Despite finishing third in the regular league season, Hucclecote still had a chance to qualify for the National finals if they were successful at the regional play-offs on Sunday 24th April at Clifton College in Bristol, with the top four teams in Division 1 of the regional under 14 league playing each other in short format matches.
Hucclecote struggled to get started in their first match and lost heavily 5-19 against Ferns who were the eventual champions. They re-grouped and with a comfortable 20-12 win over Team Bath it was all down to the last match against Poole Emeralds to see who would qualify as runners-up. This was a tense affair with Hucclecote managing to establish a narrow lead going into the final quarter, where they held on to win 17-12.
With Ferns from Dorset, Hucclecote now represent the south west region at the National Under 14 club finals to be held at Redbridge in Esesx on 28/29 May. Good luck girls!
Hucclecote's under 16 squad travelled to Plymouth on Sunday 17 April for the south west's play-off finals. Although finishing first in the regular league they still had to compete against Jersey's Team Jets, Team Bath and Lawn from Swindon to qualify for the national finals. In a tense competition they won all their matches to be crowned Netball South West under 16 champions, with Team Jets also qualifying as runners-up.
We wish the squad good luck in the National finals to be held in Newcastle on 30 April/1st May.
In order to disseminate information on the rules changes that will affect all matches in Gloucestershire from September 2016, we plan to hold two New Rules Workshops.
These workshops are designed for umpires, coaches and players to learn about the rules changes, how they affect the application of rules and what the changes mean for players.
In addition, attending one of the two workshops will be compulsory for all umpires in the county who wish to continue umpiring from September 2016.
The workshops are currently planned for 7-9pm on Tuesday 7th June and Wednesday 27th July. Further details will be confirmed in due course.
Are you a Back to Netballer? Do you and 9 other team mates want to take part in a festival with other Back to Netball teams this March?
If so, we would like to invite you to the Netball South West Regional Back to Netball Festival (North)!
Date: Sunday 20th March 2016
Timings: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Bentham Country Club, Bentham Lane, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 4UD
Congratulations to Gloucestershire Netball's Jenna Culley, who recently passed her Netball Europe B Award umpiring qualification.
Jenna travelled to Taunton to officiate in a South West Regional League 2 match between Trident and Premier Romans in January.
After receiving her result Jenna said: "I'm thrilled to have passed and that all the hard work has paid off!"
Jenna has received support and mentoring from Gloucestershire Netball umpiring secretary Barbara Warburton (pictured, left).
Gaining the B award is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to seeing Jenna umpire in the county and further afield, and wish her all the best in what promises to be a successful umpiring career!