Archive for January, 2016

England Call-Ups for Four of Turnford’s Finest



At Turnford our motto is W.I.N. This is not, as it might first appear about winning at all costs, its about the ethos we live by, and the way we train our squads. The initials stand for:

Work hard, with Intensity and Never give up – W.I.N.

This attitude to netball (and indeed life) flows through everything we do, and we are so proud of the way our teams take it on board, and of the success they achieve. With this in mind we are delighted to be able to highlight FOUR members of our family, whose amazing work ethic and talent have led to exciting England Netball Call-ups.

Firstly our player call-ups. All three of these athletes play a vital role in Turnford’s National Prem One Squad.

Senior England Squad:

George Fisher – Reserve for the England V Australia Test Series and selected for the England High Performance Programme

Hannah Joseph – First cap achieved playing in the final England test V Australia and selected for the England High Performance Programme

U17 England Squad:

Zara Everitt – Selected for the U17 England squad to contest Netball Europe in March 2016 and selected for the National Academy Programme

Here’s what Coach Dannii Titmuss had to say about these three athletes:

“George and Zara are both examples of what hard work can achieve. Although 17 and 16 respectively, they already play key roles in Turnford’s National Prem squad. Both athletes train incredibly hard and are dedicated to their netball – often going above and beyond what is expected. Neither are satisfied with being a “good” player, and that mentality contributes to them becoming great players. They are still in the early stages of their netball careers and it is exciting to see them continue to develop. We look forward to watching them perform on an international stage over the coming season!”

“Hannah has been a great addition to Turnford this year. Her work ethic and desire to become the best athlete she can be perfectly matches the ethos of the club. It has been great to see Hannah develop over the season and we are incredibly proud of Hannah’s recent call up to the Senior Squad. We were both excited and proud to watch her take the court in the Red Dress in the England vs Australia Test Series.”

England Selector:

Dannii Titmuss – Turnford’s National Prem One Coach has been appointed as a selector for the National Academy Programme, responsible for selecting athletes at U17 and U19 level.

Here’s what Turnford’s Head Coach, Carole Titmuss, had to say about Dannii:

“Turnford are very proud of Danielle’s recent appointment as National Academy Selector. She is passionate about netball and the development of performance athletes. In a club environment she has incredibly high standards for the athletes and sets an example of working hard to achieve success, which the athletes follow. She is an asset to the club and forms part of a dedicated group of coaches who strive to get the best out of all the athletes they work with.”

The entire Turnford family is extremely proud of George, Hannah, Zara and Dannii. They are all fantastic role models for everyone that wears the Black and Yellow!

Turnford Tornado Produces Wins Across the Board


If you missed the weather report this morning then you would not have heard about the Turnford Tornado that swept the country this weekend! The Turnford squads were absolutely on FIRE with wins in all senior divisions we contested – National Prem 1, Regional and Herts League Divisions One, Two and Three.

Prem 1 – Turnford 67 – Hucclecote 37

After a run of solid team performances, Turnford faced bottom placed Hucclecote this week and were focused on securing a strong 5-point win. With Hannah Joseph missing on international duty, it was an opportunity to give National Premier League experience to our upcoming players, with Georgia Satwick and Laura O’Mahony being invited into the squad.

A quick start by the black and yellow side saw the squad take an early 5-1 lead. However rather than push on, the team relaxed and slowed pace, allowing Hucclecote back into the game with some poor passing errors. Defensively Turnford were strong, with Titmuss making the first interception in the opening minute, and the back pair of Skinsley and Everitt linking well in the circle to limit the shooting opportunities. Turnford finished the quarter on top 13-11.

The introduction of Dwyer was the change the game needed to kick Turnford into second gear. The attacks movement was more definite and with Davis helping the ball through court, Gulvin and Titmuss were able to accurately feed from circle edge. Dwyer and Fisher both rewarded their teams’ efforts with some great shooting. Turnford were able to pull away and extend their lead, taking the quarter 20-10.

Changes at half time saw the introduction of McKellar at GK, O’Mahony at WD and Sims to WA. It was a slow start as the Turnford side found their feet, with 4 goals going unanswered by the black and yellow squad. However, a goal by Fisher started again the scoring frenzy, with the attacking unit of Sims, Titmuss, Fish and Dwyer scoring off their centres. O’Mahony and McKellar were able to get many hands to balls, but it was Skinsley who was stealing the show (and the ball) as she committed to taking flying interceptions. The Hucclecote attack struggled laboriously to get the ball to their circle, and Turnford finished the quarter 17-6.

