A preliminary tournament for the north part of the South West region was held today, Sunday 9th March, in Swindon, with 9 teams competing, including Team Jets from Jersey who finished as winners.
The Under 14 squads from Hucclecote, Old Chelts and Randwick had previously qualified from the Gloucesterhire league for the preliminary regional round. With the four top teams going through to the regional finals, Hucclecote and Old Chelts secured their places in second and third positions, drawing the game against each other.
Randwick, whose squad were affected by injuries, beat Old Chelts in one of the early games and finished a creditable 8th place.
The regional finals take place on Sunday 6th April in Plymouth with the top two teams to qualify for the national finals - good luck to Hucclecote and Old Chelts!
It will be an all-Randwick affair in the Per Ardua final as Randwick Flash and Randwick Sparks won their respective semi-finals and now play each other for the trophy.
The Bateman final will be contested by Challengers Rockets and Hucclecote Hurricanes, who both triumphed in very closely contested semi-final matches.
The results of the semi-finals held on Satuday 8th March at Bentham Country Club were:
(starting handicap in brackets)
Challengers Rockets (4) beat Survivors A (14) 49-48
Hucclecote Hurricanes (0) beat Gloucester Ladies A (3) 40-38
Randwick Flash (19) beat Gloucester Ladies C (26) 56-53
Randwick Sparks (28) beat Tommies Ladies (0) 61-37
The finals will be played on Saturday 5th April at Bentham.
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.