With success comes huge expectation….

As I entered the M&S Bank Arena yesterday, I knew that the England Roses were in form and this World Cup was something special.  I was ready to watch them take on the Silver Ferns, for Geva and Eboni to win the ball, for Jade, Serena, Nat and Chelsea to boss the mid-court and for Helen and Jo to be dominating the circle and the shooting percentages and then head to the Final.  But I was so nervous!  It wasn’t that old feeling of ‘we were going against the mighty Ferns, hope they aren’t on their A game so we don’t lose by 25’.  This time the nerves were because England could win and on paper for this game should win and I desperately didn’t want England to lose.  I didn’t want for THEM not to bring their A game and let NZ have a chance of taking the game. So much had changed since THAT Gold Medal.

For years I have watched England take on the Aussies and the Kiwi’s with little expectation – just hope that they get close (and not a white-wash).  I was in awe of the Diamonds and Silver Ferns.  Their athleticism, their power, tactics and skill and the fact they could have a career playing netball.  The England Roses invoke that feeling now and with that comes the expectation and pressure.  Now when the Roses take on these teams – they are expected to win by their fans and anything less will be disappointing – WE NOW BELIEVE.  When they play now – I get the feeling I get when Utd take on City – I am desperate for England to win and I know they can and yesterday I believe they should have (despite the Ferns playing a near perfect game).  England had been on form and firing – with the entire crowd behind them (remind anyone of the Diamonds at the Commonwealth Games in 2018….) but it just didn’t happen.

I am gutted that the Roses won’t be in the final as the atmosphere and battle with the Diamonds would have been immense.  But this is sport and when you step up and win a Gold medal, when your players become household names and when you keep getting great results – you need to expect the pressure .  When you are expected to win, then you can expect huge disappointment when it doesn’t happen.  The England players gave everything – their heart and their effort was all there – but unfortunately so were the errors and that is what makes it hurt.  New Zealand were unbelievable – they were back – strong, accurate and EVERYWHERE!

Though it doesn’t make any of us feel better right now, netball has come a long way since that Gold medal.   We are talking about netball and the Roses, it is on the TV, in the papers and trending all over social media.  As we walk around Liverpool bumping into old teammates, coaches, friends and netball fans from the other side of the world –  we are analysing games, talking about players and working out which combinations we would have played and which players are on their game.  This is something I have watched my Dad do with football for years- a go-to conversation with friends and family – something I didn’t expect to happen to netball.

Though this feeling of disappointment hurts and I can’t bring myself to watch the game again yet – it is how sport should feel.  I would rather this than the old feeling of ‘oh well- they did really well to only lose by 15’ with a shrug of my shoulders and on with my day.  This is why we love sport – it makes us feel, it is unpredictable and that is why the highs are spectacular and the lows can ache.

World Netball is at its most competitive – every competition and ‘friendly’ is now going to attract more viewers, more attention, more pressure (and hopefully more sponsors and money) for the players as on the day – it is anyones and that is exciting and for the fans nerve-wracking!

7 NETBALL WORLD CUP – Signature Moves

With all of the World’s Best Netballers heading to Liverpool and all of the games available on Sky, BBC and streamed on Youtube-  it is the perfect opportunity to see all of their best moves!

1 – Geva Mentor – Geva Roll – The perfect way to get around your shooter cleanly and get the intercept.

SAMSUNG NETBALL HACKS – THE GEVA ROLL

THE 'GEVA' ROLLChange things up in defence or attack – watch Sunshine Coast Lightning's Geva Mentor show how 'The Roll' can give you an advantage at either end of the court.Good Luck

Posted by Netball Australia on Sunday, June 24, 2018

2 – Gretel Tippett – Tippett Lay Up – with a basketball background Tippett brings some flair to the court

3 – Shamera Sterling – The Flyer – Great reading of the game means Sterling can time her move perfectly for a spectacular intercept.

4  – Bailey Mes – The Rebound – it doesn’t matter who you put in the circle- if there is a rebound Mes is coming away with the ball.

5 –  Laura Langman – The Feed

Laura Langman works tirelessly through the court picking endless interceptions – and is still able to able to put in an amazing feed.

