Woodley Netball Club News
11th March 2018
Congratulations to the U13 Blue squad on winning Berks Junior U13 Division 1 today with 10 wins from 10 games. A fantastic achievement for the players and coaches.
They are joined by 2 other table topping teams U16 Blues and U11 Blues and U16 Whites who finished very worthy runners up.
10th March 2018
Well done to Clare Pyne who passed her level 2 coaching assessment today.
Under 14's South Region Squad Excel
27th February 2018
Congratulations to Woodley's talented SR U14 Squad who qualified for National Clubs Finals this weekend with 2 fixtures still to play; an amazing achievement by the whole squad & the coaching team.
The National Clubs U14 Finals brings together the top 18 teams in the U14 age category from across the country. The 18 teams will consist of the winners and runners up from the 9 regional competitions that take place throughout the season.
The 2018 National Clubs U14 Finals will take place on 26th & 27th May at Sport Central, Northumbria University, Newcastle.
26th February 2018
Young Umpire Success
Well done to 2 of Woodley's U16 umpires Charlotte Essex & Hannah Thomas who were both assessed last Saturday at Bracknell Adult Netball League & have been league graded to umpire games in both Div 3 & 4, so congratulations to them both. They join 2 other young Woodley umpires, Neve & Darcy Hudson who also successfully achieved a league grading for Div 3 & 4 earlier in the season. We wish all these girls good luck as they progress towards their C Umpire Award over the summer.
Congratulations also to Liz Creighton
(U11 Blues Coach) who passed her C umpire award at Maidenhead League recently
26th February 2018
Presentation Evening of Junior Netball Awards
Wednesday 4th July 6-8pm at St Josephs College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading.
Woodley Netball Club is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Senior section & the 25th Anniversary of the Junior section of the club in September & we hope to have a guest speaker to present the awards & chat with the girls.
27th January 2018
Congratulations to The Abbey School
who are off to U14 National School Finals at Welym Garden City on Sat 17th March.
Success at Regional Schools Tournament for The Abbey School represented by several Woodley players from our successful SR U14 squad, U14 White & U13 Blue teams; Sophie Peck, Lucy Shedden, Terezka Littova, Katie Pickup, Haniya Mohammed & Annika Pittal, Katie Knight & Amelia Essex.
17th November 2017
Berkshire County Schools
Congratulations to The Abbey School represented by Terezka Litt, Haniya Mohammed, Sophie Peck, Katy Pickup, Anika Pittal & Lucy Sheddon (U14 Blue Squad), Isobel Benster (U14 White Squad) and Amelia Essex (U13 Blue Squad) who were undefeated and crowned Berkshire champions. Runners up were Wellington College coached by Sarah Feast and featuring Katy Head (U14 Blue Squad). Both teams progress through to the regional tournament at the end of January 2018.
Maiden Erleigh U16's will be joining the above girls after finishing runners up to The Marist represented by Sophia Buckingham (U15 White Squad) Becky Cooke, Chisholm Ezekwe, Sara Lopez-Pascual, Heather Maxwell (U15 Blue Squad), Eloise McIntyre (U16 Blue Squad) and Rebecca Daniels (U16 White Squad). And finally Wellington College will also be joining the Regionals party winning the U19 competition, represented by Amynta Rimmer, Eve Trainor, Holly Wright & Zara Anichebe.
Congratulations also to Rosie Park (U14 Blue Squad) who secured a trip to Regionals with Didcot Girls School who were crowned Oxfordshire champs.
A brilliant outing for Woodley girls and wishing all and their respective schools the best of luck for the next stage in the new year!
4th November 2017
U13 Blues South Coast Success
Congratulations to the U13 Blue squad who travelled to Portsmouth for the Jellies tournament and finished runners up by just one point. Well done girls!
4th November 2017
County Schools Success
Congratulations to Amelie Haslehurst (U14 South Region Squad) who assisted her school team at Pipers Corner to a win at the Bucks County Schools tournament this weekend! Next up Regionals in the new year hopefully against some of her Woodley team mates... Fingers crossed!
1st November 2017
C Award Theory Paper
Congratulations to those juniors and adults from Woodley and Wokingham who gained their umpiring C Award theory paper this week.
Many thanks to Mary Stanley for tackling the horrendous traffic and make it to Bulmserhe LC to oversee the test, much appreciated!
7th October 2017
Junior Alumni gains first Roses cap!
