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Turnford Takeover at England Netball National Performance League Tournament


(photo shows 9 of the 12 Turnford players)

At the end of August, the four day 2017 England NPL Tournament took place at the David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham. This proved to be a fantastic four days of competition with three age groups – U17, U19 and U21 – on show. A total of Twelve Turnford athletes took to court during the tournament– representing across 5 franchises and all three age groups.

The U17 competition was the largest of them all with 12 sides involved. Turnford’s three U17 representatives were all in different squads with Courtney Ferns representing Wasps, Bella Baylis Hertfordshire Mavericks and Peace Akinyemi, London Pulse. All three represented their squads extremely well and should be proud of what they achieved. Turnford teammates Bella and Peace met each other in the play-off for bronze with Pulse taking the victory. The fact that both of these players are only 13 years old makes their appearance in these U17 squads particularly impressive.

In the U19 competition Turnford was represented by Lucy Millbery, playing for Hertfordshire Mavericks. Lucy again put out a number of fine performances of which she should be very proud.

The largest number of Turnford representatives came in the U21 section. Though only 6 squads competing in this age group, it was a high quality affair with many of the bronze medal winning Netball World Youth Cup England players taking part – This included Turnford’s own George Fisher. George was joined in Wasps U21 team by Sienna Rushton – a shooter who at only 15 years old and already having represented England at u19 level is fast following in George’s footsteps. The wasps U21 side was also coached by Turnford’s own Danielle Titmuss.

With another four players in the Mavericks U21s (Georgia Satwick, Ellie Kelk, Ellie Rattu and Jo Leslie) and Rebkah Airey representing Loughborugh Lightning and Emily Gulvin, Surrey Storm – Turnford players were always likely to medal. And so it was. After a tough round robin contest, Lightning, Mavericks and Wasps all made it to Semi finals. Ultimately Lightning took Gold, Mavericks Silver and Wasps Bronze

Turnford’s head coach Carole Titmuss had this to say “What a testament to Turnford Netball Club with so many involved in this tournament. We now have so many young players in the development squads of these franchises that I am sure we will see many more names, in the future, appearing on these performance squad lists.

The Turnford players participating were:

Courtney Ferns – Wasps Netball
Bella Baylis – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Peace Akinyemi – London Pulse

Lucy Millbery – Hertfordshire Mavericks

Sienna Rushton – Wasps Netball
George Fisher – Wasps Netball
Georgia Satwick – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Ellie Kelk – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Ellie Rattu – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Jo Leslie – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Rebekah Airey – Loughborough Lightning
Emily Gulvin – Surrey Storm

Twelve Talented Turnford Athletes at England NPFL & NPL Tournament


On Thursday 24th August 2017, the four day England Netball NPFL & NPL tournament begins in Nottingham with U17, U19 and U21 performance teams represented from all of the English SuperLeague franchises. Turnford are delighted to have many of our talented athletes taking part in this tournament – representing across 5 franchises and all three age groups.

Many of Turnford’s England representatives are playing in the U21 competition and they, along with the other U21s participating, continue to be fantastic role models to all at the club. In the U17 and U19 competitions, we have 4 athletes participating and we are incredibly proud of the hard work they have put in to play at this level – including two of our U13 squad playing in the U17 competition.

The Turnford players participating are:

Courtney Ferns – Wasps Netball
Bella Baylis – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Peace Akinyemi – London Pulse

Lucy Millbery – Hertfordshire Mavericks

Sienna Rushton – Wasps Netball
George Fisher – Wasps Netball
Georgia Satwick – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Ellie Kelk – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Ellie Rattu – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Jo Leslie – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Rebekah Airey – Loughborough Lightning
Emily Gulvin – Surrey Storm

Wishing all of our players the best of luck over the next four days. Play the Turnford Way!

Turnford’s Roses Bloom


A couple of years ago Turnford (thanks to input from Netballing Dad Adam Fisher) developed a new motto for the club – words that our players and coaches live by. That motto starts with WIN – but actually – its not all about winning (although we love that too!). It stands for this:

Work Hard with Intensity and Never give up.

All players demonstrate this attitude week in and week out as they put in the hours necessary to be the best they can be, at the game they love, for the good of their team. They all know that the hard work pays off. And this week we’ve seen it demonstrated more clearly than ever with the selection of 3 of our young players and one of our coaches for the England U21 WNYC squad and U19 New Zealand touring squad. We are so incredibly proud of this entire bunch who are fantastic role models for everyone in the club.