Laura Langman earns 150th Test cap

Join us in congratulating Silver Fern #133 Laura Langman who has created history as the first ever Kiwi player to earn 150 Test caps! 👏🌿🖤Footage thanks to TVNZ Sport and SKY Sport NZ

Posted by Silver Ferns on Saturday, January 19, 2019

6  – Karla Pretorius – The Read and Fly

Karla Pretorius is an interception machine-she reads the game throughout the court and is poised to pounce.

Karla Pretorius 100 Intercepts

Our very own Karla Pretorius just amassed a league milestone – first player in the Suncorp Super Netball to surpass 100 Intercepts! What a champ! ⚡️🙌😍

Posted by Sunshine Coast Lightning on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

7 – Maria Folau – The Long Bomb – you try to force shooters to shoot as far away as possible – but that is exactly where Folau is at home.

 

7 NETBALL PODCASTS

Want more netball action?? Want to hear expert opinions and predictions?  Want more interviews with your favourite netball stars?  Check out these fab podcasts

1 – The Netball Show – https://www.thenetballshow.co.uk/podcasts/

Andy Lamb brings you fantastic interviews with the world’s best players and showcases what all the things that netball has to offer- check out his daily updates over the Netball World Cup.

2 – Netball Nation – https://www.mynetballnation.com/

If you love netball, banter and honestly-this is the podcast for you. Sara Bayman, Maggie Birkenshaw and Emma Jones look at all aspects of netball and their weekly score predictions are hilarious.

3 – BBC Netball Show – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p077z4mz

Claire Carter and Jess Thirlby talk all things from the world of netball. Ranging from international star players to local clubs and incredible stories from the sport.

4 – The Goal Circle – https://www.facebook.com/thegoalcircle/

The Goal Circle is a weekly show that zones in on the trials and tribulations of the Suncorp Super Netball competition. With the help of some special guests!  They are covering the World Cup too!

5 – The Inner Circle – https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/inner-circle-sharelle-mcmahon-bianca-chatfield-17th/id1463718048?i=1000444630570

Australian netball champions Sharelle McMahon & Bianca Chatfield take an in-depth weekly look at the Australian Super Netball Series. You’ll hear the most thorough reviews, comprehensive previews and in-depth analysis from 2 former Australian representatives on the game they know and love! Plus plenty of great interviews with the modern-day superstars of the competition as well as plenty of fun along the way.  The will be World Cup episodes too – looking at performances and stats!

6 – Centre Pass Podcast – https://www.facebook.com/centrepasspod/

Tune in weekly for the latest Suncorp Super Netball News with Steph Smarrelli, Sophie Taylor, Jarrad Gardner and Taylah Melki.  They also have special guests including Sue Gaudion.

7 – NetBallers – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07c8rfv

Your weekly dose of fierce netball chat hosted by England netballers Sasha and Kadeen Corbin and Betty Glover. Why can’t you run with the ball? Isn’t it a non-contact sport? And isn’t it just for girls?  Great interviews with netball stars too.

7 NETBALL WORLD CUP – Veterans

Whilst for many English fans this will be their first time to a Netball World Cup – here are some players for who this isn’t their first Rodeo…..or even their second or third!

1. Geva Mentor CBE – England

Arguably the best defender in the world – Geva made her debut for the England team at just 16 years old and she has never looked back.
Mentor was one of the first English players to make the move to Australia to play and she is now one of the legends of the game.  Her timing is unbelievable and she has the ability to shut down any shooter you put next to her with her movement, court coverage and how she reads the game.  Her presence within the circle makes the shooter question her space and the WA/C’s question where they are to put the ball.  Mentor is probably also seen as one of the cleanest defenders on the court – great discipline and court presence – you won’t see Geva arguing with the umpires!  This is Mentor’s 5th World Cup and she has also competed in 5 Commonwealth games (with the Gold Medal in 2018 of course!)

2. Laura Langman – New Zealand

Langman is the most capped Silver Fern – over taking Irene van Dyk’s record of 145 in October 2018 – and she is still racking up the caps!  Langman is a phenomenal C – she covers so much court, with the ability to cover man to man, work with the famous NZ zone, make show-stopping interceptions and still have the ability to feed a killer ball into the circle.  This is Laura’s 4th World Cup – and along with Casey Kopua – she is back to put the Silver Ferns back where they belong after their worst Commonwealth games to date.  Her energy on court will lift her team and drive them to be better – her example and court craft is priceless and she is a threat to all teams throughout the court.

