A busy Sunday of fixtures, although some unfortunately postponed because of leaks in roofs! The U16s and U14s both played against Malton U14s and U16s in their sixth match of the Junior Yorkshire Regional League. Convincing wins for both teams 14s 58-16 and 16s 68-11. Three more games each to play in this league, two more wins will confirm a place in National Club Finals where the best 18 teams in the country play tournament netball over two days. It is getting exciting! The U16 and U14 West Yorkshire teams had their games postponed due to a leak in the ceiling at Huddersfield University.
Birkenshaw Belles U12 will have slept well coming up against our super U12(1) who beat them 66-3 which might be a league record! Belles were positive and didn’t give up though, so credit to them. U12(2) played YMCA coming out with a resounding 21-13 win. The U12(3) faced Huddersfield Giants (1) resulting in a narrow loss of two goals. A very smart photo on Facebook of our U12(4) team today despite their loss 14-8 to Yorkshire Terriers. These photos are setting new standards! In Hi5 an experienced YMCA team turned up to beat our Hi5(2) 30-2 keep trying girls. The Hi5 (1) girls played Twinkles losing 7-10 – but let’s remember these athletes are young!
Moving into seniors, there was an excellent win for our Senior Regional team comprising of players all 18 and under who beat Sheffield Open 52-44. Lots of experience on their side versus agility and speed on ours. Superb achievement, leaving us second in the table with one game to play and all to play for, let’s go! The Northern squad travelled to the East coast to play Hull Chevrons but were thwarted by another leaking sports hall as the match was called off by the umpire due to safety concerns. Two games left and in second place in the league. Finally our Prem Squad had a very early start and facing a very strong Turnford side and only coming up 7 goals short. Importantly though, our Prem squad have secured enough points to stay up in Prem 1 for next season, which is excellent.
Wider netball update
Lots going on as usual! Some of our former players preparing for important BUCS Semi Finals this week. Looks an interesting draw and should be some good games. Plenty to follow in Superleague and Australia/NZ as there is a build up to the World Cup. Quite a few of our players are preparing for National Schools Finals this weekend, in Hertfordshire, let’s hope that the weather improves and we don’t add to our injury tally!
Rhinos U19 squad, which had ten of our players in it on Saturday, notched up an excellent win against Mavericks. In possibly an unprecedented situation, the Rhinos vs Mavs one goal win in December was disallowed because of an error in the scoring. Despite an appeal, Rhinos had to replay the game last weekend, so it was a high stakes game. Rhinos played well and secured a nine goal victory, which was a great result and leaves Rhinos 4th in the table. Good luck to those in NPL comps this next few weeks at u19 and U21.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WYJNL COLLEAGUES
We are putting this message out literally as it has been sent to us, given its importance. Coaches will talk to athletes about this at sessions this week, and there will be a reminder on Facebook. This advice does tie in with our code of conduct in our handbook, and the images in there, here is a link: https://www.leedsathleticnetballclub.org.uk/club-info.html
Dear Club Contacts
The WYJNL Committee are constantly working to improve the development of netball in our County. As we are all involved in clubs ourselves we are aware of the challenges you face with not only developing players technically and tactically but also in educating players, team officials/bench players and parents/supporters on acceptable and unacceptable behaviours on match day. We appreciate you as Club leads may not always be at matches and this could mean match day responsibilities may fall on others involved in your clubs.
Respecting umpires is not a request it is essential. Below is some important information that we need you to share with your players, team officials/bench players and parents/supporters. Further information and more details can be found in the INF rule book 2018 Edition.
1. Players on court are expected to respond to rulings made by the umpires and adjust their play accordingly. Please remind players;
a. A caution (followed by a penalty) is the umpire advising a player that the behaviour specified must change.
b. A player who does not change her behaviour after a caution will be issued with a warning. Warnings may be given even if no caution has been issued.
c. A suspension of 2 minutes will follow a warning if the behaviour specified doesn’t change. In the case of dangerous play or misconduct a player may be suspended without a warning if the umpire considers the action justified.
d. A player who is ordered off will take no further part in the match. While this normally follows a suspension or warning this is not prerequisite if the umpire considers such action is justified.
2. Team Officials and Bench Players must not;
a. Criticise the umpires or their decisions.
b. Use offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.
c. Use excessive noise or interruption.
d. Encourage foul play by on-court players.
Team officials and bench players can be given a Caution, Warning and umpires can give an Order for the person’s removal from the playing enclosure.
The WYJNL insist that parents/supporters must not approach the umpire during or after a fixture however a player with a coach or captain can approach the umpire at quarter times for clarification.
As a further issue, please be reminded that photography and videos including the opposition are not allowed unless prior permission has been granted by the opposition, both umpires and the league. At least one week notice must be given to allow the necessary communication to be made. As parents and players all you have to do is ask Susie Stead or your team admin to obtain the permissions for you, that is one e mail. Please do not cause embarrassment by turning up with your camera on the day and expect to be given the go ahead.
And finally, some of these things might seem onerous or condescending, but they are usually there for good reason, such as safeguarding or recruiting and retaining volunteers. If clubs don’t comply with these expected standards, then teams could lose points or be asked to leave leagues. Sorry!
Leeds Athletic Netball Club