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Turnford Takeover at England Netball National Performance League Tournament

Sep09


(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:

U17
Courtney Ferns – Wasps Netball
Bella Baylis – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Peace Akinyemi – London Pulse

U19
Lucy Millbery – Hertfordshire Mavericks

U21
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

Aug23

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:

U17
Courtney Ferns – Wasps Netball
Bella Baylis – Hertfordshire Mavericks
Peace Akinyemi – London Pulse

U19
Lucy Millbery – Hertfordshire Mavericks

U21
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!

Want to Join The Turnford Family? – Performance Screening Applications Open

Jun02

Turnford is pleased to announced applications are now open to trial for the club’s top Senior netball teams. Screening will take place on Wednesday 19th July at Hertfordshire University, De Havilland Campus, Hatfield. 7pm – 9pm. These trials are for the following squads:

1) National Premier League – Division 2
2) East Regional League – Division 1
3) Herts Stanborough League – Division 1

If you are interested in applying please download this form TNC Trial letter 2017 and return by 30th June 2017.

Turnford’s Roses Bloom

May19

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

May08

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

Oct13

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

Aug08

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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

Jul12

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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

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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.

U14

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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

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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!

Terrific Turnout at Turnford U12 Tournament

Jun10

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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.

U10

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

U11

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.

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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.

Turnford Girls Make Us Proud At Mavericks End of Season Awards

May27

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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

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