Archive for February, 2016

Turnford Players Participate In Successful World Record Attempt with England Netball



To celebrate England Netball’s 90th Anniversary, from Feb 12th to Feb 15th over 1300 netballers from across the country took part in the Largest Ever Netball Exhibition Match. This match was played for 90 consecutive hours (with over 7000 goals scored) at Play On Sports in London. As well as attempting to break a Guinness World Record, the event was taking place in aid of Sport Relief and so far in excess of £20,000 has been raised. You can read more about the entire event and the amazing World Record achievement here.

Turnford are delighted that a number of our girls took part in this event at different times. First up were our U14s Courtney Ferns and Tobi Unuefa. On Feb 14th a call went out over twitter for netballers to come help with the challenge during the 2am to 7am slot on the 15th as there was a concern that there would not be enough participants and the world record would be lost. Both eager to be on a netball court at any opportunity, Courtney and Tobi stepped up to the mark and offered to help.

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And this is how we found ourselves in Hackney, London at 1.30am on Monday morning!! Thankfully it was halfterm so the girls knew they could get to their beds straight after. The girls were scheduled to participate in the 2-4am slot but amazingly the wonderful netball community had answered the call in fab numbers and there were more athletes than needed for the 2am slot. So we sat and watched the 2am slot -ready for the girls to take part from 3-4am.

When they took to the court, it was with a wide variety of players, male and female and all definitely older than our girls! And with that the fun began. The music was pumping and the teams were enjoying themselves immensely. So much so that when it came to the end of the hour, and they were asked if they could carry on they happily agreed. In the end, Courtney and Tobi played 3 consecutive hours of netball with no breaks. Great job girls!


(Photo Credit: Ayesha Mayy)

Courtney had this to say: “We were only supposed to play for one hour and in the end we played for three. It didn’t seem that long at all though because we had so much fun. The most fun part was when Tobi and I were teamed up in defence and decided to use the hoist and the chair lift. I am also really proud to be a world record holder with all of the other players and to have helped raised money for Sport Relief.”

At 6am, the girls left the court and at 9am it was the turn of Turnford girls Aimee Hatley and Izzy Stibbs. Aimee and Izzy were there with the East Regional Academy. They played for two hours against both their own academy and a Sussex team. They played for 2 1/2 hours and again the time flew by with much fun ensuing on the court. By now the defensive lifts were becoming a trend!!

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Aimee had this to say. “It was really good taking part because as you were playing you knew you were doing something good for other people while enjoying yourself. It was a great day.”

Turnford is so proud of all of these girls and delighted they were part of such an amazing event. England Netball is still encouraging those who are inspired to show their support by donating via its official Sport Relief giving page.

Sport Relief is back from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March

It’s All About The Team as Turnford Topple Bath


Prem 1: Turnford 75 Team Bath 63

EDITORS NOTE: More often than not I try to headline these posts with some witty or clever words. But as I thought about this week’s Prem 1 match up against Team Bath I realised there was no need for it. This match was all about working for the team. Every single player battled from end to end. They lived our ethos (W.I.N – Work Hard with Intensity and Never give up) and it paid off. With a number of Turnford Juniors in the crowd this team showed what role models they are.

Match Report

Turnford hosted Team Bath in their recent Prem League fixture, with much was at stake. Team Bath are fighting the relegation zone where a win would help make them safe and Turnford knew if they were to win this fixture they would be secure for another season in Prem 1, with 3 games to go. Turnford, missing Joseph through Superleague, had the opportunity to include youngsters Satwick and Hatley in the squad.

Having lost in their last meeting (a very poor first quarter left a mountain too big to climb, despite an amazing second half come back) Turnford were keen to right this wrong. However, a slow start out of the blocks saw Turnford trailing 2-5 within the first few minutes. As the squad began to wake, so did the score line and fantastic defensive pressure in the back third by Skinsley, Everitt and Davis enabled Turnford to win ball and claw back to 8-8. Turnford began to show more diligence in the attack and goal machine Fisher pushed on the score taking it to 14-12. The quarter then went goal for goal in what was set for a fierce game with both shooters exceling for their teams. Quarter score 17-16.

