Archive for October, 2015

Turnford National Prem One Side Secure Nailbiting Win


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Last weekend Turnford welcomed top of the table New Cambell to our home court for the first match up of the season between the two teams. And what an exciting match it was. With a depleted squad, Turnford arrived at Wodson Park perhaps a little apprehensive. Once again GS Georgina Fisher and WA Hannah Joseph were unavailable due to other England Duties and GK Hayley Mackellar was out injured. But Turnford are in the enviable position of being able to pull up players from the very strong regional squad. Zara Everitt, Emily Gulvin and Laura O’Mahoney stepped up to the mark, eager to play their part.

Every player dug deep in what can only be described as a fantastic display of quality netball. Turnford took a lead from the start with the accurate shooting from player of the match Ann-Marie Dwyer and a tighter than tight defensive pairing ensuring we had pulled away by 7 goals in the third quarter. With only one pair of fresh legs on the bench it would be hard to maintain this intensity through to the final whistle. But Turnford showed fantastic heart and continued to work hard as a team and when that whistle blew we had taken the game 52:51.

(Editors Note: Being lucky enough to watch this encounter I can only say that Amo’s shooting was on fire – she was queen of the long bomb!)

Coach Danielle Titmuss stated how proud she was of the hard working squad. They certainly entertained the many supporters (huge thanks as always to the Black and Yellow Family).

Our squad consisted of Ann-Marie Dwyer, Holly Sim, Emily Gulvin, Kathryn Titmuss, Zara Everitt, Laura O’Mahoney, Sam May and Bea Skingsley.

It was an all round winning weened with the regional squad adding another win to their list on Saturday beating Hatfield 44:31. They remain unbeaten and top of the table.

A Winning Weekend for Turnford Regional & National Sides


This past weekend saw two big matches for the senior teams of Turnford, with the Regional team facing MK Netters and the National Prem 1 side facing Hucculcote. Both teams emerged victorious and maintain strong positions in their respective leagues.

Turnford 45 V MK Netters 23

The regional game against MK Netters kicked off the weekend’s competition on Saturday. All squad members were on fire from when they first took to the court. The defence can only be described as truly awesome with turnaround after turnaround from Beth Hatherly, Zara Everitt and Laura O’Mahoney – feeding through from centre court to the shooters. Lottie Morrison (player of the match given by the opposition) slotting them in one after the other.

Jasmine Hatherly, a game player taking what ever bib she is given and playing each role equally with grit and determination, captained well encouraging the whole squad. Holly Peck also added to the defensive play intercepting many balls working well with Georgia Satwick to feed back into the attacking half.

Turnford took the game 45 – 23.

Head Coach Carole Titmuss stated how proud she was of the great team effort making this 3 out of 3 wins.

The squad consisted of: Lottie Morrison(POM), Jasmine Hatherly(C), Georgia Satwick, Holly Peck, Laura O’Mahoney, Zara Everitt, Beth Hatherly, Jasmine Bowman and Scarlett Barnes.

The latest results and fixtures from this league can be found here and the latest league table – in which Turnford currently sit second can be found here.

Turnford 58 v Hucclecote 40

Sunday was the turn of the National Prem One team and Turnford travelled to Gloucester to play Huccelcote in round three of this top flight league. Turnford knew they had to win this game to secure a mid table position. They needed to start the game strong and this they did. The starting 7 of Georgina Fisher, Holly Sims, Hannah Joseph, Kathryn Titmuss (c), Sarah Davis, Sam May and Bea Skingsley, were able to take an early 10-4 lead but with a few missed shots and errors that Hucclecote capitalised on, the first quarter finished 14-14.

Coach Danielle Titmuss made no changes to the second quarter and Turnford found their rhythm finishing off the first half leading 32-24. In the third quarter K. Titmuss moved to WD, Hayley Mackeller came on as GK and Turnford extended their lead – driven by strong turnovers from defensive unit Mackeller, May and Titmuss that Fisher and Sims found easy to convert. The quarter ended with Turnford holding an 11 goal lead.

It was important to stay focused and finish strongly in the final quarter and this is just what Turnford achieved, doing what they set out to do, taking the game and more importantly 5 points. Final score 40-58 to Turnford. The team now sit 5th in the league. The latest standings can be viewed here.

The squad consisted of Georgina Fisher, Holly Sims, Hannah Joseph, Kathryn Titmuss (cptn), Sarah Davis, Sam May, Bea Skingsley (POM), Hayley Mackeller, and Emily Gulvin.

The team really benefit from the support of the wider Turnford family so please take a look at the season schedule here and come along and cheer them on!

Our Own Rose becomes a life member of the Roses


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Turnford member Charlotte Rose was recently appointed to the England Netball Board and at the recent 2015 Goalden Globe Awards was made an Honorary Life Member. She is one of the youngest members to achieve this at the grand old age of 24. This award was given to her for the work and commitment she has given to youth, not just with our club, but also as Chair of the Youth Advisory Group within England Netball.

Charlotte is a Level 2 coach and is currently coaching the Year 3 age group at Turnford. She helped to launch the Hertfordshire Youth Netball Group and is currently a PE teacher at St Albans School.

Turnford Head Coach, Carole Titmuss, asked Charlotte to share her thoughts on receiving this award. “It is something I was aiming for in about 40 years,” said Charlotte Rose. “To say the least I am in shock. Being an honorary life member is an absolute privilege and I will continue with my work within youth netball as it is something that I am truly passionate about”

Everyone at the club is incredibly proud of you Charlotte!