Roses make history!
Did you make the effort to wake up at 6am to see the amazing come back from England v Jamaica on Saturday? It was well worth it for the tense final stage alone, and to see Leeds Athletic’s Nat Haythornthwaite, who was coached by Anna for all her early career, lift the team making an outstanding impact on the game. Then the 4am on Sunday the final WOW.
Congratulations to our talented England Roses we should be so proud of their GOLD MEDAL winning performance against world number ones Australia on their home ground. It has been coming, the England performance pathway has been developing our young talent, it is now starting to produce results. From beating New Zealand in the early rounds, coming top of the group and never giving up when facing Jamaica in the semis and then Australia they have been fabulous, well done England Roses.
So “the tables have turned”, “history has been made”, “gamechanging moment for netball in England”, “one of THE moments of the Commonwealth Games”…..are just some of the phrases that have been mentioned. This is an amazing platform for the game to increase its professional approach, and really be able to inspire even more athletes, not least in the run up to the Word Cup in Liverpool next year. The media profile is incredible.
There were two wins for our Netball Nights squads on Wednesday. First up was NNA a challenging match v Thundercats with an eventual score line of 39-26. NNB beat Shooting Stars in a close one 21-20 an amazing result for mainly U14 athletes, thanks to Molly Dexter supporting the young guns by playing this week. On Sunday the U14 and U16 teams hosted a friendly at GSAL for Nationals preparation against Oldham, organised by Libby Hodgkiss.
There are a variety of arrangments for training for the next few weeks, which will be confirmed group by group.
End of Season Event
Behind the scenes Michelle Barker-Field and helpers are planning a fabulous end of season celebration on Friday 22nd June. Get tickets from your team admin as soon as possible. Last year was a great success so don’t miss out.
More information about trials will be out soon but the trial dates will be as follows at LBU, hold the date for now!
Lots of our players have been involved in matches for Loughborough, Yorkshire, Wasps and NPL this weekend (U19s), well done all those involved from Leeds Athletic. Leeds Rhinos Netball including lots of LANC players travelled to St Albans this week, to play Mavericks with a mixture of results in the three age groups a great experience for all concerned travelling on the team bus, having the Superleague experience right down to the mascot “Sparkle”.
Supporters are welcome to watch at Club Nationals U16, it is only at Nottingham University this year, great to see the 18 best clubs in the country compete to become the top performance club in England. It is the last weekend in April.
Super League games start back next weekend, there is a “Manchester Live” game where we can get group tickets, plus a range of other matches. The Super League App is the best place to get this info.
Tickets will be released this week for spectator packages only, opening and closing weekends and full week options are available which include accommodation. Hold on for individual ticket release or offer to volunteer.
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