Congratulations to Sophie Drakeford-Lewis who debuted for the England Roses at the Netball Europe tournament in Cardiff to earn her first cap. Picture of Soph alongside her teammates who also gained their first caps during the competition.
1st October 2017
South Region Friendlies
The U13 Blue Squad travelled to Sussex for the first of four friendly matches with MSN, with the girls taking the win this time 44 - 26. Some great netball and MSN were fabulous hosts.
See you in November for round two!
27th September 2017
Another qualified coach
Congratulations to Kirsty Jordan (Open Squad coach) who has gained her Level 2 UKCC certificate. Kirsty will be coaching the U11 White and U10 Blue squads who get underway in the Berkshire Junior League on the 1st October. Good luck Kirst!
20th September 2017
County Academy Success
Congratualtions to Becky, Lulu & Millie (U16 South Region Squad) and Amelia, Belle, Charlotte, Katy, Lucy, Madi, Rosie, Terezka & Zinnia (U14 South Region Squad) who have all been graduated into the Berkshire County Academy.
11th September 2017
Superleague Franchise Success
Congratualtions to Becky, Izzy & Livy (U16 South Region Squad) and Zinnia (U14 South Region Squad) who have been selected for the Hertfordshire Mavericks Futures Academy located at Henley College. Great achievement girls, well done!
18th June 2017
Essex Open Tournament
Congratualtions to our U13 Blue Squad who managed to survive the heat and win on Sunday. Finally managed to defeat their nemisis team, Turnford in the final 8-6!
21st May 2017
Turnford Junior Tournament
The U10/11/12 Blue Squads headed to Hertfordshire to pitch themselves against some of the best clubs inthe country at this formidable tournament.
Both the U10's and U11's were unable to progress to the knockout stages with both teams getting a really tough draw and having the eventual finalists in their groups.
The U12's had a fantastic day and overcame a huge hurdle by beating Essex Open in the quarter finals; not a team they've beaten before! Next up were the eventual winners, Turnford in the semis and although the girls put out a great performance, it just wasnt quite enough to come away with the win.
17th May 2017
Woodley Alumni heading to Botswana
Congratulations to Fran Williams (Captain) and Sophie Drakeford-Lewis who have been named in the U21 Roses squad for the Netball World Youth Cup which starts on the 8th July.
Well done girls!!!
9th May 2017
U15 Whites Maidenhead League Winners
Congratulations to our U15 White squad who comprehensively won Division 3 in the Maidenhead League and secured promotion to Division 2 next season.
Well done girls!!!
29th April 2017
Magnets Annual Tournament
Another good day at the office for the U10 & U11 Blue squads and U12, U13 & U14 White squads at Furze Platt School in Maidenhead. Big whoop to the U11 Blues and U13 Whites who both won their competitions!
Lots of new girls playing competitive netball for the first time and other girls pushing themselves to step up for older teams. Well done all those involved!!!
Thanks to Magnets for another great tournament x
23rd April 2017
Berkshire League EOS Rally
Congratulations to the U11, U12 and U13 White squads in their endeavours at the Berkshire tournament held at Theale Green School. Lots of new girls playing competitive netball for the first time. Well done girls!
23rd April 2017
MK Netters Annual Tournament (Day 2)
Congratulations to the U13 South Region squad who to finished runners up to a very strong Turnford team. Lots of learning points for the girls to bring back to training for the next time they face their nemisis!
Despite being bare 7, the U14 South Region squad ran their socks off to finish an impressive 3rd! Well done girls!!!
Great to see the U16's back out on court again after a long break. Well down for juggling the revision books as well as blowing away the cobwebs!
22nd April 2017
Our U15 White squad and their coach Denys Thomas supported this fantastic annual charity FastNet style tournament at Theale Green School to help raise funds for the Berkshire Cancer Centre.
The girls had a great day, enjoyed the sunshine and plentiful cakes on sale!
22nd April 2017
MK Netters Annual Tournament
Congratulations to our U10's to finished runners up to a very strong Turnford team. The girls showed great versatility in the High 5 competition and despite some falls and tumbles the girls battled hard accross the whole day. Well done girls!
The U11's also had a great day finishing fourth by just 1 goal in the 3rd/4th playoffs. On an unusally warm day, the girls were running on empty and couldnt have done anymore. Coach Helen Turton was really proud of the girls!
The U12's had a really tough group and despite putting together some great performances they narrowly missed out on the knockout stages finishing third in their group. Nevertheless the girls had a fun day and took home some things to work on at training. Many thanks to mum Elaine who stepped in to cover coaching of the girls.
