With preseason training in full swing and the National and Regional season openers fast approaching, our teams have been chomping at the bit to get some real competitive court time. So the SAS Netball club Tournament in Welwyn this past weekend was timed to perfection (thanks to our friends at SAS!).
Fielding a combination of our national and regional squads, the team made a fantastic start to the new season, sweeping aside all opposition to win the Cup section of the tournament in style.
The matches were 12 minutes each way and through the rounds Turnford defeated Nomads, Comberton, Bears and Thoroughbreds. It was a pleasure to watch the excellent court play from Aimee Hatley and Georgia Satwick, feeding shooter Georgina Fisher to score at will. This put the team through to the Quarter Finals where they met the Police. Turnford took this match in their stride winning 11:5.
In the Semi-Final stage they met Sussex Thunder but with accurate shooting from Georgina Fisher and Ann-Marie Dwyer, being fed well from the centre court of Captain Kathryn Titmuss and Emily Gulvin, Turnford eased into the finals winning 12:6.
This led to a Final match up with Weston Park Blades. It had been a long day but thanks to the fresh legs of Lottie Morrison and Jasmine Hetherly, supported by the excellent defending and turnovers of Stephanie Lewis-Smith, Zara Everitt and Laura O’Mohoney, Turnford lifted the cup 11:6. A great start to season giving confidence for the new season ahead.
The squad consisted of Ann-Marie Dwyer, Jasmine Hatherly, Emily Gulvin, Stephanie Lewis-Smith, Georgina Fisher, Laura O’Mahoney, Zara Everitt, Georgia Satwick, Kathryn Titmuss(C), Aimee Hatley and Emily Carrington. Player of the Tournament was awarded to Steph Lewis-Smith.
Don’t forget our National Prem 1 Season Opener takes place on the 27th September and our first home match is on the 4th October at Wodson Park. You can find all the fixtures here. We hope to see many of the Turnford Family at our matches, cheering us on – it really does make a huge difference and is hugely appreciated by the team. If last season is anything to go by we can promise some awesome netball!