World Netball Youth Cup – England U21

George Fisher (18)

U19 England touring to New Zealand
Zara Everitt (17)
Sienna Rushton (15)
Danielle Titmuss (Coach)

Head Coach, Carole Titmuss had this to say: “We are so incredibly proud of George, Sienna and Zara in being selected for the Squad – not only do the girls have much talent, but this has also been achieved by hard work and dedication. It is a particular point of pride for me that Danielle Titmuss will be on the coaching team. She has been part of Turnford from a young age and is definitely one of our success stories.”

Join us in wishing these girls all the best for this summers matches in the red dress. These young Roses are the pride of Turnford

Farewell Maureen


As many of you know we recently lost the founder of our club, Maureen Ball. Maureen was the heartbeat of this club. An omni-present force known by all members from the very youngest to our seniors – many of whom have known Maureen for their entire netball career.

Maureen was known to everyone because she lived and breathed Turnford Netball Club. Maureen could be found at Wormley watching our seniors every Monday and Tuesday night and our many many juniors Thursday and Saturdays. Always encouraging and doing her best to watch as many matches as possible. Her stamina and passion was awe-inspiring.

She was also incredibly proud of the fact that Turnford had made it to the highest levels of national club netball and watched all of the Prem team’s home matches.

This is how the younger members of Turnford remember Maureen – as the lovely lady that watched all of their matches. But of course she was so much more and we wanted to take this time to share with you some of her many achievements:

Maureen founded Turnford in 1967 – a club that has grown to over 300 members

In 1970 she formed the Turnford Summer Netball League.

In 1975 Maureen Formed The Turnford Junior Summer League.

In 1979-1982 Maureen Was Appointed Hertfordshire’s U18 County Coach.

In 1980 Maureen Formed The Turnford Winter League.

In 1981 Maureen Formed The Broxbourne And District Netball League

In 2000 Maureen Formed The ‘Back To Netball’ Sessions Having Successfully Applied For A Millennium Grant.

Maureen with the help of her committee, progressed the High 5 Turnford Junior League (For Both Boys And Girls Between The Ages Of 8 To 11) from just 5 teams to 81 teams this year – giving more young people the chance to play sport.

Turnford Head Coach, Carole Titmuss had this to say: Turnford has an extremely strong committee that has been headed by Maureen for a number of years. She has instilled in us a great sense of dedication and pride. I truly believe that it why Turnford is such a strong and committed club. It is without doubt Maureens legacy will live on.”

We will say farewell to Maureen tomorrow at Woollensbrook crematorium at 12 noon. All Turnford members are asked to wear Black and Yellow.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has reached out to offer their condolences. The outpouring of love for Maureen is proof positive of the impact she had during her life and how much she meant to the netball community.

The Start of Prem One Season 2016/17: Turnford V The Downs


Turnford travelled to Guilford to play last year’s third placed The Downs in their first fixture of the season. With a depleted squad Turnford were aiming for points and to give opportunities to our up and coming youngsters. A shaky start from the black and yellow side as the team got to grips with new combinations resulted in The Downs taking an early 8-14 lead.

The very experienced Downs circle defence stepped up their intensity, despite continued attacking moves by Gulvin and Titmuss, Turnford struggled to score and were punished for errors in a tough 4-17 quarter.

The third quarter started much more strongly for Turnford, following tactical changes and the introduction of Hatley, who added pace and hustle into the defence with the first 10 minutes of the quarter going 8-6 in The Downs favour. Unfortunately Turnford couldn’t maintain this intensity and 10 goals went unanswered for The Downs in the last 5 minutes of the quarter. Quarter score 6-18.

Going into the last quarter Turnford played by the club mantra of ‘never give up’ and the introduction of Millbury to GA opened up space in the attack, enabling the ball to reach the circle more frequently. The black and yellow side dug deep for the last quarter and Turnovers from Everitt and Lewis-Smith found their way to more fluidly through court. Excellent shooting from Ruston, who shot 9/11 in the last quarter, saw a much more competitive end to the game as the quarter finished 10-13.

Final Score: 28-62

Coach Dannii Titmuss said: “This is not the result or performance we were hoping for in our first fixture, but despite the score line there are many positives for us to take. This was an incredibly young squad and it was great to see athletes improve as the game went on – particularly Sienna and Lucy, both of whom are under 16. I’m also very proud the squad kept pushing to the end and it was great to see Emily, Kat and Zara really step up in their leadership roles on court. We were very happy to finish the game with a strong quarter and we will look to rectify our starting performance for the next game”.