10th April 2017
Summer Coaching Workshops Announced
Our amazing coach, Liz Creighton, will be running three workshops in August at Eagle House School, Sandhurst. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive coaching from one of the most respected coaches in the country.
Head to the junior section for more detailed information.
11th March 2017
Regional League Successes
Congratulations to our U13 squad who won the South Region League this Saturday and without losing a game. A fabulous squad effort - Well done girls!
Our U14 squad finished a fantastic third in a really competitive league and although this is the toughest position to finish, just missing out on a trip to Nationals, the girls battled to the end and put out some great performances.
5th March 2017
Vitality Superleague Woodley Alumni
Amazing to see two former Woodley juniors involved in the heavyweight clash between Wasps and Hertfordshire Mavericks at the Ricoh Arena.
Both girls look amazing and everyone at the club couldn't be more proud of them!
1st March 2017
More qualified coaches and Berkshire Satellite Success
Congratulations to Joanne Ash and Fizz Pollock who have successfully passed the Level 1 coaching course and acquired their certificates. Next up, Level 2!
And congrats to Belle Barrett and Zinnia Mettawa (U13 South Region Squad) who have been invited to trial at Berkshire Satellite 1. Well done girls!
22nd February 2017
Suncorp Superleague Netball
You can watch all the fixtures from the league down under at a bargain basement price of £13.99 via the Netball Live app. Incredible oppotunity for the girls to watch and learn from the best of the best.
23rd January 2017
More Berkshire Satellite Success
Congratulations to Madison Aumonier (U13 South Region Squad) and Terezka Litt (U13 White Squad) who successfully trialled for the Berkshire satellite 2 programme. Well done girls!
Congratulations also to Becky Cooke, Heather Maxwell (U14 South Region Squad) and Katy Head (U13 South Region Squad) who have been graduated from satellite 2 to satellite 1. Hard work playing off!
21st January 2017
Play date with Touring School
The U13 Whites and U12 Blues hosted Woldingham School's U13 A and B squads at Waingels College and braved the cold weather for a great play date.
4th December 2016
Another qualified coach
Congratulations to Rebecca Soby who has successfully passed the Level 2 coaching course and acquired her certificate. Well done Rebecca!
Female Team of the Year!
Woodley U14 Blues were awarded the Wokingham Borough Council Female Team of the year award for their achievements in the South Region league, their commitment and fantastic team spirit. Their prize was presented by Olympic Judo star Ben Fletcher. Great to have the whole squad in attendance and watched on by proud parents and coaches Jo and Sarah.
Report from Maidenhead
Sharks and Crazies could not be divided this week with a very close game throughout ending in an 18 all draw. Red Rockets started off slow against Meister but picked up the pace and were drawing by the end of the 1st quarter, Meister then came back and by half time it was 24-19 to them, Red Rockets drew level again in the last quarter but a quick turnover right near the end saw Meister just pip Red Rockets to the win 33-30. Bluebirds continued with their solid season 36-12 winners against The Crew and nobody can stop Woodley who this week beat Whistle Warriors 39-20.
Well done to our U15 White squad who are absolutely bossing it this season in the Maidenhead league!
Conratulations to Millie Whitehouse, Lauren Dos Santos (U14 South Region Squad) and Lucy Shedden (U13 South Region Squad) who have been graduated to Satellite 1 academy to join Charlotte Richards (U13 South Region Squad) who was selected for the upper tier following trials in the summer.
Big shout out too to Heather Maxwell and Millie Whitehouse who were selected to participate in a County Academy play day alongside U15 Livy Edwards.
Great to see positive progression from the girls!
Half Term Camp
The U14 Blues ran a half day netball camp for years 4-7 as a awy of fundraising for their 2017 trip to Eurodisney netball tournament. 21 youngsters turned up full of energy, some who are already members of Woodley netball club but some from local schools who are just keen to learn and have a go!
Coach Jo, assisted by Elaine, ran a mix of drills and skills which tackled footwork, different ways of getting free for the ball and the basics of chest and shoulder passes. The U14's did some hand on coaching, helpingto demonstrate, giving feedback and encouragement and leading a team each in the matchplay sessions, helping the girls with everything from switching bibs to remembering where they were allowed on court! They also did a demonstration half court game whilst the youngsters had a 15 minute snack break, where the speed at which they play and the strength of their passes did cause a few little jaws to drop to the floor!
The U14's also discovered a creative side producing this representation of the "Woodley netball family"!
