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Terrific Turnout at Turnford U12 Tournament


Recently, we hosted our annual U10/U11/U12 tournament with a record number of entries. Sixty-three squads entered from all over the county – coming from as far a field as Tameside and Bury in the North and Poole in Dorset from the South. The weather held out and it was a fantastic day of netball, a tribute to the organisers, the teams, their coaches and supporters.


In the U10 section, which was a round robin, Turnford entered 3 teams. The U10 A and B squads as well as our fantastic U9 A squad. It was a fantastic first introduction to the Turnford tournament for the U9A and U10B squads and both showed great skills and team dynamics.

The U10 A squad but in a fantastic effort and won 11 of their 12 matches. They secured strong wins against: AP Saints, Durham, MK Netters, Brentwood, Crosskeys, Tegate Merlins, Turnford U10b, Turnford U9a, Poole, Hornets, and Tameside. They lost only one match all day, to eventual winners YWCA Bury.

Turnford U10 were worthy runners-up in their first ever Seven a-side tournament. All members of the squad showed skill and determination the whole day and proved that they will be a team to watch over the coming years.

Squad: Keira, Hanel, Darcie, Anna, Sienna, Brooke, Olivia, Alice


Turnford entered 3 teams in the U11 section.

The B and C teams played some excellent netball with the B squad missing going through to the semi final section by 1 goal. The C team won matches 9-1 and 4-1 but lost a few by small margins. But with each game they gained more experience.

The A team played 7 in the group drawing one and winning the rest convincingly. The quarter final was against Hatfield and then the semi against Tegate. Wins in both matches put us through to a final against Hertford Hornets – a rematch of last years final. But the girls were determined and after a shaky start they came back from behind and won the match 7 – 5. A strong all round display of mature netball from Turnfords U11 A team. and Players of the tournament went to:
C team Indya Bowmaker,
B team Frankie Horncastle
A team Mia Cannington

Coach Lyn Cole stated how proud she was of each and every player.

The day started with a bang as the A team stepped on to court to face Wodson Park in their first match. The girls played quick netball and took the match 20-0. Other group games included victories over Bury, Kent, Essex, ASCO and MK Netters and the squad won their group with ease.

In the quarter finals, they came up against local rivals Hornets, and after a close start, they pulled ahead to take the game 11-3. The semi-final saw a match up against Essex Open but fantastic team play saw the girls take the game 11-1.

The final was against Bury who they had played earlier in the day, but the squad were taking no prisoners and again showed maturity in their play, outclassing Bury and taking the game 12-3.

Squad: Sophie Lennon, Abi Hockney, Bella Baylis, Hannah Parkinson, Emily Squires, Neave Wilson, Mia Andrews and Peace Akinyemi

The B team had a mixed day of results coming up against some tough opposition in their group, and narrowly missed out on a quarter final place.

Squad: Marcie Howell, Zoe Wood, Holly May, Polly Watson, Elena Davies, Ellen McGuigan, Grace Best, Megan Whiten, Nina Morjaria and Isabelle Henn

Coach Natalie Richardson stated how excited she was at the prospects for the future of this young talented squad

A huge thanks to all the teams that attended from all over the country – there is nothing better than an extended netball family! We would also like to thank everyone that helped put this event on, from umpires, to table officials, to BBQ and stall runners and all volunteers- we could not do it without you! See you soon at the Turnford U16 Tournament.

Junior Season Kicks Off With Success At Notts Tourney


The junior season each year always opens with a much anticipated trip to the Nottingham Junior Tournament and the 2014/15 season is no exception. Turnford took U11s, U12s, U13s, U14s and U15s to the annual Nottingham tournament last weekend and were delighted to return home having obtained silverware in two age groups.


The U12s played well but had to contend with fourth position with the U14s gaining third place and the U15 reaching the Cup section of the draw.

It was an impressive start to the weekend for the U11s with a victory over Northern rivals Oldham, 6-3. The U11s played some excellent netball on the first day, and with fantastic defence from Sophie Lennon and Mia Andrews, no other team was able to score against them.

The girls went into the second day with a huge goal difference advantage and again faced Oldham first thing. The game was much tighter, with Oldham leading at half time. Changes in defence and some sharper attacking play from Turnford meant again they came out on top 5-4. They secured victories over Ribble Valley 13-0, Nottingham City, 19-0, Oaksway 15-0, Parkside, 13-0 and Durham 14-0 to take first place.

Squad: Zoe Wood, Abbie Hockney, Bella Baylis, Hannah Parkinson, Emily Squires, Tianna Quartey, Neave Wilson, Mia Andrews, Sophie Lennon and Peace Akinyemi.

The U13 squad played seven matches on the first day. The first match was against Oldham and as hard as Turnford fought, Oldham took the game 8:6. The rest of the day was plain sailing for this talented side with Turnford’s focus and determination and excellent defending from Jasmine Harvey-Stone, Maddie March and Frankie Baylis making many turnarounds, they had convincing wins against Poole 6:1, Parkside 8:0, Barr Beacon 15:0. Ribble Valley 7:2, Durham 13:0 and Trafford 5:4. This put the squad in the cup section on the following day.

This tournament is indeed one of the strongest in the country with the very best clubs taking part. The first match against the tough Northern side Bury was taken by Turnford 7:5. With considerable intensity from the centre court of Courtney Ferns, Katherine Wingfield and Megan Thomas, they fed well into shooters, Sienna Rushton and Evie Pringle, allowing them to convert the opportunities given and Turnford took the following matches against Essex 7:2, Brentwood 10:4, Crosskeys 12:1 Trafford 7:3 and a very pleasing draw against Oldham 6:6. Sadly the the final match against Tameside, albeit with a demonstration of feisty and determined play from Turnford throughout the court, Tameside took the game 8:7 and Turnford had to be content with the runner up position.

Congratulations and well done to all participating teams. Here’s to a fantastic season!

Pic shows U11 and U13 squads

Winning Weekend for Turnford


Both Turnford’s Regional and National teams came away with victories this weekend.

The National side travelled to Middlesborough to play northern team Grangetown. Turnford got off to a great start leading 20-7 at half time. Despite Grangetown’s best efforts, they could not catch Turnford, with the game finishing 38-27

Player of the match: Lottie Morrison


The Regional side made their way to Norfolk to play against Thoroughbreds. Having lost to Thoroughbreds in the first half of the season, Turnford were determined to win and they led throughout to take the game 47-35.

Player of the match: Ellie Newman