The NNA team had a resounding win this week 29 v 15 v Victorious Secrets. This team has a great mix of players from our top athletes in Premier 1 and often some U14 s, it is a great experience for our young players performing with such experienced athletes. Our NNB team had a narrow loss, they are building towards success in the junior leagues using Netball nights to develop their game and find challenging opposition which is not always available in junior matches. The West Yorkshire Summer League team smashed it on Saturday beating Calderdale 58 v 9 ensuring they stay at the top of the league table.
A massive thank you to everyone who helped at our awards night on Friday, from flower buyers to sausage servers it was great team work just what Leeds Athletic does well. Michelle Barker-Field deserves a special mention at this point, she was overall responsible for putting on the event, taking the IT presentation to a different level with detailed information and photos of all the award winners. Our thanks to you Michelle, great job.
Most of our coaches spoke at the event including Anna and Maggie for which we are very grateful considering the big match in their diaries the next day with Loughborough Lightning. Anna made an inspirational speech about using your obsession for netball to achieve success.
The semi finals of Superleague 2018 are upon us. First place Wasps and second place Loughborough Lightning get the home draw, to be played on Saturday 30th June. Wasps v Team Bath is on Sky Sports at 5.45pm or you could watch live Loughborough Lightning v Manchester Thunder in Leicester. Good luck to Anna and Maggie with Loughborough and our past and present players with Bath and Wasps. It’s all building up to a fantastic grand final on the 7th July at the Copper Box in London.
Leeds Athletic held their first Umpiring course on Sunday, the England Netball Official C award course was delivered by Elaine Douris. Twelve potential umpires were put through their paces, theory in the morning and practise papers. The practical element, umpiring a match was in the afternoon when 16 very helpful young guns came along to play for the “would be” umpires to practise their newly acquired skills. There were a couple of cheeky games where the youngsters had the opportunity to play with some of the older girls.
Well done to Hannah Moulds and Claudia Stead being selected for Loughborough U17 NPFL and Erin Hodgkiss and Lucy Alexander being selected to the Loughborough U19 NPL squad. Well done to Chloe Smith, Anya Wood and Chloe Essam, being selected for Loughborough U21s. This is in preparation for a four day tournament at the end of July when franchises battle with each other. Yorkshire are soon to announce their squads for this tournament, good luck to our players who are trialling.SUMMER TRAINING - details are contained in update #38.