Archive for March, 2016

If Carlsberg Made Netball Clubs – Last Weekend It PROBABLY Would Have Been This Netball Club


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(Photo credit: Herts Mercury Sport)

The weekend of 12th March was set to be a big one in Turnford’s calendar. With both U14 and U16 battling it out at the East Regional Round of National Club Champs and the Prem One team having their final match of the 2015/2016 season (And coach/player Ann-Marie Dwyer’s final match) – there was a lot on the line for the club.

You’ll know from our earlier post that the juniors did their job and won their regional round in both categories in glorious style. Which meant it was down to their role models to round out the perfect weekend for the club – no pressure then!

Ending the Prem 1 season with a W.I.N

And so, we travel back to Turnford’s home ground Wodson Park where Turnford took on Leeds. Missing several starting players due to Superleague and National Clubs meant the black and yellow side had further opportunities for their up and coming Regional athletes (Georgia Satwick, Abi Naugher, Aimee Hatley and Laura O’Mahony) to gain Prem 1 court time. This was also to be the swan song of Turnford player/coach Ann-Marie Dwyer who has been at the club since she was 8 years old. (Editor’s note: We are only willing to believe its Amo’s last game FOR NOW – we hope for a guest appearance or two at some point in the future!!!!)

A tightly contested 1st quarter saw both sides go goal for goal, the Turnford shooters of Dwyer and Fisher were on fire with a 100% quarter. A middle quarter dip with some connection errors saw the lead change hands, however pressure applied from Naugher, Skinsley and O’Mahony won back ball as Turnford regained the lead, finishing the quarter 14-12.

Turnford started the quarter strong as they extended their lead with some precision passing form Sims, however a mid quarter dip again saw the lead exchange. Gulvin responded with several interceptions as the team regained their composure and had 2 runs of three goals in the last 5 minutes, taking the quarter 11-10.

The introduction of Satwick saw a much more connected attacking quarter. Satwick had great availability for centre passes and was easily able to find Fisher, who had another 100% shooting quarter. Hatley was able to turn over ball in the defending third and linked well with Gulvin to ensure smooth passage of the ball down court. A much better attacking quarter saw the quarter end 16-10.

As the game drew to a close, the Turnford side lacked the speed of movement and ball they had shown in the previous quarter and despite many turnovers from the circle defence of Skinsley and O’Mahony Leeds took the last quarter 8-9.

Final Score 49-41

Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We are very happy to finish the season with a win. It was again great to see our Regional Squad athletes out on court and having a real impact. Emily continues to improve every time she plays at this level, and missing a few of our key players she really stepped up to the mark. It was great to see not only here speed in attack but also her tenacity to win ball. It’s been a great season and although tinged with sadness as we lose Amo, I’m really pleased we can go out on a high for her. We finish in 5th position (2 places higher than last season) and on more points. I’m excited for the upcoming seasons as this squad continues to grow and develop.”

Player of the Match: Emily Gulvin

Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, Georgina Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Georgia Satwick, Abi Naugher, Aimee Hatley, Laura O’Mahony, Bea Skinsley.

Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dywer.

WINners Are Grinners & Turnford Are U14 & U16 East Regional Champions


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Sunday 13th March 2016 was set to be a big day for Turnford Netball Club. The last Prem One match of the season & U14/U16 East Regional Round of National Club Champs. In true Turnford Family style, all teams were sending each other support before and during the day and willing each other to bring home the W.I.N.

The first result completed in the Turnford Trifecta was the Prem One match and the team got us off to a great start with a WIN – more to come on that in a later post. And so the scene was set for the U14 & U16 girls to follow in the footsteps of their Turnford role models.

East Regional Club Champs – Reports by Coaches Kathryn Titmuss and Carole Titmuss

The U16 and U14 Turnford squads travelled to Ipswich this weekend to once again claim the title of East Regional champions. Both squads had to finish top two in the groups to qualify for the semi finals and a chance at National Finals.


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The U16’s had six other teams in their group. First up was Ipswich ladies. With outstanding defence of Busola Femi-Gueje, Zara Everitt and Ella Warmerdan the opposition failed to put a score on the board in the first half. A confident start and all eleven players taking to court Turnford got their first #WIN in the bag 16-2. Much of the same to follow for this powerful squad and with outstanding shooting from Andriana Robinson, Lucy Milberry and Emily Sabatino they got the results to show for it. 18-4 against Star, 11-7 against Conquerors, 23-2 against Leighton Buzzard, 19-1 against Saffron Hawks.

The final group game was to be the toughest as Norfolk United had also not lost a game. Despite the awesome feeds of Abbie Bromley and Katie Harris, the black and yellow side fell short of their clean sweep and finished second in their group after a close 6-7 defeat. This meant they drew local rivals Asco in the semi finals. Once again the outstanding defence of Nikki Skinner and the strong drives to top of the circle from Alicia Mulholland meant we were able to take the game 9-7.

Now for the finals and time to regain their title of Regional Champions having already secured a place in National Finals. They once again met Norfolk United. This time with a much more focused approach from the Turnford side, the Norfolk United girls struggled to get past our intercepting queens, Charlotte Dadey and Zara Everitt. Leading Turnford once again to victory with a 12-7 #WIN.

