Well, Sunday marked the end of the season for many of our squads and athletes, although as we know Netball is an all year around game now, so not everyone is finished! However, it is worth reflecting what has been achieved by our Club during the season so far. Here’s a quick summary:
- WY U11A crowned Hi 5 champions and unbeaten, with our U11B third in the table
- U12A WY champions and unbeaten, with our U12B third in the table and our U12C (who are really U11!) league champs of second division and another unbeaten team!
- U14A & U16 West Yorkshire qualifiers to Regional League and both squads one win away from being unbeaten Regional champions and qualifying for Nationals, with U14B 3rd in the Top WY league (having also supported the U14A with players)
- West Yorkshire Senior SuperLeague champions and unbeaten in this very competitive and high standard senior league
- Top 4 in Senior Regional League
- 3rd in Northern League
- Top half in Netball Nights
- Qualified for Prem play offs to, with a chance to stay in National Premier League 1
- With lots of our U16 playing in the WY/Regional/Northern/Netball Nights squads and many of our U14 players playing Netball Nights
- Trip to Australia planned for 2018 for current U14/16 squads and Disney trip being planned for 2018 for current U12
- money raised for Net10 charity, Easter Egg Raffle and U11 tournament delivered for other local teams
- Representative honours still way too many to mention!!! But…in summary 2 of our athletes in the National Academy, with another 2 identified as “potential”; quite a few athletes in SuperLeague sides; the bulk of the Yorkshire NPL squad from Leeds Athletic and 4 of our athletes in Loughborough Lightning U21 squad. Most of our athletes who are eligible are in RA/RPA/Elite/County/District etc etc!
- And our coaches are also active here, with many having done Yorkshire NPL, Maggie doing LBoro SL Squad, and Anna/Jan doing LBoro U21 squad. Susie got her L2, and some U16 doing their L1 in summer.
Still to come….
Summer Netball Nights league starts May and we have two teams entered to give lots of athletes opportunity; Summer WY Saturday League starts soon; U16 Nationals 29/30 April; Premier League Playoffs 6/7 May; U14 Nationals 27/28 May. Summer tournaments are also being organised for some age groups. And, we are looking to organise Summer training, but not yet sure on detail!
If you are in U14 or over and fancy playing in Netball Nights or WY Summer League, please let Susie or Mark know (addresses on website!).
There are too many people to list to say thank you for the efforts running the club and providing opportunities for so many athletes to develop week in week out. Whilst we know the Club isn’t perfect and doesn’t always meet everyone’s needs, we do also know that we are delivering some great stuff. I am at least going to thank:
- the coaches for their delivery of all the sessions and matches (many senior matches are 12 hour days with the travel, many coaches cover more than one team) with our athletes and all the behind the scenes planning and athlete management that gets players on court each week and helps them develop to fulfil their potential (Anna, Maggie, Jan, John, Rochelle, Becky, Lucy, Mark, Susie, Lisa, Michelle)
- the committee & main age group admin for their tireless work “organising stuff” be that squads, facilities, umpires, match fees, friendlies, safeguarding stuff, CAPS stuff, disputes, website, kit bags, social evenings, club finances, affiliations, registrations etc etc (Mark, Susie, Louise, Helena, Jo, Sian, Jan, Alison, Tim – and Hannah for Netball Nights)
- all parents for their relentless taxi, bank, restaurant and laundry facilities – to name a few
- all the athletes for their hard work and commitment to training and matches!
So let’s all buy tickets for the awards evening to celebrate this wide range of activity and achievement, 19 May, available from your age group admin! Come and support the club and get involved!
Inevitably at this time of the season we have what always seems like more than our fair share of injuries and athletes recovering from longer standing injuries……we know it is hard being “out”, but it is important that you still feel connected to club etc, so we are sending our thoughts to you again with fingers crossed for lots of speedy and sustained recoveries!!!
Code of conduct reminder….
Bit like a broken record, but please think about what you’re saying to athletes/coaches/other parents or the opposition whilst watching, please be respectful and think about the impact a comment can have. As a rule, it is better to say nothing than for one of our athletes to be upset or one of our teams to be penalised and lose points because the opposition complain that we have
Is it all worth it….
As I have said before, I think all those involved in running the club sometimes question why we bother given it takes so much time and effort and sometimes for very little reward. However, days like Sunday can make it all very worthwhile and rewarding for those on and off court! With eleven teams playing on that one day; probably not far off 100 athletes taking to the court, being with their friends doing something they love, learning, performing and smiling; too many goals to count; the majority of teams winning and some with quite dramatic consequences (like Premier qualifying for playoffs by just one goal) and a range of brilliant performances; seeing the pictures on Facebook across the age range from U11 to seniors; the coaches seeing things executed that they’ve been working on all season…….etc etc! You get the picture!
Take the kids to watch the Final Four in Manchester, or the Fast5 in London, or to a SuperLeague game, or enter them into Elite Netball Centres, if you want them to learn more about the game.