The King’s Junior School are crowned School Games County High 5 Champions

The King’s Junior School

Each of the five district High 5 winners came together to compete in the Gloucestershire School Games County High 5 Netball Final last Thursday (3 May 2012) at Bentham Country Club.

The King’s Junior School, representing Gloucester, won three games and drew their fourth in the round-robin competition to be crowed the School Games County High 5 Champions.

Natalie Coates, Games Teacher at The King’s Junior School, said “I am very proud of the High 5 netball team for winning both the Gloucester and County 2012 Netball Tournaments. They are a very talented group of children who have trained and played hard throughout the season.”

Thrilling Per Ardua and Bateman Shield Finals

Upton vs Randwick (photo credit: Patrick Sullivan)

Last Saturday saw four teams clash in the finals of Gloucestershire's Bateman Shield and Per Ardua competitions, held at Bentham Country Club. Throughout these knockout competitions teams have started with initial handicaps based on their league positions, and the finals were no exception.

First it was Upton Ladies who faced an uphill struggle against Randwick C for the Per Ardua title, then later an all-Hucclecote encounter in the Bateman with Hucclecote Lightning battling Hucclecote Thunder.

Both matches were played with great competitive spirit - a great advertisement for netball in Gloucestershire. We look forward to welcoming all four teams to our Presentation Evening next month to receive their trophies.

Per Ardua: Upton Ladies 66 - Randwick C 59
Bateman: Hucclecote Lightning 60 - Hucclecote Thunder 59 (Golden Goal)

Officiating round-up: A successful season for umpires

Umpiring

This season has been a hugely successful one for umpires in Gloucestershire, with no less than 32 passes overall! The Officiating group would like to congratulate all our newly qualified umpires and thank them for all the hard work they have put in to achieving their new status.

We are especially pleased with our eight new passes at B award, which takes the county's tally of B award and above qualified umpires to 16. This is unprecedented in the county's history!

By way of acknowledgement we list below all those umpires who have passed an award this season. You will also notice some names appearing twice, representing those umpires who have passed both Beginner and C award within the same season - a credit to their determination.

Dean Close U16 finish an impressive 9th at the National Schools Finals

Dean Close

Dean Close School's U16 Netball girls can confidently take their place in the top ten teams in the country after claiming ninth place at the National Schools Finals in Basildon on Saturday 17th March 2012.

In the group stages they played eight games, winning four and losing four. Their last game was key and would have taken them through to the semi finals if they had won.

Join a club for the Summer League

Want to play Netball in Gloucestershire? Start early with this season's friendly weekday-evening summer league.

Visit our join a club page to see who's recruiting. There are new adverts online from Tigers NC & Lasers NC! Alternatively visit our full list of clubs for more information.

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