(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