Each week we bring you a good news story from the South West, this week we caught up with North Dorset Netball Club U14’s Coach, Channon, to get an insight into the team’s first season in the South West U14 regional league…

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North Dorset’s youngsters relishing the challenge of regional netball

Following a highly competitive seeding tournament in October (which saw 18 of the top South West U14 teams come together), North Dorset Netball Club found themselves drawn into Division 2 in what was set to be their first ever season competing in the regional league. The tough seeding tournament, had left the Blandford based club unsure about whether to continue in the regional league, but the club decided to take the leap and pushed forwards to take on the challenge. Long training sessions and hours and hours of planning followed, but the players and coaches felt ready to test themselves.

Finally the first match day arrived, the girls were very excited and prepared for a fight against Somerset based, Yeovil. The game was end to end for a full 60 minutes and with fresh legs on the bench, the team was thrilled to have secured their first ever region win winning 31-28!

The team were well aware that their second match (vs Hucclecote) was likely to be a tough one, and although Hucclecote grasped an early lead, the NDNC girls fought right to the end. Despite losing the game (13-33), the team now had lots to take away and work on.

Full of optimism from hard work at training, their third match was the team’s first away game to Swindon to play Pinehurst. After a very strong start, tired legs forced the team to make some changes and whilst Pinehurst eventually pulled away (17-25), this was a great chance to try out some different combinations and expose players to top level netball.

NDNC’s last match of 2017 saw them travelling away (through the snow!), to current top of the table, Team Bath.  The players relished the chance to challenge themselves and their opposition, and despite facing another loss (13-32), the team showed determination and team work throughout the game.

So North Dorset Netball Club finished the first half of the season with four losses and one win under their belts. Channon and the girls are the first to admit it’s been tough at times but are learning at every step of the way and have loved being able to have the chance to regularly test themselves against the best teams from across the region, in the newly expanded U14 league!

NDNC would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and umpires for all of their support venturing into the unknown. Roll on 2018…

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