Busy weekend of fixtures.
- Started with a WY Senior Game, where we only played with 6 players, mostly U16s and many playing out of position! But with amazing effort from the girls, supported by Maggie and Jo, we sneaked a win, by just 2 goals!! Great start to that league, where there are no easy games.
- Sunday saw a couple of junior games fall to Clubs unable to field teams because too many players had caught the same bug. Most of our junior teams who did play, won their games, although U16B beaten by a strong Hudds Giants tea. A couple of very big wins, including a 49-1 for our U12As.
- Sunday’s senior games saw mixed fortunes. Prem travelled over the Pennines to play Tameside, who always field a strong team, battled hard and played well with the final score probably not representing the field of play. Senior Regional won well in their first outing, and with some debuts! Northern League took their second win, this week by 20 goals, but in a match that felt more closely contested.
Netball Nights cup games this week, good luck! Quite a few of our athletes are in the Varsity game this week, which I expect will be closely contested! Lots of our athletes will be appearing for their schools in the first round of the National Schools Competition on Saturday. Sunday is a crazy busy weekend for Juniors, with all squads out, but quiet for seniors with no fixtures at all on Saturday or Sunday. This is good because it gives time for our injured players to recover!
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR JUNIORS
We have had this message from WY Junior League, and been asked to share it with all parents. As a Club, we are responsible for the behaviour of our athletes, so it is really important that everyone reads this message and complies with the request. The WYJNL code of conduct is on their website, it is similar to ours and the England Netball one. Please have a read http://www.netballwestyorkshire.co.uk/standards.html
Hi Club Secretaries, Coaches, Parents and Supporters - Everyone’s support is needed with this matter. We are two weeks into the WYJNL Competition and already we have had two incidents at two different venues whereby parents have spoken to opposition athletes inappropriately. We totally understand it may well be a case of “six of one and half a dozen of the other” as the saying goes and we know as a Committee that parents do have a right to enjoy watching their daughters play and we do consider this when selecting venues. To use venues with just balconies is not possible unless we extend the Junior fixtures till 4pm on a Sunday. Therefore all Parents/Supporters must never harass athletes under any circumstances. Everyone involved in Netball has a Duty of Care and it must be followed or Clubs and athletes will unfortunately suffer the consequences. As a Committee we appreciate all Clubs may have already sent the attached out as part of the new season “Important Information” but it appears it may have not have reached everyone and may not have registered of how important this document is. Thank you for your support and help with this matter. WYJNL Committee
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SENIORS
It is crucial that you each let relevant people know about your availability/unavailability for games, especially on busy weekends otherwise we waste time putting squads out with players who have good reason for not playing and it causes lots of last minute work to get replacement players. Please let Jo Hodgkiss know for WY Seniors, Jan for Northern, Susie for Senior Regional and Francine for Prem. Coaches do expect players to be available for most fixtures, but understand there are some commitments that can’t be changed for netball.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SUNDAY U11s
We have a waiting list for this group, so please don’t just bring friends along as they won’t be able to just join in. Don’t forget that there is an opportunity for training with Leeds Rhinos in Mini Netball for this age group to complement club, or for those on the waiting list as an alternative and to be practising ready to join club. Here is the linkhttp://www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk/events/categories/mininetball/
HALF TERM CAMPS
Rhinos half term camps http://www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk/camps/
and masterclass http://www.leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk/events/masterclass-annacarter/ have been publicised, although not all schools are on half term when these are on. Excellent additional training opportunities to help develop players.
Polite reminder – please wear right kit for training. Black shorts/leggings (not undershorts for U14 and above) and any black top or a LANC blue top. Please only wear undershorts under a dress for U14 and above.
Thanks to all our coaches and volunteers, it continues to be a busy time of year for the administration aspect, booking venues, sorting fees, affiliating players, checking fixtures, restocking kitbags etc etc! Big shout out to our new Team Admins who have kindly taken on the role to support the coach and squads, a crucial role to get people to the right place at the right time etc!
Leeds Athletic Netball Club