Another quiet week in our league matches. Prem travelled to Worcester setting off at the crack of dawn unfortunately losing by 9 goals after a bit of a second half fight back but not enough. Battle to avoid relegation still alive at this stage of the season. Squad missed Anna this week, but thanks to Lauren for stepping up as player/coach/captain!
Northern continued on their unbeaten run, winning away in a top of the table clash against Hull Chevrons 44-34. This young team largely U18s coached by Jan Hemsley are league leaders with a goal difference of 357 from 13 matches, in second place Chevrons have a goal difference of 114!!!
Our U11s had a great training session this morning, preparing for a Club Tournament in April, thanks to Becky and Mark.
The U14 West Yorkshire team beat Fusion an amazing 27-7. Well done and thanks Libby. Our Netball Nights team had a tough draw in the cup on Wednesday v Leeds Lightning but came through with a win 39-33, thanks and well done Mark. Thanks to Rochelle and Sasha for guest appearances and Sian for organising!
There was friendly activity too at Ponds Forge, an intense battle for three of our teams against Charnwood Rutland from Loughborough. U14 had guest appearances, some from the U12 squad who did themselves proud in a contest against older athletes but narrowly lost. As with all friendlies the experience and learning is greater than the outcome. Thank you to Lisa Head for coaching. U16B won 51-30 all players took to court and dominated from start to finish. U16A won 57-49. It was a venture in to top level competition and a taste of what will be faced at National Clubs, five players from the opposition were from U19 Loughborough Lightning NPL. Thanks to Maggie for coaching.
Nine league matches scheduled for Sunday 4th March plus a friendly for the U16A away at Bury and U14A away at Grangetown both are tri matches v Bury and Grangetown. These friendlies are essential in the run up to National finals to prepare our players for the challenges ahead, the Regional competition does not currently provide this level of competition.
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Jan will take seniors at LBU with U16s at GSAL as usual.
In the Vitality Superleague this week watch live or televised on Monday 26th February 7pm, Loughborough Lightning at home (Leicester Arena) v Manchester Thunder. Our Leeds Athletic players and coaches will be in action again Rosie Harris, Anya Wood, Brie Grierson, Maggie Birkinshaw and Anna Carter.
Loughborough Lightning are in action again at home v Wasps on Saturday 3rd March 6pm, including an U21 game against Wasps which will see our current and former players on both sides!
Tickets are now on sale for the Fast Five competition on the 13th October at the Copper Box London. The defending champions Loughborough Lightning will fight it out against the top seven teams from the Vitality Superleague competition.
Leeds Athletic player Natalie Haythornthwaite has been selected again for the England squad travelling to Australia in April for her first opportunity to play at the Commonwealth games. Well done Nat and congratulations from everyone.
Lots of good work is being done behind the scenes to make the Leeds Athletic tour to the Gold Coast the trip of a lifetime. Thanks to Mariana and for driving this initiative forward, Louise Boocock for researching kit, Mark Boocock for arranging finances and Lucy Ducker for arranging the additional itinerary.
And finally, best wishes to those recovering from illness or injury. It is that busy time of year when athletes get tired and need recovery. And best of luck to those in final stages of school netball competitions, we have players at a number of schools between the ISNC Semis this week and National Schools mid March!
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