3 – Casey Kopua – New Zealand

Casey Kopua debuted for NZ in 2005 and has over 100 caps for her country.  A legend in NZ – Kopua has always led by example and been a leader with the team.  Kopua is the Queen of the Comeback – in 2015 she suffered what appeared to be a career ending injury and was out for 9 months – having to work hard to re-gain full movement in her knee before she could even contemplate getting back on the court.  It is testament to her determination and character that she returned to the court in the ANZ.  Casey then took some time out from netball to have her daughter – and she is back!  NZ are a better team when she is on court – she brings a wealth of experience,  leadership and she sets the on-court standards for the younger players – she will want to put the Silver Ferns back on top in her final Netball World Cup.

4 – Erin Burger – South Africa

Erin Burger debuted for South Africa in 2007 against England.  Burger was the MVP of the World Cup in Singapore in 2011 – she is a work horse throughout the court and never seems to tire which means she is still strong in the final quarter.  Joining the Queensland Firebirds in the Suncorp this season – Burger is enjoying her netball and she is just getting better and better.  Her consistency means that she is difficult to leave out of the Proteas and her defiant defence means the intercepts will come through lots of hustle.  After suffering an inflamed heart muscle it was questionable as to if Erin would return to the court but with the resurgence of South Africa with Norma Plummer at the helm – she was determined to get back in on the action – and from their start at this year’s Netball World Cup you can see why!

5 – Caitlin Bassett – Australia

Bassett is one of the biggest names in netball and when she shot 92% in last year’s Suncorp competition you can see why!  With height and accuracy on her side – it is difficult to stop her – especially with all the Aussie Diamonds feeds firing in.  Making her debut in 2008, Cailtin headed to Singapore with the Diamonds in 2011 – Bassett only missed 4 shots the whole World Cup campaign – with 151/155 – she definitely made her mark!
As Captain Fantastic for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool – Bassett will be wanting to lead her Diamonds to victory and put they back on top after that nail-biting defeat to the Roses at home in the Commonwealth games.  Always leading by example – Bassett is a professional and will lead and guide the young players in the squad throughout this campaign.

 

6 – Jade Clarke – England

As the highest capped England player – Jade will be playing her 5th Netball World Cup.  After coming through the ranks of England Netball – she debuted in 2003 against New Zealand.  In 2011, Clarke was named England Captain and her performances always drive her team to want more.  Playing in NZ, Australia and now back in the UK – she is able to adapt to new teammates, styles of play and also her opponents – making her a very valuable player indeed.  Clarke is a versatile player – although her strongest position is WD for her relentless man to man defending and intercepts, she is a strong C and thanks to her vision, speed and accurate feeds she is more than comfortable at WA.  This could be her last Netball World Cup and so she will only want it to end with a Gold!

7 – Rhonda John-Davis – Trinidad & Tobago – RECORD 6th NETBALL WORLD CUP!

With her first Netball World Cup in 1999 – Rhonda John-Davis is best placed to reflect on how far the game has come.  With more and more competitions, nations are playing more netball and so she is excited about this year’s competition as the best nations come together to compete.  Her experience, skill and coaching experience will lift her team and her point perfect feeds to Suncorp superstar Sam Wallace will keep adding to the scoreboard.

 

7 NETBALL WORLD CUP – Rookies

It is here!!!  The Netball World Cup – Liverpool 2019.  With tickets in hand – we are off to see the world’s best netballers compete for the ultimate title – World Champions.  As Netball continues to grow the standard the this years competition is fierce!

1. Shamera Sterling – Jamaica

After helping Jamaica win bronze in the Commonwealth games after a nail-biting semi-final with England – Sterling was snapped up by Loughborough Lightning for the VNSL.  After just one season – the world could see her potential and she jumped on a flights to Australia to start for the Adelaide Thunderbirds this season.  Her flair and unbelievable interceptions have made her a player to watch – becoming a crowd favourite

Her netball debut is sure to be full of tips, flying interceptions and hustle in the circle – she will get the crowd on their feet and lift her team.

 

2. Shaunagh Craig – Northern Ireland

After playing for TEAM Bath in the VNSL and coming through the English Performance PAthway at U17, U19 and U21 – Shaunagh had taken a break from netball for a couple of years to travel in New Zealand – but when the opportunity came to play at this year’s World Cup – Shaunagh was an obvious choice for Dan Ryan given her experience and understanding of the game.  At 6ft 2 – Craig dominates the circle – using her height and strength to create and protect space.  Both of Shaunagh’s parents played basketball for Northern Ireland and so she will be bringing a bit of basketball style and flair to her role in the circle.

