#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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#WedNEWSday – Exciting quarters make for a thrilling U16 play-offs!

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Last weekend saw the finals of U16 Division 1 and Divisions 2 being held at Gloucester University’s new sports centre on the Oxstalls Campus on Sunday March 24th.

The top 4 clubs in a Division 1 were playing off for an opportunity to proceed to the National Finals in Redbridge on 4th & 5th May.

There were some amazing matches and it was the final matches which produced the most exciting finales. The 3rd and 4th play-off saw the lead change from one quarter to the next but it was TTNC Aztec who clinched the win over West Exe in the last quarter 34-31.

The 1st and 2nd play-off was equally exciting in the opening half with Bath Cougars holding Hucclecote Dragons to an 11-11 all draw in the first quarter and a narrow gap at half time. As the game progressed Hucclecote demonstrated their class under pressure and gradually took control winning and becoming Division 1 League Champions 36-20.

Hucclecote and Bath Cougars Will now represent the South West at National Finals. For Hucclecote this is one of many visits and for Bath Cougars a first time experience.

Hucclecote Dragons

Bath Cougars

The U16 Division 2 Leagues was split into North and South this season and the play-offs saw the top two teams from each division come to compete in the Regional Finals and experience a central venue environment.

The final game of the day proved to be the decider with Challengers Flares from the North beating North Dorset, also from the North Division, 36-27, with Plymouth Firebirds attaining 3rd place and Taunton coming 4th.

Challengers Flares

North Dorset

A massive thanks to the umpires on the day and to Linda Dyer for all her organisation for the day and the whole season.

The South West wish the best of luck to both teams heading to the National Finals!

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#WedNEWSday – Exciting changes for England Netball membership in 2019!

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As you may have seen there are some exciting changes coming up for the England Netball membership in 2019.

England Netball are now simplifying the membership process and extending the support on offer. This includes:

🔸The introduction of individual sign up through a new membership system – from 2019 all club members will affiliate directly to England Netball. Hopefully this will remove the burden of affiliation processing at the start of the season for many clubs. To make it really easy for clubs the system can also collect your fees at the same time if you would like! We know this is a big change but don’t worry we’ll be talking to you a lot more about this over the coming months and making sure we design the system so you can see at the click of a button who still needs to pay!

🔸The removal of minimum club fees – Many clubs have told us that having to pay for a minimum of 10 members is a barrier to participation and a cost too high for some people. We’ve listened and decided to remove this requirement from next season

🔸Simplification of membership fee structure – There are currently over 1,400 different membership options dependent on age, location and the number of clubs someone plays for. We will be simplifying this so that it is easy for individuals to understand what they need to pay

🔸Launch of League Registration – England Netball will formally engage and offer a support package for affiliated leagues including a league management system and customisable website

These changes are designed to improve the experience for everyone and are planned to come into place during the summer of 2019 ahead of the 2019/20 membership season.

We are holding workshops across the region to introduce you to the changes and explain the benefits of the new NetbALL Connected system. All the details will be going to your club contacts tomorrow. To book onto your nearest workshop visit the England Netball website below: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/m…/netball-connected-clubs/

All the details of the workshops in the south West are here:

30/04/2019
Devizes Leisure Centre, Southbroom Rd, Devizes SN10 5AB

20.30-21.30 – NetbALL Connected

09/05/2019
England Netball South West Regional Office, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership, Castle Road, Chelston Business Park, Wellington, TA21 9JQ

16.00-17.15 – NetbALL Connected
17.45 -19.00 – New U11 Product
19.30-20.45 – NetbALL Connected

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the South West Regional Office or bring your questions to the NetbALL Connected workshop!

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#wedNEWSday – Penny falls in love with Walking Netball

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We know that there are a lot of individuals who have fallen in love with netball since participating in Walking Netball. Penny Pearkes is no different.

Penny is a Walking Netball participant from Devon and our Netball Development Officer, Jenny Kelly caught up with her about her experience of playing netball for the FIRST time, having been talked into attending a session by a relative in September 2018.

‘I’d never played netball at school, but took up Walking Netball at the age of 61 and even had the confidence to play in a Netball Festival in Plymouth within a few months. I find going to the gym on my own rather dull and lonely. This is a fun way of getting exercise within a group in a relaxed, happy atmosphere.  You can take a rest if you are getting tired and no one minds.  We always have a chat over a cuppa afterwards.  We are all ages, sizes and abilities.  The time goes really quickly and you feel great for having made the effort to exercise.  In fact, whilst enjoying learning the skills of this sport I completely forget about my arthritic knees as I am concentrating so much on getting free to catch the ball and pass it on to my team mates.  I am on the move for a whole hour and feel I could do more.  So much so, I have signed up for 2 more classes a week.  Some might say I have become addicted!’

If you are inspired by Penny’s story and would like to try Walking Netball, please find your nearest session here: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/netball-sessions/ or you can contact your local Netball Development Officer. All their contact details can be found here: https://netballsouthwest.co.uk/in-my-county/

 

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#WedNEWSday – Sue is swapping the netball court for the road

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Our very own Sue Anderson, Bristol’s Netball Development Community Coach, is running the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Leukaemia UK.

On New Year’s Eve 2018, Sue’s mum passed away after having a battle with Leukaemia. Sue said ‘Her mum was diagnosed in January 2017 with Leukaemia, she was so poorly that we were told she may not survive the week but my mum is not one for giving up and battled for 7 weeks when we finally got to take her home.’

‘She slowly got back on her feet but was always pretty weak, having a constant 28 day cycle of chemo where she would have to have two injections a day into her tummy for 10 days then get 18 off. With everything she went threw she never moaned once, just let the doctors and nurses do what they had to do.’

‘She is my true inspiration and so I decided to run the London marathon to raise money for Leukaemia. She was over the moon with the idea. Unfortunately on the 20th December last year she was rushed back into hospital and the disease had spread to her brain and she passed away 11 days later on New Year’s Eve.’

‘The pain in my heart will not subside but I am more determined than ever that I will run this race and raise as much money as I can in her memory.’

If you are inspired by Sue’s story and would like to donate then please use the link to do so: https://UK.virginmoneygiving.com/susananderson18.

Good luck Sue from all at Netball South West!

 

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#wedNEWSday – Bournemouth University Netball is going strong

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Campus Sport Netball at Bournemouth University is continuing to grow and develop, with more people wanting to join the opportunities available throughout the year. They have something for everyone, regardless of their ability level and they attract a good variety of people, which is brilliant. Everyone is more than welcome to join the Campus Sport Netball Club.

Throughout the sessions there is the opportunity for people to try out their own drills if they wish as well as ask any questions they may have; whether it be about the rules or where they are allowed to go on court depending upon their position. Bournemouth University has two Campus League Netball teams entered into a local league organised by Bournemouth and Poole College. One of the Bournemouth University social teams won the league for the third year running, this is a great achievement for the team and each week they are getting stronger and stronger.

They offer Campus Social Sport sessions for those who are completely new to the sport. These are led by Campus Sport Activators, Student Volunteers, who run the sessions to boost their CV and develop their experience of organising University sport. Between the Social Sport, Club and League strands they are able to offer a variety of opportunities for netball within the Campus Sport programme.

In addition, they have done promotional shoot-out competitions in our Courtyard, which help raise awareness of netball further. This year they are sending a team to the England Netball SHOTS competition in March, which the students always enjoy participating in and playing against other universities. They would like to thank England Netball for their support with the UNO role.

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#wedNEWSday – Local Netballer performs on National Stage

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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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