Chosen Hill beat Dean Close 15-3 in the final of the annual tournament held in memory of May Dent, former mayor of Cheltenham and Chair of Gloucestershire Netball. They retained the trophy won 12 months ago, despite losing their first game in the group stage to the other finalists, who also lost one of their early games.
The other group was headed by Cheltenham Ladies College who hosted the event at their Well Place ground, and were unbeaten. The runners-up in this group were Pates who tied with Balcarras on points, but went through on a better goal average.
The semi-final results were:
Chosen Hill 19 - Pates 2
CLC 2 - Dean Close 4
Follow links for the full results tables for Group A and Group B.
March is historically a very busy time and March 2014 is no exception! Read on to find out about what events are coming up in your area and how you can get involved.
- England Netball are looking for a number of volunteers for the Netball Europe Championships this weekend (Fridat 7th - Sunday 9th March) at the Worcester Arena. Roles include balls girls, ticket collection assistants, event coordinators and event assistants. Contact Olivia (oliv...@englandnetball.co.uk) ASAP if you're interested.
- There are still places on the UKCC Level 2 Coaching course starting next month in Hereford. The closing date for booking forms is Friday 7th March so please contact Emma (emma...@englandnetball.co.uk) ASAP if you would like to attend.
- Are you a qualified teacher or coach looking to deliver the Young Umpire Award to students within the school curriculum? If so, the Youth Umpire Award Orientation workshop is for you! The course is on Monday 24th March at Dene Magna School, 2.30pm-5.30pm. Get more details and download the booking form. Booking deadline 14th March.
- Gloucestershire Netball is hosting its first FE (16-21 year olds) Fun Festival on Wednesday 26th March. This festival is open to all sixth forms and colleges. For more information contact Rachel Bussey. The booking deadline is 14th March - the more the merrier!
Net 10 for Life has started! For the fortnight 2nd to 16th March 2014, especially the Gloucestershire league fixtures on 15th and 16th March, every team, club, league, college, school, university, Back to Netball group is invited to take part in this fantastic initiative pledging to donate 10p per goal scored in their weekly fixture.
Luton Lollypop Ladies 45 (£4.50) v Dunstable Dinner Ladies 33 (£3.30)
Total pledge from each team = £7.80
Umpires are also encouraged to get involved, by swapping their whites for some pinks, and rounding any donations up to the nearest pound.
Twyning Tigers were unbeaten on their way to winning the Back to Netball Festival held at Bentham Country Club on Sunday 2nd March. The tournament was contested by 5 teams which had been formed from various Back to Netball groups from around the county - Cirencester, Tywning and Wootton-under-Edge.
Rachel Bussey from England Netball, and the Netball Development Officer for the county, organised the festival on Sunday and was pleased with the competition, "We had 40 ladies involved on the day and they enjoyed some entertaining netball. I would also like to thank the umpires from Gloucestershire Netball, and to all those who contributed to the raffle which raised nearly £50 for Cancer Research UK".
Congratulations go to Chosen Hill U16 and Hartpury College U19 teams who won their respective age groups at the Regional Schools tournament on Saturday 25th January, held at Sir David English Centre, Bournemouth.
The event was contested by the best 14 teams representing their counties in each age group across the region and they faced strong opposition throughout the day. Weather fears for the outdoor event were unfounded and held good for the day's play.
Both squads now go through to the National finals to be held at Whitby High School on Merseyside on Saturday 15th March 2014.
Dean Close team nearly made it a Gloucestershire clean sweep at U19 level but were drawn against Hartpury in their semi-final. They went on to finish 3rd overall by beating Exeter College in the 3rd/4th play-off. Stroud High School U14 team finsihed a creditable 4th place, losing out in the 3rd/4th play-offs in their age group to Wellsway School from Avon.
Farmor's School also represented Gloucestershire at both U14 and U16 age groups.
Thanks go to all the umpires from the county - Gina Pearce, James Thomas, Michelle Easterbrook, Kirsty Hughes, Tracie Hull and Jo Baker, and to their scorers and supporters.
Full results are available to download.