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When You Believe, You Achieve – U14’s take Bronze at National Champs



Only a few weeks have passed since the U16 National Champs and Turnford’s achievement of 3rd best U16 team in the country. But last weekend it was the turn of the U14s to show everyone what they were made of, and the team travelled up to Newcastle for the U14 National Club Championships.

Turnford was one of two clubs representing the East Region having won the regional round back in March. All in all, 18 teams from 9 regions would be competing. The best of the best from the entire country.

The weekend’s competition started on Saturday with two matches which would dictate their grouping for the afternoon. In their first match Turnford met neighbouring Essex Open. The squad put into action all of their hard work and training, allowing them to a make a strong start with a 15-7 win, next up was Jersey Jets and again Turnford showed they were going to be a force to be reckoned with, with a 19-12 win.


This meant that Turnford finished top in their group and were due to play Sussex Royals and Rutland Rockets in the afternoon’s regrouping. Turnford again dominated the group winning both games with wins of 26-14 and 25-4 respectively. At the end of day one, Turnford had secured a precious place in the top six and were due to play Tameside and MSN (Mid Sussex) the following morning.

First up were eventual winners Tameside. With a disappointing loss, Turnford knew they had to beat Mid Sussex to enable them play for 3rd or 4th position. They played with passion and took the win 20-14. Last up was Leeds, and the fight for the coveted bronze medals. Turnford were slow to start allowing Leeds to take a 5-0 lead. With consistent turnovers from Turnford defence they stormed back into the game, with Leeds not scoring at all in the second quarter. The girls battled to the end to come away victorious with a 15-10 win and the title of 3rd best U14 team in the county!!

Coach Kat Titmuss said “I am so proud of the squad and their achievement – they proved that hard work really does pay off.”

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The team would also like to thank everyone that travelled to newcastle to support them, all of the extended coaching team (Carole, Danni and Nat) but most importantly their head coach Kat!

Nationals Squad: Ella Warmerdam, Nikki Skinner, Busola Femi-Gureje, Lucy Millbery, Evie Herrick, Katy Harris, Andriana Robinson, Emily Sabatino, Abbie Bromley, Courtney Ferns, Katherine Wingfield.

Turnford Juniors Triumph With Another Winning Weekend


The arrival of Summer means one thing for the junior netballers of Turnford – its Tournament Season! And a couple of weekends ago the girls had a bumper weekend with no less than 4 different tournaments underway for the various age groups. Once again it was a winning weekend with 6 winning teams across the 4 Tournaments. Below are the reports from the Turnford coaches.


Two different tournaments were underway on the Saturday with the U11s travelling to High Wycombe and the U14’s to Cranfield. Both teams were victorious!

High Wycombe U11
Only having seven players there was no room for a breather or a let up on standard of play. To add to this the day was organised as one on and one off for the duration of play. This young squad were a credit to Turnford showing maturity and skill beyond there young age.

They worked hard for each other and won against all teams in their section beating Chelts 17:0, Aylesbury A 18:0, Butlers Court 18:0, Newbury Blue 12:1, Woodley B 10:0, GXF 5:1,High Wycombe Blue 14:2 and High Wycombe Red 12:2 . The magnificence of the defence of player of the tournament Akinyemi Peace , Sophie Lennon and Mia Andrews can be clearly seen only allowing 6 goals passed them throughout.

In the quarter finals they met with High Wycombe White, but once again they were no match for this talented side and Turnford took the game 10:1. They met with Woodley A in the finals and by this time the players had given there all. But, they dug deep and took the match 7:6. They can feel rightfully proud of wearing the winners medals.

The squad consisted of Bella Baylis, Abi Hockney, Mia Andrews, Sophie Lennon, Akinyemi Peace, Neave Wilson and Hannah Parkinson.

Cranfield U14


The squad first faced midland based teams Ryland and Nottingham winning both 8-4 and 12-0 respectively. Outstanding through court play from Abbie Bromley, Katie Harris and Evie Herrick led the team to the next two victories of 16-0 against MK Netters and 14-1 against Hatfield. This secured their place in the semi finals against Futureprint from which they sailed into the finals with a 10-1 win. Again this talented Turnford team showed they were a class above the rest winning the finals against hosts Cranfield 13-1. The outstanding defending from Lucy Millbery, Ella Warmerdam and Busola Femi-Gureje meant the squad only conceded seven goals all day.

The squad consisted of Abbie Bromley, Katie Harris, Evie Herrick, Nikki Skinner, Lucy Millbery, Ella Warmerdam, Busola Femi-Gureje, Andriana Robinson, Emily Sabatino and Courtney Ferns.


Sunday was just as busy with a large contingent of Turnford Juniors heading down the M11 to Newhall School for the Chelmsford Tournament and the U12B team participating in the St Albans Tournament.