3. Sarah Klau – Australia

Not many players get their International debut at the World Cup – but Klau’s season with the Swifts put her firmly on the World Cup list as her dominance in Suncorp could not be ignored.  Klau has the ability to shut down shooters and take them out of the game – her relentlessness in the circle wears them down and she is one of the best rebounders to take to the court.  Considering her age – she reads the game so well and can change up her game to close down a variety of shooting styles – she looks so comfortable on the court.

 

4. Karin Berger – New Zealand

Karin is a strong and versatile player – with the ability to cover all defensive positions.  She has the ability to find an interception just when herr team needs it.  England Roses fans may recognise her from the Quad Series when she was sent off against England – her strong and relentless defending can sometimes get her a lot of whistle from the umpires – but she makes up for it in intercepts.  As well as working to limit the attackers – Berger is strong coming through the court with great distribution.

 

5. Fran Williams – England

Fran has been in the England Performance Pathway since a youngster – captaining the U21 Squad.  It has been her fantastic performances for Wasps which have cemented her place in the England Roses.  Fran is able to win ball and also bring it through the court with a relentless work rate.  Working well with an experienced Hannah Knight – Fran has been able to own the GD bib – working hard to earn her place in the World Cup Roses Squad.

6. Sigi Burger – South Africa

Sigi has been playing in the VNSL for the past two season for Surrey Storm – a fan favourite for both her fun persona and her regularly shooting over 90% throughout the season.  Sigi was not initially included in the Wold Cup 2019 squad for the Proteas – but due to an injury she has now joined the squad.  Her unorthodox style makes it difficult for defenders to contain her and know what she is going to do next – and her shooting accuracy speaks for itself.  After her best season so far with Storm – she is ready to shine as a Protea.

7. The Zimbabwe National Netball 

The Zimbabwe team made history qualifiying for the VNWC Finals for the first time.  They will bring speed, athleticism and agility to the court – with their fast paced style.  With the rise of the African nations over the past few years with Malawi and Uganda and players enjoying the opportunities to play in the UK and Australia – this is the chance for them to showcase their talent and how far they have come.  Severn Stars defenderAdelaide Muskwe will using her experience as she and her team take on the best nations in with World.  They will also be bringing their amazing fans who really brought the stadium to life in their first match!

Winners of the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup 2018/2019 Finals

14 Teams, 2 Days, 7 Champion Winning Teams!

After 7 months of competition in the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup – there were only 14 teams left in the competition and they travelled to Cheshire on the 26th/27th March 2019.  They were treated to a brand new Sports Centre – which had only opened the day before Finals.

The Grange School, Northwich did everyone proud – what a fantastic venue!  All of the staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the brand new Sports Hall was ready for the Sisters n Sport National Cup Finals and were on hand throughout both days of competition – supporting Sisters n Sport and all of the teams – they ensured a fantastic event too place.

The Sports Hall had a great viewing gallery for spectators, but we knew not all parents and supporters would be able to travel and so Sisters n Sport ensured that everyone could keep up to date via our realtime Twitter Commentary and updates as well as having the opportunity to watch the games live via our Facebook page.

The first day of finals saw the U15, U16 and Senior finals – and we had a real treat in store!

U15 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
Solihull School (Midlands) v St Swithun’s (South West)

U15 SnS National Champions – Solihull School
MVP – Izzy Gardner – Solihull School

Our opening match of the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Finals and it didn’t disappoint!  Both teams were off to a great start, a few nerves on court but we were goal for goal in the first quarter – both teams showing strong defence and great shooting stats.  End of the first quarter and only two goals separated the teams.  This continued in the second quarter with end of end action.  Both teams holding strong and taking their opportunites – end of the half and still only two goals in it – 20-18 to Solihull School.

The third quarter was the turning point – Solihull School came out firing and St Swithun’s were not able to respond – end of the third quarter and Solihull School had strengthened their lead to 10 goals – putting them in the driving seat for the final quarter.  The last 15 were a close encounter like the first half – St Swithun’s responded well but just conuld not break into the lead Solihull had developed in the third quatter – only one goal separated them in that final quarter but the the third quarter had been vital and Solihull School were crowned Champtions – winning 42-31.