Player of the match: Sienna Rushton & Emily Gulvin

Turnford Squad: Sienna Rushton, Lucy Millbury, Holly Sims, Emily Gulvin, Sarah Davis, Aimee Hatley, Kat Titmuss, Laura O’Mahony, Zara Everitt, Steph Lewis-Smith.
Coaches: Dannii Titmuss & Ann-Marie Dwyer

Follow the (Black &) Yellow Brick Road – Performance Pathway Pride



Each year, from age 11 upwards, athletes around the country prepare for trials to join the England Performance Pathway. There are a number of steps along the pathway, culminating in the National Academy which then feeds into the senior England Roses team.

At Turnford, the development of our players as individuals is just as important to us as their team performance and we work with them all year round to ensure they can fulfil their potential. We therefore encourage all of our girls to trial for the pathway.

Over the past few months, trials have been underway at all levels and we are delighted to announce those Turnford girls selected across ALL levels of the Performance Pathway. The fact that over 40 girls have been selected from our club is testament to the hard work undertaken by both the players and their coaches – we are so incredibly proud of you all.

England Senior Squad
George Fisher
Hannah Joseph

England U21
Zara Everitt
George Fisher

National Academy
Zara Everitt
Sienna Rushton

Regional Performance Academy
Zara Everitt (East)
Rebecca Palmer (East)
Sienna Rushton (East Midlands)
Georgia Satwick (East)
Izzy Stibbs (East)

Regional Academy
Peace Akinyemi (London & South East)
Abbie Bromley (London & South East)
Busola Femi-Gureje (London & South East)
Courtney Ferns (London & South East)
Jasmine Harvey-Stone (East)
Lucy Milberry (East)
Emily Sabatino (East)
Tobi Unuefa (London & South East)
Ella Warmerdam (East)

County Academy
Sahara Bailey-Joseph (Herts)
Francesca Baylis (Herts)
Grace Carrington
Ellie Godsave(Herts)
Freya Keohane (Bedfordshire)
Mollie Malloy (Middlesex)
Evie Pringle (Herts)
Tiana Quartey (Essex Met)
Andriana Robinson (Herts)
Emily Sabatino (Herts)
Nikki Skinner (Herts)
Megan Thomas (Herts)

Satellite Academy
Toni Akinola (Herts)
Mia Andrews (Herts)
Arabella Baylis (Herts)
Abigail Hockney (Herts)
Amy Irving( Middlesex)
Sophie Lennon (Herts)
Ellie Oswick (Herts)
Hannah Parkinson (Herts)
Amy Rule (Herts)
Emily Squires (Middlesex)
Demi Tuinema (Herts)
Tianna Ubesio (Herts)
Millie Warmerdam (Herts)
Neave Wilson (Herts)
Ellie Wood (Herts)

Turnford Squads Shine at Pontins


Every year Turnford enter into the Pontins Brean Sands tournament. It’s a long journey but its worth it for what really is the strongest tournament in the country. Its also a huge amount of fun for the girls and an opportunity to bond, laugh and play some serious netball. The event is played over 2 weekends, the first being for U11-U13 and the second U14 to U16.

This year Turnford had an exceptional series of results with silverware in 3 ages groups.

U11 Section

In the U11 section Turnford were represented by an A and B squad. The B team played some excellent netball throughout the whole weekend but were not able to overcome the strong opposition of Oldham in the semi final and lost 5:1.

The A team made their way to the final but they too had to face the strong opposition Of Oldham and had to be content with the runners up cup losing 10:6.

Millie Rutherford was the player of the U11 tournament making many interceptions during the weekend.

Coach Lyn Cole stated how proud she was of both squads and was looking forward to meeting Oldham at the Nottingham tournament in September where she hoped to reverse the scoreline.


In the U14 section five of the top 6 placed teams from nationals were participating including Eagles, Tameside, Bury, MK Netters, alongside other exceptionally strong teams such as Oldham. All clubs were keen to prove their positions as the best in the country.

Turnford were totally focused all weekend – working hard for themselves and most importantly each other. Through the group stages on day one they beat Swan 7:1, Hornets 8:6, Rushmoor 17:5, Flames 15:2, Jellies, 10:1, BreakAways 13:6, BoldMere 18:0 and Woodley 10:5. This put the squad through to the Cup stage on day two as group winners.

