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Rain doesn’t stop play at the South West round of the National Schools competition

On what must have been the wettest Saturday of the winter, Netball South West held the regional schools’ finals at the Sir David English Sports Centre in Bournemouth on 27th January. Despite the weather, the newly refurbished courts held up well, and some exciting netball was seen by hundreds of spectators who braved the elements to support their school teams.

Teams taking part were representing Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire

Forty two teams, across three age groups (U14, U16 and U19), took court to battle it out for the two qualifying places up for grabs in each age group. With teams taking part having qualified as winners or runners up from their respective county finals, the standard of this year’s competition was as high as ever.

The winners and runners-up in each age group (detailed below), will now qualify to represent the South West Region at the National finals:

Under 14

St Peters School, Devon

Taunton School, Somerset

Under 16

Canford School, Dorset

Marlborough College, Wiltshire

Under 19

Exeter College, Devon

Hartpury College, Gloucestershire

The event was supported by a team of 29 umpires, alongside court managers and umpire mentors led by Judith Groves (ex-International Umpire) and Janice Treasure (A award umpire). We are grateful to all for their efforts on a particularly challenging day.


The Umpire of the Tournament award went to Claire Daly, with Dan Racey as the Most Promising Umpire, both from Wiltshire.

Young Volunteers from Blandford School kept the event running smoothly


Karen Jones, NSW Regional Chair, thanked the Schools organising group of Pam Telford, Danny Neill, Pat Salter, Steve Richmond, and Les Thomas for all their hard work in organising and managing the event, with additional help from Linda Dyer and Sylvie Neill on the day.

We wish the qualifying schools good luck at the National finals which will be held on Saturday 17th March in Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire).

Full results:

U14 Results 2018

U16 Results 2018

U19 results 2018

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