Great performances from all players, with GA Izzy Gardner from Solihull School being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U15 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.

U16 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Loughborough High School v Godolphin & Latymer

U16 SnS National Champions – Godolphin & Latymer School
MVP – Jessica Mayer – Godolphin & Latymer School

These teams had faced each other once before this season with Loughborough High School being the winners that day and so we knew this was going to be a close and well fought final.  Loughborough HS proved to be very fast out of the blocks – taking early leads in each quarter.  The first quarters they took a 3 goals lead but in the final moments – Godolphin & Latymer School made a comeback to bring the score to 12-11 Loughborough HS lead.  Again Loughborough hit t he ground running in the 2nd quarter taking a 5 goal lead – with some super shooting and patient court play – before G&L took some important turnovers pulling the score back to 22-21 to Loughborough a t the end of the half – this was a nail biting half and the second half did not have any less excitement.

Loughborough HS took the lead again, but an injury in the third moved the C from G&L to WD and the turnovers kept coming.  G&L ended the quarter up b2 (34-36).  There was everything to play for in the final quarter and there was a nervous start from both teams – but the shooters were still putting the goals away.  It looked like Loughborough would take the win leading with a  few minutes to play – but then came the G&L surge!  With 25 seconds to go it was a G&L centre at 48-48 – no pressure for their shooters – taking the lead with 15 seconds to go and a Loughborough HS centre.  LHS got the ball to their GS but it didn’t drop and G&L were the champions!  What a final!!!

Strong performances from all players, with WD Jessica Mayer from Godolphin & Latymer School being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U16 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.

Seniors Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Bromsgrove School v Royal Russell School

Seniors SnS National Champions – Bromsgrove School
MVP  –  Ellie Preese – Bromsgrove School

The Seniors final was all set to be a showstopper from when the two coaches of supporters arrived – we have horns, banners and singing for both teams – the atmosphere was electric!  Royal Russell were the first to strike with speed on the attack and accurate shooting.   Bromsgrove were struggling to get past a very strong defensive unit.  At the end of the first quarter RR had taken a 5 goal lead – 13-8.  Bromsgrove made some changes in the shooting circle and centre court – they came out firing and took control of the game.  Royal Russell finished the half with a narrow one goal lead – 21-20.

The third quarter began and the crowd were bouncing!  They were lifting their players and spurring them on.  Bromsgrove began strong again – but every ball was fought for and there was no let up from either team.  The quarter was going goal for goal and then Bromsgrove gained the momentum and took a 7 goal lead at the end of the third.  Royal Russell began a strong fight back in the final quarter winning the quarter but Bromsgrove held on enough to take the win and become champions – 41-38.

Great performances from all players, with WD Ellie Preese from Bromsgrove being awarded MVP by Manchester Thunder’s Laura Malcolm.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the Senior Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones. 


U11 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
The Grange School v Putney High School

U11 SnS National Champions – The Grange School
MVP  – Ivana Igoe – The Grange School

First up we had The Grange School, Northwich facing Putney High School.  Both teams were so excited for the final as it was the first time they had competed in a National Cup competition.  The match started and went goal for goal for the full first ten minutes – there were flying interceptions and the shooters were shooting long bombs – fantastic netball from just young players!  At the end of the first quarter nothing could separate the teams – 6-6.  The Grange turned up their defensive game in the second quarter – their full court defence managed to create lots of turnovers and Putney struggled to get the ball the their shooters.  The Grange created a 5 goal lead to take into the second half.

A close third quarter followed with great attacking moves from both teams.  Only one goal separated the teams in this quarter but the lead from the first half put The Grange in the driving seat for the final quarter.  Putney came out strong and started putting the goals on the board – The Grange had to work hard to score off their centre passes and the nerves were starting to show a little.  In the end there was not enough time for a Putney comeback but the girls fought until the very end – with The Grange taking the win and becoming U11 Sisters n Sport National Cup Champions 24-21.

Huge performances from such young players, with GD Ivana Igoe from The Grange being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U11 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.

