Regional Champions, Hucclecote

Goalden Globes 2017…NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!

It’s Goalden Globes time!!

England netball are pleased to announce the nominations for the 2017 Goalden Globe awards are now OPEN!!

Do you have a volunteer that you wish to thank?

Can you think of someone who deserves to be recognised for the outstanding contribution they have made to making netball happen?

Make sure you complete a nomination form so all the hard work and achievements of our fantastic volunteers can be recognised and rewarded!

Regional Goalden Globe Awards

**The deadline for this year’s nominations is 1st May 2017**

Each region will chose a regional winner for each of the below 8 categories.

The regional winners will be announced at the South West Regional Goalden Globes which will be held on Sunday 18th June 2017make sure you save the date NOW!

Each regional winner will then be put forward for the National Award, which will be announced at the National Goalden Globe Awards in September 2017. Last year we had a huge 5 National Winners and would love to replicate that success again in 2017!

Goalden Globe Award Categories

Before nominating please refer to the Goalden Globes 2017 Nomination Information Pack. It is filled with lots of useful hints and tips in regards to completing the correct nomination form.

Specific nomination forms should be completed for each award category and emailed to Sam Kemp at

The categories are:

National Awards

Nominations are also open for 2 National Awards that will be presented at the National Goalden Globes in September.

The Rose Award and National Long Service Award are not presented at a Regional level; all nominations should be made using the specific nomination forms above for each award and returned directly to: Or via Post: England Netball, C/O Goalden Globes, Netball House, 1-12 Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2JR.

Closing date for all nominations is 1st May 2017 so don’t delay – nominate today!!

wedNEWSday: How I overcame my allergy to sport

Have you missed us?!

Unfortunately due to some major IT issues we, along with the whole of England Netball, have been unable to access our work emails, folders or the internet (for some parts) over the last couple of weeks. This means that we have missed 2 wedNEWSday’s but hopefully we will make it up with a great story this week! We do apologise for not posting anything and not replying to any emails that you may have sent. If you are still waiting for a reply to an email from any of the team please just resend it to us as we may never have actually received it!

This week’s good news story is about how Walking Netball has changed one person’s perception on sport as a whole! Each wedNEWSday we will bring you a great netball story from across the whole of the South West so make sure you check back each week for your netballing good news fix!

 How I overcame my allergy to sport

“Until recently I had a total aversion to sport, both playing and watching it. Memories of numb fingers and freezing bare legs on the school hockey pitch, added to the shame of always being last to be picked for netball, put me off it for life. Once I left school I never felt the urge to participate in sport again and, at the age of 53, I didn’t imagine that l ever would. All that changed recently when I discovered Walking Netball. I was persuaded into giving it a go by some friends but thought I would hate it as much as I did at school but now I’m an addict and try never to miss a session.

You don’t need to know anything about netball before you attend, all levels of fitness and expertise are catered for, and all ages and sizes are welcomed (I write as someone who is definitely built for comfort, not for speed!). The age range of the group so far ranges from 20s to 70s with a collective objective to get a bit fitter and have some fun. It’s also very sociable and you’re welcome to stick around for a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. First session is free and then it costs £3.50 per session. It takes place at 5pm on Tuesday evening at Crewkerne Sports Centre (Wadham School) and a Wednesday night session is planned for Chard starting at 6pm (start date to be confirmed). So any ladies out there looking for a new way to get fit or meet new people, why not give it a go – you might surprise yourselves!”

A huge thank you to Charlotte Revely, who kindly shared her story of how Walking Netball has changed her views on netball and sport. If you would like to attend either of the sessions mentioned above, or across Somerset, and start feeling the benefits of Walking Netball alongside Charlotte please contact Amy Wiltshire, Somerset Netball Development Officer (, for more information.

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NSW U12 Regional Tournament 2017

The 4 court indoor netball venue at Paignton Academy saw Netball South West host their first U12 Regional Competition on Sunday 19th March.

14 teams played in a friendly but competitive environment.

Final section stages saw Teignbridge Titans (Devon) and Wimborne NC (Dorset) as section winners then Saints (Cornwall) and Poole Gems (Dorset) as runners up.

Then followed some exciting playoffs – Poole Gems beat other local Dorset team 16-9 to win semi 1 and local Devon team Teignbridge Titans beat Cornwall Saints 10-5 in semi 2

A nail biting final resulted in extra time and then goalden goal seeing Dorset Poole Gems just nudge ahead 11-10 against Devon Teignbridge Titans

Final Positions

1st = Poole Gems (Dorset)

2nd = Teignbridge Titans (East Devon)

= 3rd Wimbourne NC (Dorset) + Saints (Cornwall)

= 5th Plymouth Pilgrims ( West Devon)+  Huccelcote (Glou)

= 7th Exmouth (EastDevon) + Kingsbridge ( West Devon)

= 9th Sidmouth Netball Club (East Devon) + Exeter Netball Club (EastDevon)

=11th Dart Netball Club (EastDevon) + Devizes Netball Club (Wiltshire)

=13th Honiton Netball Club (East Devon) +  West Exe (East Devon)

wedNEWSday: Bournemouth U14s are unstoppable!

wedNEWSday is here! Make sure you check out the website and social media each week to get more great stories just like this one about Bournemouth U14s who keep going from strength to strength. If you have any good news stories about netball from across the South West make sure you send them to us (with a picture) at the details below!

Bournemouth U14s are unstoppable!

Bournemouth under 14s are celebrating a series of excellent results in their first season in the Open Senior Bournemouth Netball League. They have come top of division 11 and runners up in the American and Versatility Tournaments.  They are looking forward to receiving their awards at the upcoming BNA Presentation Evening.

Well done to all the players and their coaches Jackie Berry and Linda Cutler. The girls have been playing together since under 9 High Fives and are looking forward to the new summer season ahead and promotion.

Players: Holly Jones, Louise Galloway, Maria Thompson, Eva Pears, Abigail Scott, Rhianna Sainval Freya Cutler, Lucy Whiting.

The girls are also giving back to netball by coaching the younger players at the club and umpiring at their school H5 tournaments.

Well done to all and good luck for the new season 🙂

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