Fresh from being crowned champions of the Gloucestershire Netball County League, Gloucester Ladies travelled to UWE Bristol today to take part in the play-offs to enter South West Regional League division 3.
The play-offs were a round-robin tournament against six other teams from the south west region. Their first match against Whitchurch (Avon) was a 15-15 draw, followed by another draw 10-10 against Raychem (Wiltshire).
Having finished in first place in Division 1 of the South West U16 Regional League, it was up to Hucclecote Panthers to prove themselves in the play-offs to get to the national finals last Sunday.
Their U14 team mates had already secured their place in nationals almost a month before, finishing second in the South West U14 Finals at Bath University on 21st March.
Panthers, who are sponsored by Peter Hickman Hairdressers, also played their final play-off matches at Bath University, against the other top three clubs in their league.
Only the top two teams from play-offs would earn a place at the nationals, but having won all 12 league matches this season, Panthers went into the South West play-offs as favourites and certainly showed why - winning all three matches on the day by a comfortable margin.
“This was an awesome display of netball at the highest of level,” commented Coach Gilly Salter, “thanks must go to the very supportive management team and to the parent volunteers for their support throughout, and particularly to Sarah Taylor, Team Manager who has completed a sterling role this season.”
Summer League 2015 starts on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday evenings from w/c 27th April for approx. 10 weeks.
Entries must be received by 15th April so don't delay if you haven't entered yet!
Teams will be entered on a first come first served basis. We can cater for 8 teams on each night. If demand exceeds that more slots will be added.
Teams don't have to use affiliated players for Summer league so this might be a good opportunity to extend the reaches of your club!
Starting this April
A brand new Netball Little League for Children in years 4, 5 & 6.
Starting after Easter, Tuesday April 14, England Netball, GCNA with Gilly Salter Sports are running coaching sessions for children years 4, 5 & 6. The sessions are designed to offer fun filled coaching with qualified coaches giving the children some great experience and the opportunity to improve their skills and enjoy some fun High 5 game play too
The groups will be seperated into teams to play games on the day.
You do NOT need to be in a team or enter as a team to participate, this is open to individual children, we will offer coaching followed by some fun match play at the end of the sessions.
Session 1 4:30 - 5:30pm Age 7-9
Session 2 5:30 - 6:30pm Age 9-11
Where: Bentham Country Club GL3 4UD
When: starts Tues 14th, for 6 weeks
Download Booking forms below by age of your child, for any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
With their A teams having already qualified for the south west regional competition, Old Chelts U14 B team won the county tournament at Bentham on Sunday 22 March, beating off strong competition from Challengers who only lost out to the champions on goal average.
Their U16 B team also had a great day coming runners-up to Stroud Hornets in the Under 16 tournament.
Full results are available for download on the Juniors web page