#wedNEWSday – Local Netballer performs on National Stage

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

Taunton Netball Club’s very own Lauren Knight successfully trialled for the AoC Netball Colleges Team this season. Her season is going from strength to strength, playing against Northern Ireland Under-17s and Under 21s at the weekend.

 

The team had two fabulous wins with 50+ goal difference to beat Northern Ireland U17’s 77-27 and a 40+ goal difference against Northern Ireland U21s winning 67-27.

 

Having played superbly in the games, WD Lauren was awarded Coaches player and players’ player. A brilliant achievement for a Somerset rising netball player.

 

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#WedNEWSday – Devon host first Walking Netball & Back to Netball Festival

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

At the end of January, Walking Netball and Back to Netball teams from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset met at Hele’s School in Plymouth for the first Walking Netball and Back to Netball festival in Devon.

The Walking Netball competition saw 8 teams competing in 2 groups of 4.  After the group rounds, BBs were in the lead in 1st place and Mayflowers were 2nd in group 1 and in group 2, Yeovil were 1st and Saltash in 2nd place. This meant that the two semi-finals games were between BBs v Saltash & Mayflowers v Yeovil.

Both Yoevil and Slatash from group 2 won their respective semi-final games with the final a replay of the previous group game with the outcome almost identical, Yeovil winning by 8 goals to 2 (the group result was 8-3) . BBs and Mayflowers played off for 3rd and 4th place with BBs taking 3rd place in a close contest by 7 goals to 6!

 

The Back to Netball competition was formed of 6 teams playing a round robin tournament where all teams played each other once. There was a variety of experience within the tournament ranging from the Wonford Warriors who had only just completed 10 weeks of back to netball to Montys Magpies, UTN Sound Financial and Saltash Clovers who have all started league netball recently. It was a reverse of the Walking Netball results with Saltash Clovers coming out on top with Yeovil in 2nd place.

Well done to all who took part & it was a great day of netball with lots of laughs and fun being had across the generations with players aged from 20 to 70+!

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#wedNEWSday – Bournemouth Netball Head to the Quad Series to support Geve

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Bournemouth Netball Club attended the recent Quad Series to see former player and England Netball’s Commonwealth Gold Medallist Geva Mentor in action.

More than 100 members including some of our youngest members aged just six through to some of the oldest members aged over 60 were in attendance.

Club coach Hanna Butler gave a special shout-out to club chairman Jackie Berry. Jackie established the club back in 1986 as a single team and has grown the club to over 300 members, 160 juniors and 150 adults.

Hanna said: “We are truly grateful for the time and effort Jackie puts in to Bournemouth Netball Club and without volunteers like her we simply wouldn’t have a club.”

BNC were delighted to take part in the half time activities which included forming two teams, named Team Geva and Team Mentor as a tribute to our former club member.

Hanna added “It was a wonderful day, and we didn’t get home to Bournemouth on our double decker coach until 11pm. Most of the girls were up bright and early to travel to Salisbury the next day for their league fixtures. No rest for future netball superstars!”

BNC are an inclusive grassroots club. Their main aim to get as many people playing netball as possible. We welcome girls from 6 – 16 in our junior club, of all abilities, some who follow pathways to the top like Geva, and some who just play for recreation. We have 13 teams in our local adult league, many of whom started as juniors and now continue to play as adults. We have a massive emphasis on netball being a game for life, and want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to play and continue to play.

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