Some quarter time changes saw the introduction of Gulvin and her injection of pace in the attacking third saw an easier delivery of ball to the shooters. Again though, some connection errors saw Team Bath creep back onto the scoreboard. Applied pressure from the Turnford defensive unit – Skinsley, Everitt, Davies and Titmuss – forced errors in Team Bath’s attacking combination, allowing us to win turnover ball. A mid quarter change of Dwyer and Fisher saw Turnford score the next 5 goals with some excellent long range feeding from Dwyer who was sending precision passes to Fisher. Quarter score 17-14

Turnford began to find their stride in the third quarter. Good defensive pressure on the centre pass from Titmuss, Gulvin and Everitt saw Team Bath struggle to get first phase out as Turnford punished them for their errors working the ball fluidly to the shooters. Sims, Gulvin and Dwyer had eagle-eyed vision for Fisher and would send her the ball from anywhere, Fisher displayed great strength in the circle plucking the ball from the air and gifting Turnford with more goals. Turnford had several runs of 3 and 4 goals, which saw them extend their lead winning the quarter 19-14.

As the teams entered the last quarter it was Team Bath who started quicker, taking the score line to within 4. A rattled Turnford began to take more care of the ball, patiently working the ball to Fisher. Turnford regained their composure and a flutter of goals saw them push on their lead. An unsettled Team Bath began to make errors and Turnford, having improved from last week recognised the time to push on, scoring 7 goals in succession. This was a high scoring quarter with both attacking units doing their best for their teams. An exceptionally high quarter score still saw Turnford out on top 22-19.

Final Score 75-63

Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We are delighted with another win. Scoring 75 goals in a game is incredibly impressive, and shows the class of Fisher who scored 74 of them. Credit to Team Bath shooter Chelsea Lewis, who was also outstanding in her accuracy – if you’d scored 63 in a game you would expect to win. I thought our young defensive pairing of Skinsley and Everitt played beyond their years and did an outstanding job to limit the opportunities Lewis could get.”

Titmuss Continued: “It’s fantastic to see this Turnford squad build on their performance each week. Although I would like us to be quicker to settle into quarters and build an earlier lead, the team is blending together well and we were happy to win every quarter. I was particularly impressed this week how we were able to push on when we gained our lead, as this has been a focus of ours. We have three games left and although we are now safe, we are hungry for more and want to continue our roll of good netball. We travel to Oaksway next week and are excited for the fixture, where we will once again be working for the 5 points.”

Player of the Match: Bea Skinsley & Zara Everitt

Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, George Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Georgia Satwick, Kat Titmuss, Sarah Davis, Aimee Hatley, Zara Everitt, Bea Skinsley.
Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dwyer

Prem 1 Nailbiter Proves The Only Way is Up (not Downs) for Turnford


Prem One Match Report
Turnford 41 The Downs 40

Turnford travelled to Guilford to play third placed The Downs in their most recent fixture. With both teams missing players due to Superleague, Turnford were on the hunt for the 5-point win. A strong start by the black and yellow attack enabled the ball to be delivered successfully by Joseph and Gulvin into the circle. However with a new shooting pair nerves were showing, Turnford missed a few attempts allowing the home team to take an early 4-2 lead. Once the shooters found their rhythm, Turnford’s excellent through court work and defensive pressure from Titmuss, Davis and Skinsley saw Turnford score the next 5 goals. Taking their foot off the gas allowed The Downs to narrow the score margin once more, finishing the quarter 11-10.

Some quarter time changes saw Turnford push on the goal gap. Gulvin, in at GA was able to create space in the circle and open up play for Dwyer, who replied with outstanding shooting, as Turnford extended their lead by 5. Again, Turnford visibly sat back and The Downs responded by sneaking back onto the scoreboard. A time-out allowed Turnford to refocus their efforts and turnovers from Skinsley and Everitt allowed Joseph and Titmuss to present the ball to the black and yellow circle, who once more extended their lead to 6. Turnford passing errors in the last few minutes of the quarter saw this lead discarded with the blue team scoring the last 5 goals. Quarter score 11-11.

Both teams returned to the third quarter desperately seeking the win, and both suffering fatigue. A very evenly matched quarter saw teams go goal for goal throughout – a couple of crucial interceptions from Turnford were able to be punished by the shooters who edged out their lead by two. Winning the quarter 12-10.

