The Mary Blake Over 30s Tournament was played tonight and with matches lasting just 9 minutes each way, they required commitment right from the opening whistle.
This proved so true in the first game of the tournament St Lawrence (defending champions) and St Clement. The sharp shooting of St Clement Zoe Hotton was instrumental in taking her team to 4-1 lead in the first half, St Lawrence quickly recovered from the onslaught, making vital interceptions mid court, converting to much needed goals to bring the score-line to 6-5 in favour of St Lawrence. The standard of play produced from these 'Over 30s' was outstanding, it was neck and neck in the final stages producing a 14-12 victory for St Lawrence.
St Saviour fielding a more 'mature' line up, brought back the services of defender Jenny Le Cocq, a player who has devoted her skills to the umpiring side of the sport rather than the playing side. It was obvious that she was relishing her time back in the action.
St Ouen and St John combined their over 30 players to produce a team to participate, all players thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to participate in this long standing event.
Linda Andrews (President of the JNA) presented the trophy to St Lawrence, explaining what a privilege it was to be doing so as Mary Blake had always played a major part in the JNA, she was remembered by so many of the members present and it was good to reflect on those memories.
Final result 1 ST LAWRENCE 2 ACCIES 3 ST CLEMENT 4 ST OUEN/ST JOHN 5 ST SAVIOUR
With just a 5 minute reprieve in the break between matches, the next encounter proved to be another challenging encounter between Accies and St Lawrence. In short games of this nature, every thing hinges on which shooters have got their eye in and to St Lawrence's relief both Georgie Cottini GS and Rena Nelson GA were focussed and determined. Court play was, once again, very evenly matched, but the goals were not forthcoming for Accies benefit. The success of this match was crucial for the outcome of the tournament, as both teams knew and it was St Lawrence who stepped up to secure this win 17-10.
All eyes were on the Accies v St Clement match, as these two teams had only suffered one defeat, therefore were vying for second place. It was a fiercely contested 18 minutes of play, with the amazing Sharon West showing her versatility by playing both centre position and GD (she was also seen to be netting the goals in a later game as GA!). But it was Accies who took control and claimed this victory.
The inaugural Jersey Sports Lottery was launched on the 1st August 2017. It aims to raise funds for local sporting clubs and organisations. The Jersey Netball Association benefits from each ticket that we sell! So if you are interested in buying one please do so through the JNA.
There are 5,000 tickets for sale. They are priced at £150 each and £90 will be returned to the relevant club/association. If all tickets are sold, the clubs could be sharing a total sum of £450,000. The lucky winner will snag a comfortable top prize of £250,000, with a further £50,000 to be won in cash prizes. The draw will take place on 18 May 2018.
Lottery organiser David Naylor says local teams are really in need of funds; “All clubs are supported by a lot of volunteers, whether they coach, manage, organise. The laws, the vetting, the standard of the sport keep on going up all the time and they do need better equipment, better grounds, more travel, more accommodation. So the pressure on money gets greater and greater.
“At the moment, we’re up to about 26 clubs. I know others are having committee meetings so they can get involved as well. It really is attracting clubs across the board to get involved in that.”
Please email email@example.com to register your interest. Pledge forms will be available to complete shortly.
The Mixed Tournament this evening was so exciting - especially with those bonus goals. Well done to all teams who took part. Also a HUGE thank you to all the umpires who have given up their time this season to allow the Mixed Netball League and tournaments to go ahead.
Accies Arrows travelled to Bognor Regis to take part in the SCI U14 Netball Tournament with the squad staying and enjoying the facilities at Butlins! Players enjoyed ‘off time’ at the funfayre and at a pool party as the Butlins’ site was taken over by netballers from U11 age groups and up!
Accies Arrows faced 8 other teams in their tournament playing most twice. The squad played 7 games on Day One (Saturday) and a further 5 games on the Sunday to find out who would qualify for the finals. They finished 2nd overall and played a final against 1st place but were not able to win the final game. The Squad played 12 games plus the final. They won 8, drew 1 and lost 3 and lost the final.
The games they lost they got at least half the winning score apart from in the final.
Coach Taryn Perkins said afterwards “I am incredibly proud of the whole squad who worked so hard and kept each other inspired throughout the many matches. We have all had a fun weekend celebrating the end of a great 2016/2017 Season at Butlin’s, and to come home with the Runner’s Up Trophy is fantastic. Well done to the winner’s Red Dragons who were a well drilled side.”
Squad: Abbie Taylor, Abbie Thompson, Alyshia Whitworth, Gabby Scott (Co-Captain), Honor Daniels, Isabella Valeur-Adu, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Lena Holden, Maddie Somay, Natacha Searson (Co-Captain)
Coaches: Taryn Perkins and Danny Simon
Thank you to Jersey Netball Association, sponsored by Dominion in association with One Foundation and M&S St Peter who allowed us to do a bag pack for fundraising.
Congratulations to M&Ms who have won division 1 unbeaten. The runner up will be either Facepainters Ink or Aztec and will be determined by the result of Aztec’s fixture next week.
First Names Group are currently top of division 2 but PS1 could catch them with two fixtures next week so it is going to come down to the wire.
Good luck to all the teams playing on Wednesday on the final day of this season.
Congratulations to Linda Andrews who was tonight named the 18th President of the Jersey Netball Association. She was named President at the Association's 73rd AGM and the following join her to make up your committee for the forthcoming season:
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