#wedNEWSday – Congratulations Teignbridge Titans

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Teignbridge Titans Netball Club U14 Regional Netball team managed to secure a place at the National Finals play offs after a great season in the South West Regional League where they have now qualified. This is the 3rd successive year a team from our club has qualified!

The squad of 15 girls were crowned County Champions back in September after playing some amazing netball against some strong local competition. This secured their place in the South West Regional League. After playing six of the seven rounds, their results have guaranteed them a place in the top four, meaning they qualify for the National Play offs held at Exeter University on the 31st March. The clubs U16 Regional squad are also doing well in their regional league currently in 4th place with one round left to play, they are prepared to give a good performance to stay in contention.

It is the second consecutive time that an under 14 team from the club have reached the play offs and now all their efforts will be focused being one the teams that represent at the U14s National Finals later in the year. U14 Coach Tonia Prowse is understandably proud: “Our team have played brilliantly throughout the regional rounds and really deserve their place in the National Finals, we will be working hard to make that happen”.

Our u16s Lovell Aztecs came 3rd in play offs to a very strong Hucclecote & Bath Cougars. Our girls are all a year young, so bring on next year!

The U14 Regional Squad (left to right) in the above picture:

Back row – Holly Hutchings, Caitlin Fee, Olivia Swift, Millie Evans, Jess Bennett (Co-Capt), Emily Churchill (Co-Capt), Faye Kinsella, Harriet Newman.

Bottom Row- Tally Bartholomew, Hannah Blease, Amy Cornish, Tammy Godbeer, Frankie Lobb.

Not in photo – Keryn Holtor, Tullulah Belgeonne

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#wedNEWSday – NSW States school round up 2019

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Over the last couple of months the state schools tournament in the South West have been taking place in the North, Mid & South of the Region.

The U13 State School tournament took place at the Oasis Academy in Bristol and saw lots of netball being played in the sunshine. The netball standard was high with Sheldon School pulling ahead in first and winning all of their games. Brimsham Green School was a close second only losing one game.


The U13 Mid Tournament saw a great opportunity for schools from Dorset and Wiltshire to play one another in matches that wouldn’t normally be part of their usual fixtures calendar. St Edwards pulled ahead winning all of their matches in the round robin tournament and Blandford School in second place. The day proved to be another lovely day to play netball outside.

 

The u13 South Tournament was hosted by Budehaven Community College and saw Penair win the tournament and Mounts Bay as the runners up in a close competition outside in the sunshine.

A big thank you to all the players, coaches, umpires, young leaders and the organiser Linda, for a great round of the u13 state school tournaments.

The u15 North Tournament proved to be a tight competition with Farmor School winning by 1 point ahead of Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School. The tournament took place at the Oasis Academy in Bristol with young leaders helping with the scoring and providing invaluable support.

Hosted by Parkstone Grammar in Poole the U15 Mid State School event saw Schools from Wiltshire and Dorset competing. Final results saw hosting school Parkstone Grammar as the winners and Queen Elizabeth School from Wimborne as the Runners Up.

 


The U15 South State School Tournament saw 12 teams from Cornwall and Devon being hosted by Budehaven Community College. Richard Lander School were the winners of the tournament with Devonport High as the runners up.

Congratulations to all the winners and the runners up, some great netball was seen. A massive thank you to the players, coaches, hosting schools, umpires and young leaders who help make these tournaments possible.

We hope you have enjoyed your netball season!

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#wedNEWSday – Undefeated Hucclecote storm to promotion

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Hucclecote Netball Club (HNC) Premier Squad have worked hard over the last 3 seasons to develop a squad that would eventually gain a place back in National Premier 1. The squad is a mix of experience along with up and coming youngsters who have worked their way through the club from our junior section.

At the start of the season they welcomed back to the club Eleanor Roberts and Paige Reed and newcomers Clare Jones, Chloe Cubello and Anna Lebe to HNC.

As a club they have developed strong links with Welsh Netball and Severn Stars which has really added depth to the squad. The 2018/19 12 player squad were versatile and offered options in all areas of the court which allowed them to counteract many styles of play that were faced.

Sam Cook was once again captain and provided leadership on court as well as some impressive interceptions. Her ability to bring out the best in the players around her was also key to a successful season. At the other end of court and co-captain, Rosie Allison displayed a shooting masterclass in every game hitting 100% in the final game.

The season started well with an undefeated run taking us into the Christmas break. They were challenged along the way with a close game against Essex Open who pushed all the way to a tight 3 goal win. After Christmas HNC remained focused on chasing down the league title. However, new challenges faced the team with the start of the Superleague season. With restrictions and key players unavailable for some games the remaining players really stepped up and proved that the squad had strength and depth.

For some games we had players out of position but each and every one put out performances that kept their campaign on track. The players supported each throughout the season and this was evident when they were 11 goals down against Clan in round 16. Not only did the 7 players on court pull the game back, the bench also played a key role in supporting during those tense final minutes.

The season saw Hucclecote unbeaten & gain promotion to Premier League Div 1.

The 2018/19 squad were:
Rosie Allison, Paige Reed, Eleanor Roberts, Beth Gabriel, Shona O’Dwyer, Anna Lebe, Lauren Hancock, Sarah Adams, Clare Jones, Lydia Jones, Ella Powell-Davis, Chloe Cubello and Sam Cook.

The Club are now looking forward to new challenges in Premier 1 next season. Pre-Season will start towards the end of July and continue until the start of the season.

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#wedNEWSday – U14 Play-off proves to be close competition

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On Sunday 31st March the regional U14 Play-Offs were held at the University of Exeter. After the end of the season, the top 4 teams in Division 1 played in a round-robin format to determine the top 2 teams to represent the South West Region at the National Finals. There was loud support for all teams in what turned out to be a closely contested competition.

Poole started the day strongly against Exeter opening up a large lead in their first match, but Exeter pulled it back to finish within 4 goals, losing only 28-24 and gaining a point.

On the adjacent court, Lovell Titans and Wimborne who finished the regular season in 2nd and 3rd places played each in a very close match which eventually finished in a draw.

 

The next round of matches went to form with Poole too strong for Wimborne, and Lovell Titans holding off a determined Exeter side.

Exeter played Wimborne in the final round, while Poole faced Lovell Titans and because of the earlier draw, the top 2 places were still up for grabs.

Both matches were closely contested finishing on the same score, with Poole holding off Lovell Titans, and Wimborne beating Exeter, both by 2 goals.

 

The final results eventually reflected the league places with Poole and Lovell Titans finishing winners and runner-up respectively. They both go to the national finals in Worcester on 25th and 26th May. Good luck to both teams from all at Netball South West.

Well done to all teams, and thanks go to the umpire team led by Debbie Ashworth, Umpire Coordinator and to all the supporters and volunteers.

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