First to the U12 B team – who won both the St Albans Tournament and the St Albans League – well done girls!


Chelmsford Tournament


The teams of Turnford were out in force for the Chelmsford Tournament with squads from U11, U12, U13, U14 and U15 participating. This tournament is a round robin format with a large number of teams competing on a very hot day – so all teams had to dig deep and work exceptionally hard. The U12 and U15 teams had a great day with many winning games but were unfortunately unable to obtain the overall win on this occasion. However the U11, U13 and U14 all Won their age groups – making it a double winning weekend for both the U11 and U14 teams! Outstanding work by all.

The u11s were in fine form following their victory the previous day, beginning with an 11-0 win against Redbridge and a 5-0 win against Essex. The next game saw Turnford face local rivals Hornets but Turnford’s play was too quick for their opposition and Turnford came out with a 10-3 victory. Further wins against Braintree 10-0, Flames 9-1 and Chelmsford 12-3 followed. Strong through court play from Tianna Quartey, Neave Wilson, Emily Squires and Hannah Parkinson saw Turnford take the game 13-1 against Conquerors. Kats Savannah who were lying in 2nd place was their next challenge but dominant defence from Sophie Lennon, Mia Andrews and Peace Akinyemi meant their opposition could only score 3, and Turnford took the game 10-3. Superb shooting from Marcie Howell, Abby Hockney and Bella Baylis gave Turnford a 16-0 victory against Saffron Hawkes and an 8-1 victory against Redbridge to finish the day undefeated.

The U13 Turnford squad swept aside all opposition put before them at last Sundays Chelmsford tournament. The strength of this squad improves week on week. With accurate shooting from Sienna Rushton and Evie Pringle slotting them in one after the other. They were fed well from the dynamic speed of the centre court displayed by Megan Thomas, Courtney Ferns and Abi Clarke but special mention must be made of the tight defending of Jasmine Harvey-stone (Player of the tournament), Emily Carter and Frankie Baylis, allowing very few balls passed them.


They beat Tegate 15:2, Chelmsford 13:4, Woodley 4:3, Essex Open 7:4, Asco 17:1, Poole 6:5, Mid Sussex 13:1, Flames 7:2, Conquerors 9:2, Kats 18:1 and Braintree 8:1. Turnford showed a goal difference of 91. This was truly an excellent display of mature netball showing grit and determination throughout the day. This squad will certainly be a force to be reckoned with at next years U14 national club championship.


After their awesome performance on Saturday, the U14 were back at it the next day. This was a round robin with 10 games played. The squad won 9 and drew 1 meaning again they did the double win weekend.

Scores were Chelmsford 10-1, MSN 8-8, Flames 12-1, Conquerors 11-0, Eastwood 8-3, Yendys 9-2, Tegate 9-1, Kats 20-0, Saffron Hawks 8-4, Braintree 9-2.

This sets the U14s up brilliantly with 4 tournament wins from 4 played as they go into Nationals in Newcastle this weekend. We know you are going to do amazingly girls and follow the Turnford way:

Work hard, with Intensity and Never give up!

Hard Work Pays Off – U16 Take Bronze At Nationals



Match report from Head Coach, Carole Titmuss

The national journey started at the Hertfordshire rounds progressing via the regional rounds to take their place at the National Finals at the Redbridge Sports Centre in Essex, two weekends ago. From over 100 clubs that took part, Turnford proudly took their place in the final 18, being one of the two teams that represented the East of England.

The team had a superb tournament. Saturday saw us win 4 out of 4 games played. Beating Oaksway from Hartlepool 58:25, Woodley from Berkshire 32:22, Sleaford Barge from Lincolnshire 54:15, Oldham 39:23. This put us comfortably through on the Sunday to play for a top six position. The pooling system saw Turnford in a group with Thameside from the north and Telstars from Kent.

The first match against Tameside was a close encounter, with Tameside taking the match by only three goals 34:37. Despite a strong win against Telstars 37:22, This meant that we were now playing for third and fourth position and the opportunity of a bronze medal.

Turnford were back on top winning form against Leeds Athleting in the play off for 3/4, taking the game by a huge margin 43:21. Turnford can take some consolation in knowing that they had comfortably beaten the eventual winners.

Quote from Head Coach Carole Titmuss: I have been with this squad since they were eight years of age, and am so proud of not just this national tournament but their complete journey through the Junior section of Turnford Netball Club. to where they are now. They are a credit to both club and parents.

Editor’s Note: The girls and their parents would also like to thank Coach Carole and the wider coaching team for all of their efforts and hard work with the team!

Pic shows National Finalists.

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Niamh Burns, Zara Everitt, Abbie Hackett, Amba Gooden, Rebecca Palmer, Esme Scott-Hewitt, Izzy Stibbs, Georgia Satwick, Georgina Fisher (Cptn) Jasmine Bowman and Emily Carrington