All in all it was a great fun afternoon and hopefully we have some new budding netballers in the Woodley area as a result. It is something we hoe to repeat at February half term so keep your eyes peeled for dates!
Berkshire & South Region Wins All Round
The U13 South Region squad kicked off the 100% winning weekend with a comfortable victory over CD Phoenix in East Grinstead. The squad put out a great performance to win 43-16; Player of the match was deservedly awarded to Ines Braithwaite. The U14 South Region squad followed a little later in the day albeit in the same vain and came out 55-33 victors with a much improved performance from their last fixture. Congrats to U13 Katy Head who played up for the U14's and was awarded player of the match.
Next up in the South Region were our U19 and Open squads who were lucky to be playing closer to home. The Open girls were really solid for 60 minutes and secured a good 55-42 win against Bucks Phoenix. The squad and opponents both awarded player of the match to Donna Hancock. U19's took on local rivals, Royals, and despite being just a squad of 8 they managed to keep going for the victory. Congrats to Melissa McAlpine on her consecutive player of the match award.
Our U10 Blue squad, competing in division 2 of the U11 Berkshire League this side of Xmas, kicked off another winning streak by thrashing local rivals Eagles 19-2. Looking good for the future girls! The U12 Blue squad backed this up with a 21-10 win over Wokingham and despite it not being the girl's best performance they battled hard to not give away a point! Well done to Grace O'Neill on her player of the match award; well deserved for her many interceptions.
Next up in the Berkshire League were our U13 Blue squad who are progressing nicely having taken the step up to division 1 this season. The girls put out probably their best performance to date to beat tough opponents Finch 40-30. Awesome shooting from Molly Upton saw her awarded with player of the match. And finishing off the day and weekend nicely was the trusty U16 Blue squad who beat a nippy U14 Rushmoor side 59-16. Captain's performance from Eloise who was rewarded with the player of the match award.
Karen thinks this is must be the best weekend of results ever so well done to all girls involved and hopefully you've already got your feet up!
A big thank you to all parents who have scored, timed or simply cheered the girls on this weekend; they and the club could not do it without you xx
Berkshire Schools Tournemant Success
U13/14/16/19 Woodley girls were well represented at the county schools tournament this Saturday which took place at Theale Green School.
The Abbey School were winners of the U14 competition, not losing a game all day, and were supported by Sophie Peck (SR U13), Haniya Mohamed (SR U13), Lucy Shedden (SR U13), Lauren Dos Santos (SR U14), Emma Waterer (SR U14) and Samira Prior (SR U14).
The Abbey School also won the U19 competition, again not losing all day, and were supported by Ellie Emmanuel (SR U19), Rebecca Macworth-Praed (SR U19's), Lauren Hopes (SR U19's), Holly Lee (SR Open) and club alumni Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (Surrey Storm NPL and Clan).
Congrats to all girls and bring on the regional tournament in January!
Poole Tournemant Success
Congratulations to the U12 Blue squad who were runners up at the annual Poole Netball Club tournament.
The girls had a great day, losing only to Poole Gems (the eventual winners), by just one goal. The girls won all their remaining 8 matches and did everything they could to try and win the tournament. Tough to lose the tournament on just one goal, but a fab squad effort - well done girls!
England Hockey Futures Cup
Congratulations to U16 squad member Ellie Emmanuel who has been selected to play at the U16 girls Futures Cup!
The Futures Cup will take place at St Albans Hockey Club, Oaklands College, Smallford, Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JA.
Futures Cup is an annual 4 day tournament for some of the best junior hockey players in the country. Players are selected for one of four squads, Mercia Lynx, Pennine Pumas, Saxon Tigers and Wessex Leopards also squads from Scotland and Wales will be attending thr tournament for the first time as Caledonian Cougars and Celtic Jaguars.
A fantastic opportunity for Ellie to have her first experience of a major tournament where she'll have the opportunity to be seen in an competitive best vs best surroundings to impress national junior coaches!
Half Term Camp Announced - 25th October
Our U14 South Region squad will be assisting coaches this coming half term at a half day netball workshop indoors at Bulmershe Leisure Centre to help improve your skills and practice what you have learned!
Girls will be offered a series of fun and structured activities that will develop your skills and co-ordination plus match play.
£20 per player. If you are interested in attending, please complete the below booking form and submit to Elaine Maxwell (details on form) as soon as possible and by the 9th October at the latest.
South Region Leagues Underway
Great start to the weekend with both junior squads winning their opening clashes against tough opponent, MK Netters. U13's sitting pretty at the top of the table and U14's narrowly behind local rivals on goal difference in second spot. Well done girls!