Coach Kat Titmuss said: “I am so proud of each and every one of these girls. They have shown complete commitment to their squad and our shared goal of taking home the gold from nationals. We will continue to work hard to make this goal a reality.”



The U14s played five teams in the group stages. The matches were played in two halves of 8 minutes each way. First up was Braintree, which Turnford took comfortably 12:4. Next came Bedford and Turnford again took this comfortably 14:4. This was the way it was to be throughout the day and Turnford having a strong squad of twelve were able to play different combinations.

There was little opposition for this on-form squad and the next three matches were taken against Thetford 18:4 Thoroughbreds 21:3 and Co-Jags 15:4. This result saw Turnford top the group and take their place in the semi-finals.

An automatic place in National Finals was up for grabs for the winner of the Semi-final and Turnford had their eyes on the prize as they went into this match against local rivals Crosskeys. Turnford took the Semi Final took 18:8.

With spirits high, Turnford pulled out an inspired performance for the final where they once again met Co-Jags. With both teams through to Nationals, Turnford were out to prove what a contender they are for the overall title at the end of May (where the national club finals will be held in Redbridge). They did this with style lifting the winners cup 25:2.

The squad only let in 29 goals throughout the whole tournament with 123 goals scored, a magnificent goal difference of 94.

The squad consisted of : Megan Thomas (Cptn), Sienna Rushton, Evie Pringle, Courtney Ferns, Bella Baylis, Freya Keohane, Maddie March, Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Tobi Unuefa, Ellie Oswick, Amy Rule, Sahara Bailey-Joseph

Coach Carole Titmuss stated how proud she was of her team’s efforts working tirelessly for each other to reach their shared goal.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Co-JAGS and Norfolk United who will also represent the East at National Club Champs and thank them for exciting matches. We will see you at Finals!

Tour Fundraising Events – Come Along and Support


Turnford Family – we continue to raise money for our upcoming U18 tour. Please see below the events we have planned in the near future. We’d love to see you there, to support the girls and to join in the fun!

1) Old School Disco at The Hertfordshire Golf Club

Friday 10th June – 7pm – Midnight

Tickets £15 in advance – No tickets available on the night. 100% proceeds to the tour.

There will be a paying bar at the venue.

Tickets available from Helen Stibbs mobile 07786 070900.


23rd April – Wormley Scout Hut 7pm

Tickets £5 per head. Approx team size 8 people.

Please let Carole Titmuss know if you would like to enter a team or come along and join with others to make
a team.

Raffle donations gratefully received.

3) Wimbledon Garden Party – Sunday 10th July

£10 per head – Canapes, Strawberries & Cream, Bubbles & Beer

Raffle to include – Fitbit & Afternoon Tea & Spa day at Hanbury Manor for two

Venue: Helen Stibbs house – 1.30pm onwards

Spread the word & please let her know so Helen will know how many bottles to get in!!! (mobile 07786 070900.)

4) Mixed Tournament – 16th July – Wormley Playing fields
More details to come

Prem 1 Match Report: Local Rivalry Alive & Well But It Was Not Turnford’s Day


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This past Sunday in Prem 1, Turnford played local rivals and top of the table team, Academy. Both sides were looking forward to a fantastic game of netball after their previous close encounter.

Turnford were quickest out the blocks and started the quarter with a blast of goals. The sharp shooting of Dwyer and precision feeds from Sims, Gulvin and Joseph enabled the black and yellow side to make their mark early on taking an 8-2 lead. A time out from Academy saw them return to the game more composed, and they attacked the rest of the quarter with a vengeance, climbing back into the game. Turnford held on to their lead finishing the quarter 14-12.

The second quarter saw both sides step up in their defensive pressure. Fabulous defensive work from the whole squad but especially Skinsley, Titmuss and Davies saw Turnford gain possession on 18 occasions from the Academy side. Unfortunately this was a quarter littered with errors through the mid court and in to the attacking third which saw the black and yellow side unable to convert this possession into goals. Quarter score 1-9.

An introduction of Fisher and O’Mahony at half time saw both players make an immediate impact in their respective areas as O’Mahony gained possession and Fisher converted it. Titmuss and Gulvin worked well on Academy centre passes stopping 3 within the first phase. Both players took responsibility of their turnover and were able to work the ball fluidly through the attack to Joseph who easily found Fisher and Dwyer. A much better attacking quarter saw a frenzy of goals as the quarter ended 15-19.

Still-hunting the win and with the squads ‘Never-give-up’ attitude, Turnford scored the first 3 goals to claw back the gap to 7. However, Academy, fighting to keep their top of the table placing, responded with more goals. Some fabulous interceptions from the black and yellow side provided excitement for the crowds, but another high scoring quarter finished at 14-18.

Final Score 44-58

Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “We learn from every game we play, and whilst disappointed with the result, we were pleased in how we started. This has been a big improvement from us, how we approach games, and the girls showed what they are capable of achieving. We need to be able to maintain our leads and will be looking for a reduced error count, and more consistency across both the game and quarters in our next performance. There is one game left of the season, although we have finished higher and are already on more points than this time last year, we will still be looking to take the final win against Leeds next week”

Player of the Match: Ann-Marie Dwyer

Turnford Squad: Ann-Marie Dwyer, Georgina Fisher, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Hannah Joseph, Kat Titmuss, Sarah Davis, Laura O’Mahony, Bea Skinsley.

Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dywer.