U12 Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup Final
Cheadle Hulme School v Redmaids’ High School

U12 SnS National Champions – Cheadle Hulme School
MVP  – Tiger Barlow –Cheadle Hulme School

For the second final of the day we had North v South West.  The Cheadle Hulme School had brought a coach load of pupils and so they were well supported for their final – banners and flags filled the sports hall.  Cheadle Hulme were strong from the offset – straight to goal from their centre pass and the shooters doing their job to put the goals on the board.  Redmaids fought for each ball and were strong on their own centre pass but a few turnovers from Cheadle Hulme School put them 13-4 up at the end of the first quarter.  Cheadle Hulme did not slow down in the second quarter – fast movement and relentless defence.  Redmaids contested each ball – but Cheadle Hulme were too strong and they extended their lead to 29-7.

In the third quarter Cheadle Hulme kept the momentum, scoring quickly from their centre passes and successful in turnover ball. The shooters rewarded the defences efforts with high shooting percentages, making it diffcult for Redmaids defence to turn ball over or capitalise on rebound opportunities. Redmaids had some impressive moments and intercepts but they could not convert and Cheadle Hulme pushed on with the quarter ending 41-8.

Redmaids continued to work hard in the final quarter and had some lovely passages of play through court but found it hard to get the ball to their shooters due to the Cheadle Hulme GK applying a lot of pressure from the back. Cheadle Hulme were outstanding from start to finish but the score did not reflect how well Redmaids performed throughout the game. The game ended Cheadle Hulme 55 – Redmaids 10.

Strong attacking and defensive performances from both teams with GS Tiger Barlow from Cheadle Hulme School being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U12 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Clive Jones.


U13 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Cheadle Hulme School v Berkhamsted School

U13 SnS National Champions – Cheadle Hulme School
MVP  – Maisie Chrimes – Cheadle Hulme School

For the third final of the day we had Cheadle Hulme going for the double – the crowd still cheering!   This time they were up against the South East Regional Champions – Berkhamsted School.  Both teams didn’t blink in the first quarter – goal for goal for the full 12 mins with Berkhamsted taking a slim lead of one goal at the end of the quarter.  Following their team talk Cheadle Hulme scored 4 goals from the whistle and took the lead, their court play was relentless for the quarter and Berkhamsted took time to settle and respond.  At the end of the half and Cheadle Hulme had a lead of 9 – 24-15.

The third quarter was much closer – both teams contesting for every ball, shots defended fiercely and any rebounds hotly contested.  The quarter score was 7-5 to Cheadle Hulme which meant they had extended their lead to 11 with 12 mins left to play – 31-20.   The final quarter continued to be a well fought contest bur Cheadle Hulme’s lead was too much for Berkhamsted to break down and Cheadle Hulme were crowned Champions with a 39-25 win.

Great performance from all players on court, with GA Maisie Chrimes from Cheadle Hulme School being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U13 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Isabel Pearce

U14 Sisters n Sport Netball National Final
Wirral Grammar School for Girls v Berkhamsted School

U14 SnS National Champions – Wirral Grammar School for Girls
MVP  – Lucy Clayton – Wirral Grammar School for Girls

The final match of the Sisters n Sport National Cup Finals and it was North v South East again.  Berkhamsted fielded their second team of the finals and they would face the Northern Regional Champions – Wirral Grammar School for Girls.  Would Wirral Grammar for Girls make it a clean sweep for the Northern teams or would Berkhamsted put a win on the board for the South East?

A close start for both teams – goal for goal – both teams shooting well and taking the ball to goal.  Wirral took the first break and then gained a flow making the most of their momentum – with left the score at 17-8 at the end of the first quarter.  Wirral Grammar continued to dominate in the second quarter but Berkhamsted stayed strong on their own centre passes and put pressure on them throughout the quarter.  Strong performances in defence for Wirral Grammar helped to increase their lead.

The third quarter was tightly contested – lots of turnovers and increased defensive pressure meant this was a close and low scoring quarter – both circle defence made it difficult to get the ball to the shooters.  With just 12 mins to play – each ball was contested and nothing was given away.  Wirral Grammar for Girls were in the driving seat and they were on track for the win – continued turnovers from the circle defence and flowing court play to the accurate shooters ensured the win – 50-28.

Great team performances from both teams, with GK Lucy Clayton from Wirral Grammar School for Girls being awarded MVP by Loughborough Lightning’s Jess Shaw.

Click here for a Gallery of Photographs from the U14 Sisters n Sport National Cup Final taken by Isabel Pearce. 