The U19's squad had a long trip to face tricky opponents, CD Phoenix. A close fought game for three quarters with the opposition pulling out a really strong last quarter to secure victory.
Super pleased for our Open squad who managed to secure a win in a really close game against Trinity. After a tough 15-16 season, it was great to see the girls back to winning ways!
More England Success
Congratulations to ex Woodley junior, Sophie Drakeford-Lewis (now with Clan), on her re-selection into the U19's National Academy squad. Fantastic achievement and we're all really proud of Sophie's continuing success!
Surrey Storm U15 Development Squad
Congratulations to ex Woodley junior, Libby Burgess (now with Eagles), on her selection into Storm's new U15 Development Squad. This is an exciting opportunity to obtain some top class coaching and we wish Libby every success.
Berkshire County Academy
Congratulations to Livvy Edwards and Sophie Stancombe who have graduated from Satelitte Academy to County Academy. Both girls have worked really hard and the club are super pleased that both have been offered this fantastic opportunity on the performance pathway.
Swan Fastnet Open Tournament 2016
Swan NC hosted a Fastnet tournament at Crestwood College as part of the build up to the 2016-17 season.
10 teams took part and each game comprised of 4 quarters of 6 minutes to make use of the rolling subs using the new EN rules. The 10 teams were divided into 2 pools of 5 and everyone played all the teams in their pool. The top four in each poolthen played quater finals, semis and finally the final and in line with the Olympic theme, teams were provided with gold medals for the winners, silver for the runners up and a new netball for the bronze winners.
It was a brilliant day and the weather was kind and the sun shone after a windy start. Our newly formed Open squad were delighted to run out the eventual winners and the girls played some fantastic netball throughout the day - well done ladies!
Exciting news today with ex Woodley junior, Fran Williams (now with WP Blades), announced as a squad member of the new Superleague franchise headed by Tamsin Greenway. Such a strong squad and we look forward to watching Fran from the Surrey Sports Park stands!
South Region Entry Route Rallies
The U13 and U14 squads headed to East Grinstead on the Saturday to attempt qualification for the South Region league. Both had lots of games ahead of them as a result of the largest ever entry to the tournament - great news for netball as a whole in the south!
Despite a couple of minor injuries being picked up the U13's had a phenomenal day winning all 15 of their games and managed to not give away any points to their opponents. The girls were shocked but delighted to have qualified as winners.
A depleated U14's squad had a slightly tougher day in West Sussex, just missing out to Eagles and Team Matrix but despite these losses and some more minor injuries, the girls managed to qualify in 3rd position overall.
Bring on the 24th September and the start of the season!
The U16 national winning squad of 2015 came out of semi retirement to partake in the U19 competition and despite the rustiness and sore feet the squad managed to qualify in 5th position. Well done girls!
Unfortunately the U16 squad had the toughest day at the office on Sunday and despite their best efforts, the girls were unable to squeeze into the top 8 and narrowly missed out on qualification. With many of the squad being a year younger, it bodes well for qualification next season.
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our very dear friend Gillian Frackelton who died peacefully after a short illness on Thursday 1st September at the Royal Berkshire Hospital with her family at her side.
During the 48 years that Gillian has been a member of Woodley Netball club, she has taken on the roles of Secretary and Chairman. She also mentored many Woodley & Berkshire’s umpires with great success. Gillian was a star first team WD in her early netballing career, playing for Berkshire County as well as Woodley & she continued to play until a few years ago whenever a team was short. Gillian went on to be a talented Panel umpire umpiring at the highest level, including travelling overseas.
Gillian was devoted to netball and volunteered countless hours to mentoring and umpire development within the South Region. She was part of the Officiating Technical Support Group for the South and did a great job arranging B tests for umpires. She recently received special recognition from Netball South for her outstanding contribution to netball in the region over many, many years. Gillian also held the position of President for Berkshire County which gave her great pleasure.
Gillian had an amazing sense of fun and will be fondly remembered for her outrageous outfits at the Brean Sand Tournaments with her fellow Woodley Netball Club friends. There was always an element of surprise, and boy did she surprise us with her huge talent for fancy dress & her interpretation of the theme for the weekend.
We all loved Gillian and will miss her deeply but we will never forget the wonderful memories we have shared with her. She will be remembered by so many players, but especially all the umpires at Woodley, Berks, & South who she's mentored & helped over so many years. Gillian will be sadly missed by all who knew her & we know you will join us in thinking of the family at this sad time.
