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