Going into the last quarter Turnford realised if they could hold onto their lead they would continue to climb the Prem League table. The black and yellow side started strong but struggled to deliver their turnovers to the attack, a timeout was called and Turnford brought on O’Mahony for an injection of pace. During the timeout The Downs had also made substitutions, but were not quick enough to return to the court. This left The Downs without two shooters on court, who could not return until a goal had been scored – therefore if Turnford had played possession for the remaining 4 minutes we would have secured a comfortable win – unfortunately Turnford were not quick enough to realise this and the shooters slotted another goal. In the last minutes of the game Turnford made a couple of errors which The Downs were quick to capitalise on. With 40 seconds on the clock and Turnford’s centre we thought we had done enough to seal the victory – unfortunately a missed shot and The Downs rebound saw a mad dash to get the ball into their circle – Skinsley however had other plans, making a clean interception from the shooters as the final whistle blew. Leaving Turnford triumphant. Quarter Score 7-9.

Final Score: 41-40

Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We are incredibly happy to come away with the 5 points. Although not pretty netball, it was great to see the determination of the Turnford athletes to never give up and grind out a win. As we continue to field strong squad performances against these top-flight teams, we are sending a message to the rest of the division – we are here as contenders. We were able to put out some wonderful passages of play, and now we must work on making these consistent across the quarter and across the game. Our aim is to extend our lead during the quarters – pushing on when we can, and to win all 4 quarters. We have a big game against Team Bath next week, where we look to W.I.N. once more. When we do this, we will secure our place in Division 1 for next season with 3 games remaining.”

Player of the match: Ann-Marie Dwyer

Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, Emily Gulvin, Georgia Satwick, Hannah Joseph, Sarah Davis, Kat Titmuss, Laura O’Mahony, Zara Everitt, Bea Skinsley.

Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dwyer

Match Report Prem 1: Turnford 54 New Cambell 57


This weekend, Turnford travelled to East London to play local rivals New Cambell. On the last outing Turnford pipped New Cambell to the post beating the maroon ladies by 1. We knew this game would be just as hotly contested as the last, with both teams at full strength… Or so we thought, unfortunately the Turnford squad had only 7 players going into the start of the game. The black and yellow Super Seven galvanised together with a fiery start, both teams matching each other goal for goal. Turnford were giving the crowd a performance to cheer, the speed of the attacking players Gulvin and Sims easily finding the shooters in prime position. However, a couple of Turnford passing errors were punished by New Cambell, who were able to take an early lead 14-17.

Impressed by their own performance, the Turnford side approached the next quarter with even more self-belief. Dwyer (who was also celebrating her birthday) used her experience to control the attack – creating space for Fisher to drive into the circle, shooting 100% this quarter. In the back end, Skinsley and Titmuss were coping well with the Team Northumbria Goal Shooter, Armitage, working as an effective pairing to force errors and gain possession. This was also helped by pressure from Davis and Gulvin preventing the long ball in. A better quarter for the black and yellow side saw a closer score line but the maroon side still came out on top 12-14.

Turnford were finding their stride, putting on a great display of netball and working hard for each other. Sims had some magnificent releases into the circle to Fisher who was battling England defender, Keable. The focus this quarter was for Turnford to score from their turnovers and the black and yellow side did not disappoint, bringing the score line difference to within one goal. New Cambell called a tactical time out, and the more experienced side came back better from the break, extending their lead once more. The quarter score was again closer, but left the Turnford side trailing 13-14.

Turnford gave everything they had in the last quarter and were the quicker side out of the blocks. Superb defending from Skinsley rewarded Turnford with copious amounts of ball. Titmuss and Davis were able to drive the ball through court and offload to a hard working attack, which, under the leadership of Dwyer, was able to capitalise on these turnovers with more goals for Turnford. A stunning last quarter saw Turnford take the quarter 15-12.

Unfortunately this was not enough to steal the game and New Cambell came out on top 57-54.

Coach Dannii Titmuss said “I am incredibly proud of our Turnford squad today leaving the game with 2 points. Going into the match with a bare 7, we knew it would be a challenge – but the response of those 7 athletes in the face of adversity was impressive. To see the athletes out on court working so tirelessly for each other, and never giving in, are traits we try to instil in our players from a young age. Everyone played out of their skins and it’s fantastic to see the players develop week on week. Particularly impressive was 17-year-old Fisher out at GA for the whole game and playing against experienced England defender, Keable. As coaches we were also really happy for us to improve the score margin each quarter, and we will take many positives from this. I’m excited to see the squad continue to build on this performance, against The Downs, going out for the WIN next week”.

Player of the match: George Fisher

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