Thank you so much!

The aim of the Sisters n Sport Netball National was to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against – to experience travelling as a team and creating netball memories.
Thanks to the support of all the schools entering this years competition has exceeded all of our expectations and we are excited to be working with inspiresport to make next year’s Cup even bigger.

Entries are open for the 2019/2020 inspiresport Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup

Places are filling fast and so book early before Easter to guarantee your place

 

 

 

 

Top Inspiring Sporting Quotes for #IWD2019

It’s International Women’s Day & we are celebrating by sharing some of our favourite female quotes. We’ll kick off with the awesome Serena Williams who takes nothing for granted:

To all of you, thank you for inspiring us! ❤

Happy #IWD2019 !

1. Serena Williams

On success:

 

For our second post for #IWD2019, we turn to the icon that is Michelle Obama. 🙌

Michele Obama

On ambition:

We couldn’t choose our favourite female sporting quotes for #IWD2019 & NOT include the amazing Ama Agbeze talking about our favourite sport of netball ink her open letter following England Netball’s Commonwealth Games victory last year.

Ama Agbeze

On belief:

Love this from Aussie Diamonds Head Coach, Lisa Alexander. This is EXACTLY where women’s sport needs to get to! Happy #IWD201, everyone!

Lisa Alexander

On equality:

 

THIS is what sport is all about for us. Great quote, Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA gymnast) after trending globally on social media in January for her perfect 10 score at the 2019 on the floor at the Collegiate Challenge.

Katelyn Ohashi

On loving her sport:

Sport is nothing without passion: Feel it in Tracey Neville’s voice in this quote! #IWD2019

Tracey Neville

On opportunity:

 

Wise words indeed from Judy Murray on #IWD2019.

Judy Murray

On not being ashamed to have drive and dreams:

We love Andy Murray for this – writing a column in the French sports paper L’Equipe in response to the criticism his coach Amélie Mauresmo received. #IWD2019

Andy Murray

On feminism:

It doesn’t matter whether you’re male or female – it’s what you know that counts: Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille’s praise for coach Amelie Mauresmo. #IWD2019

Lucas Pouille

On Equality:

Love this by Mo’ne Davis 🙌

✅ one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series

✅ first girl to earn a win & to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history.

✅ first Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a Little League player.

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Media Release: Sisters n Sport partner with inspiresport for National Cup

Sisters n Sport Netball is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with inspiresport.

inspiresport has joined with Sisters n Sport as the Official Title Sponsor of the National Cups ran by Sisters n Sport for schools.  The two organisations will be working together to provide the inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup to schools in England and together launch two NEW National Cups for 2019 – in Wales and Scotland. 

“Sisters n Sport Netball is delighted to be teaming up with such great organisation like inspiresport,” said Jen Fields, co-founder and co-owner of Sisters n Sport Netball.

“inspiresport share the same passion for sport as Sisters n Sport – when we looked at the tours inspiresport create for young players, it was easy to see the similarities between the two organisations. We’re looking forward to working with the inspiresport team in what is a huge year for our National Netball Cup for Schools.”

Victoria Knights (Jen’s Sister and Co-founder of Sisters n Sport) added “In 2018 over 4000 athletes took to the court to compete in the Sisters n Sport National Cup – for the inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cups 2019/2020 – we want more and more girls to bib up with their team and take to the court.  Through launching new National competitions in Wales and Scotland we will be giving more girls this opportunity”

This is a three-year partnership and will also include the launch of U11 National Netball Festivals across England, Wales and Scotland to provide more competition for primary school children.

Steve Butchart, CEO at inspiresport said:

“We’re excited to be working with Sisters n Sport over the next 3 years to help cement our position as the leading provider of netball sports development tours. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of netball enquiries from school and youth teams across the country – it’s now our second biggest enquiry after football. The team at Sisters n Sport provide a perfect combination of top-class competition whilst keeping coaching fun and fresh for the new generation of netballers. Working with UK Netball Super League coaches and players, Sisters n Sport delivers on our mission to provide fantastic netball experiences for girls in the UK.”

The inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup 2019/2020 are open for entries – Click here to enter your school

For more information about the inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup 2019/2020 or to find a Sisters n Sport Netball Programme near you – visit sistersnsport.com

For information about inspiresport and to find the perfect sports tour for your school or club – visit inspiresport.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup 2018/2019 – National Finalists Revealed

One Week to Go!