On day 2 they met with MK Netters and in a close encounter took the game 8:7, Next up Hornets which Turnford took 16:3 and finally Eagles (who were 3rd in the National finals weekend) and Turnford took the match 11:6.

Now through to the Quarter finals against Conquerors from Essex. Some excellent centre court play from Megan Thomas, Courtney Ferns and Bella Baylis feeding the shooting circle of Evie Pringle and Sienna Rushton allowing them to take advantage of the opportunities given Turnford took the win 13:5.

A very exciting match against Oldham in the semi Final leaving Turnford trailing behind 7:3 at half time. Coach Carole Titmuss made crucial changes and with some strong defending from Freya Keohane, Frankie Baylis, Tobi Tunuefa and Jasmine Harvey-Stone the match was won 10:8.

The final beckoned and once again Turnford met up with MK Netters. This time Turnford were calm, showing their accurate passing and movement skills. No mistakes were shown in this game and Turnford lifted the winners cup 8:4. A display all around were honoured to view.

Carole said she was excited about the prospects for the U16 nationals for this squad in two years time.

The squad consisted of Evie Pringle, Sienna Rushton, Bella Baylis, Courtney Ferns, Megan Thomas, Frankie Baylis (Captain), Maddie March, Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Tobi Unuefa, Freya Keohane and Katherine Wingfield.


u15 pon

An awesome job was done by the u15s at Pontins this weekend. They faced seven teams in their groups and kicked started the day with a big #WIN of 14-2 against Midlands team, Ryland. They girls played with outstanding rhythm and it was clear that this squad had their defensive skills on point, only conceding 11 goals in their first six matches and scoring 58.

Their final group match was to be their toughest as they were up against West Bromwich, also undefeated in their section. The calm focused approach from the squad proved they were not going to be rattled, with a 11-7 #WIN they finished Day 1 with a clean sweep.

Day 2 was to be a tougher day. They were up against other qualifying teams and fatigue from the nine players started to show. Small errors crept into their game and the squad scraped through qualifying games with one or two goals in it. But none the less it was enough for them to make the semi final where they beat Asco and then onto the final.
Turnford for the second time this season met Northern rivals Tameside. Unfortunately the squad just did not put the performance out that they had on the first day. Errors were capitalised on by a focussed Tameside squad and a frustrated Turnford side were made to settle for the Silver losing 7:4

Overall a fantastic weekend for all of the Turnford squads and we cannot wait to return next year!

Turnford Girls Make Us Proud At Mavericks End of Season Awards


Earlier this month the Mavericks family came together at Sopwell House to celebrate the 2016 season. Over 150 fans, staff and players from all of the Mavericks squads mingled together on the lawn before the evening began to discuss the highs and the lows of what can only be described as a hugely eventful season.

This evening was designed to recognise the commitment and achievement of the athletes across all the Mavericks squads right the way from the U13 and U15 Development teams through to the Youth Team and ultimately the Netball SuperLeague Squad. On what was a fantastic night remembering an eventful season, we are delighted to say that several Turnford girls picked up awards.

Coach Kat Titmuss said: “I was so proud to see such a great celebration of Turnford girls at the annual Hertfordshire Mavericks awards. All girls at our club strive to be the best they can be and it was simply awesome to see them doing so well in our much loved super league franchise – Mavericks. The awards included: ”

Mavericks Development Squad Year 9/10
Most Improved Player – Ellie Oswick

Mavericks Youth Squad
Coaches Player – Aimee Hatley
Players Player – Zara Everitt
Fans Player – Zara Everitt

A number of Turnford girls were selected to represent Mavericks during the 2016 season – from the Development Squad through Youth and SuperLeague. We are proud of them all. They are:

Mavericks Development Squad – Yr7/8
Mia Andrews
Amy Rule
Any Irving
Demi Tuinema
Tianna Quartey
Bella Baylis
Abi Hockney
Hannah Parkinson

Mavericks Development Squad – Yr 9/10

Ellie Oswick
Courtney Ferns
Jasmine Harvey Stone
Andriana Robinson
Emily Sabatino
Lucy Milberry
Busola Femi-Gureje
Ella Warmerdan
Nikki Skinner

Mavericks Youth
Georgia Satwick
Aimee Hatley
Zara Everitt

Mavericks SuperLeague
George Fisher
Sam May

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.


u16 regional1

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!