More changes in the last quarter, as Satwick came to WA and Gulvin to C. With 5 of the squad under 20 it was great to see the young Turnford side still push on, playing with experience beyond their years. Satwick grew throughout the quarter, with some fabulous feeds, as she linked well with youth teammate Fisher and ex-regional teammate Gulvin. Turnford sealed their victory by winning the quarter 17-10

Coach Dannii Titmuss said, “After a shaky start, it was good to see the squad compose themselves and push on. This is something we have been working on, our ability to gain and increase a lead, it was good to see the whole squad out there working towards that. Each week we are improving as a team and our confidence continues to grow. It was great to give the opportunity to home grown players Satwick and O’Mahony, and for them to fit so seamlessly into the squad. I was also impressed with the blend of experience and youth in the squad, and our ability to win every quarter – it highlights the depth within our squad and the club. Our next target is consistency across the quarters, to be strong from the start of every quarter. We look forward to playing New Cambell next week – we beat them by one last time and we hope to extend that score line on our away visit”.

Final Score: 67-37 Turnford
Player of the Match: Kat Titmuss

Turnford Squad: George Fisher, Holly Sims, Ann-Marie Dwyer, Emily Gulvin, Georgia Satwick, Kat Titmuss, Sarah Davis, Laura O’Mahony, Zara Everitt, Bea Skinsley, Hayley McKellar.
Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dwyer

And The Turnford Wins Just Kept on Coming:


Divison 1: Turnford v Hatfield Hawks

Turnford took the win 39:35POM Lottie Morrison

Hertfordshire League:

Division 1: Turnford V Nomads 1

Turnford took the win 50:35POM Izzy Stibbs

Division 2: Turnford v Omega 2

Turnford took the win 51-41POM Lucy Millbery & Emily Sabatino

Divison 3: Turnford v Hatfield Doves

Turnford took the win 50-44POM Courtney Ferns

A huge well done to all of the squads: – HARD WORK PAYS OFF

And a huge Turnford Shout out to our very own Hannah Joseph who deservedly took to the court for England against Australia last night at the Copperbox – the whole club is so proud of you Hannah.

Prem 1 Round Match Report: Turnford 45 Oldham 51


Turnford travelled to Manchester this weekend to play top of the table, Oldham. Rivals all the way from Junior level and with both teams at full strength, Turnford were excited to play this established premier side. Having improved the scoreline on every outing against the blue and red team, Turnford went into the game fuelled with positivity. A thrilling start to the game saw the two sides neck and neck for most of the 1st quarter, a couple of Turnford attacking errors were punished by Oldham, who finished the quarter 14-10 in the lead.

A positional change from Turnford saw a much more composed quarter from the black and yellow side. The defence built in this quarter with Skinsley and Titmuss able to limit the Oldham attack outside the circle, and great rebounding from McKellar meant Turnford were able to deliver the ball into the attack, scoring off most of the teams turnovers. Turnford drew the quarter 13 all.

Changes from both sides in the third quarter saw a injection of pace to the game. Turnford’s attack began to connect well on centre passes. With the fast movement and speed of ball from Joseph, Gulvin and Sims the attack were able to feed Fisher with ease. Again the quarter was close but Oldham pipped ahead taking the quarter 12-10.

Turnford went all guns blazing into the last quarter with a “never give up attitude” and some phenomenal netball was played. Turnford were able to take ball against a very physical side and deliver it successfully to Fisher. Davis’s movement through court enabled the attack to stay deep in the court and Turnford could maintain most of the possession. The black and yellow side were clawing back the scoreline taking into to within 2 at times – unfortunately time got the better of the Turnford side and the teams drew the final quarter 12 all.

Final score: Turnford 45 Oldham 51

Coach Dannii Titmuss said, β€œAlthough it was incredibly disappointing to get so close and not come away with the additional points, Turnford will take confidence from this game. It was a great game of netball and to be within 6 against the top of the table is a very respectable score. We continue to improve as a squad, and every time we play the top flight teams the results are closer. We will continue to work hard in training this week and look to take 5 points on our next fixture against Hucclecote on 24th Jan”

Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, George Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Hannah Joseph, Kat Titmuss, Sarah Davis, Bea Skinsley, Hayley McKellar. Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dwyer