Regional Winners and Finalists Confirmed

When the Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup launched back in April 2018, we wanted to give netballers more opportunities to compete and for them to experience playing teams from across the country that they would not normally play against.

Across the 7 age groups 125 schools entered, with over 350 teams, which means over 4000 athletes took to the court in this years competition.   The support and enthusiasm from the girls, coaches, teachers and parents has been brilliant – and the quality of netball has been fantastic!

Below is a round up of the age groups, our Regional Champions and Qualifiers for the National Finals.

U11

North – The Grange School, Northwich  

Midlands – Bedford Girls School  

South East – Putney High School   

South West – The Maynard School

National Final – The Grange School v Putney High School

 

U12

North – Cheadle Hulme School

Midlands – Kings High, Warwick

South East – St Catherine’s School

South West – Redmaids’ High School 

National Final – Cheadle Hulme School v Redmaids’ High School

U13

North – Cheadle Hulme School

Midlands – Solihull High    

South East – Berkhamsted School

South West – St Swithuns 

National Final – Cheadle Hulme School v Berkhamsted School

U14 

North – Wirral Grammar School for Girls  

Midlands – Bromsgrove School  

South East – Berkhamsted School 

South West – Penryn College

National Final – Wirral Grammar School for Girls v Berkhamsted School

U15

North – The Grange School

Midlands – Solihull High    

South East – Putney High School   

South West – St Swithun’s 

National Final – Solihull High v St Swithun’s 

U16

North – Parrenthorn

Midlands – Loughborough High School    

South East – Godolphin & Latymer

South West – Truro School

National Final – Loughborough High School v Godolphin & Latymer

Seniors

North – Oldham Hulme Grammar School

Midlands – Bromsgrove School

South East – Royal Russell School

South West – Wycombe Abbey

National Final – Bromsgrove School v Royal Russell School

Check out some of the team photos below!

Thank you so much for sharing your team photos with us – keep them coming!

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England Netball – Take centre stage among the sporting elite

England Netball – Take centre stage among the sporting elite

Back in April, thousands of English netball supporters sat in the dark at 4am, waiting for the Netball Final of the Commonwealth Games – hoping England would take it to the Aussies and make it a good game.  We hoped, prayed and wished for a win – but with the home team producing several strong performances and dominating the international scene, it seemed a difficult task.  It was a great game – the Vitality Roses definitely took it to the Aussies and history was made.  The netball world order had shifted and we will all remember where we were the moment Helen Housby sank the final goal and all screaming and running around our living rooms at 5 in the morning.

Image – Sky News

What we witnessed was a team of women who dug deep, they weren’t phased when they went behind, they weren’t pushed off the ball in a physical game and they took every opportunity they earned and were sometimes given.  With a new coaching team and a centralised – they were doing things differently and it worked.  This was the result of years of hard work from the players, the coaching staff and the governing body.  They had worked tirelessly for this moment, they wanted it, deserved it and they took it with both hands.

In the netball world – we knew this was huge!  The players were superstars and amongst ourselves we celebrated the achievements of this team and coaching staff – they had changed the netballing landscape and inspired generations.  More girls took to the courts to learn the game and thousands of women dusted off the netball kit and found themselves a team – England Netball saw an increase in participation of 130k in just 3months.  Since that Gold medal, Nike have been announced as the England Netball kit sponsor, Sport England committed to further investment and Vitality signed a huge sponsorship deal.  Netball had moved into the spotlight and last night was the opportunity to shine on the world stage.

(Photo credit:  FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)

At the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, the Vitality Roses stood proudly on the stage in front of the international sporting elite.  Every long journey they made for a game, the juggling of studying and full time jobs with training, every sprint that hurt, the pain of losing, the injuries and the setbacks –it was all worth it.  They will have remembered the first match they won, their first teammates, the coach who introduced them to the game and most off all their parents, family and friends who supported them through every selection, every victory and every loss –it all led them to here.

Image via The Netball Show – Twitter

As the England Netball team stepped on to the stage to be presented with Team of the Year and Sporting Moment of the Year at the SPOTY awards – it was their time, their turn and they deserved to win – but most all they belonged.  Women’s sport was centre stage in the arena of sporting greatness and they had their place – inspiring the next generation – as after all ‘if you can see it – you can be it’.