Gillian’s funeral will take place at Easthampstead Crematorium on Wed 14th September at 12pm. There is no need to wear black as her family will not be doing so! Flowers to A B Walker, Eldon Road, Reading or alternatively donations can be made to Cancer Research directly or via the AB Walker website.
Everyone is very welcome to join the family at the Premier Suite at the Madejski Stadium after the service, as the family are all looking forward to hearing our wonderful Netball stories about Gillian.
A donation of£100 has been made to Cancer Research by the club.
The South Goalden Globe Awards 2016
The South region celebrated their volunteers in style on Saturday 2nd July at the Village Hotel, Farnborough. The awards ceremony started by celebrating the teams coming first and second in the South's Regional Leagues which included Woodley's U13 Blues. This was followed by the other awards which included the presentation of the Long Service Award to our own Gillian Frackelton who has been involved with the Netball South umpiring group for a great number of years!
24th July 2016
Successful Trialists for
Berkshire Satellite Academy
Woodley coaches are delighted that the following players have been selected into Berks Satellite Academy from September. We know these players will work hard at these sessions and bring back lots of ideas to put into practice at Woodley sessions with their squads.
Isabelle Barrett, Becky Cooke, Lauren Dos Santos, Katie Head, Zinnia Mettawa, Sophie Peck, Katie Pickup, Charlotte Richards.
These girls join Millie Whitehouse and Sara Lopez Pascual who were selected onto the first step of the performance pathway last season.
Kate Bryson 2016 Player of the Year
13th July 2016
To Caitlin Sonkur who passed her C award umpire assessment last night on a Div 1 summer league game.
Caitlin has worked really hard over the last few weeks since finishing her GCSE exams, to complete her theory and bleep test & has practised her umpiring on a variety of games over the last season to be ready for her assessment. We look forward to seeing her umpiring South Region games for Woodley next season and watching her progress towards her B award in the future.
6th July 2016
Woodley Netball held their Junior Presentation evening at St Joseph's College on Wed 6th July. It was a lovely evening & a fantastic opportunityfor all our teams to share in each other's successes over the season, as well as allowing the players the time to say thank you to all our volunteer coaches, team managers, umpires and committee members who do so much, & always with a smile, to ensure so many girls get to enjoy club netball.
Following a short speech by all coaches Most Improved Player & Coaches Awards were presented to 2 worthy winners in each squad. Well done to all our winners pictured and a big thank you to Tammy for organising the event and arranging for us to use a great new venue. In addition our thanks to Mars Confectionary for their welcomed donation of chocolate for presents and prizes!
Pontins!!! (Part 2)
Two U14 teams and a combined 15/16 team travelled to Brean Sands for another great weekend of netball, competing against teams from all over the country.
U14 blues had their hardest draw ever on the Saturday morning finding Bury, Oldham, Thamside and finally MK Netters just too strong for their small squad, but thanks to an U13 Blue player, Millie, for coming to help out the team over the weekend. Sailing through the other games with ease, the team qualified top of the plate, won all their games easily on Sunday morning and stormed to victory in the knockout stages to win the Plate competition; congratulations and well done to the girls.
The U14 Whites qualified high up in the plate competition after some tough games on the Saturday and went through unbeaten on the Sunday morningto the quarter finals. Thanks to Heather, another U13 Blue player for joining the team at short notice when injury struck again in this small U14 squad.
U15 and U16 girls from 3 Woodley teams got together to play in a strong U16 competition and over the weekend met or exceeded the targets set by their coaches Tammy, Debbie and Val, alongside lots of socialising at the fair and around the site with all 3 squads.
The U11 Blues, both U12 and U13 squads made the annual trip to Brean Sands for the last hurrah of the 2015-16 season. Players, coaches, umpires and chalet mums survived the Glastonbury traffic and indecisive weather and a fabulous time was had by all on and off the court!
Huge thanks go out to Chris Grainger and the team for another great tournament but most importantly, thanks so much to all parents and coaches who enabled the girls to create memories and have such a fab weekend of netball. Couldn't do it without you!
On their debut, the U11 Blues came through a very tough group on the Saturday to qualify for the cup tournament. The girls narrowly missed out on the knockout stages finishing 4th in their group on the Sunday. Some close games which could've gone either way on another day. Well done girls!
Also on their debut, the U12 Whites had a very tough group on the Saturday, which included the eventual winners. Narrowly missing out on the cup tournament the girls went through to the plate competition where they played superbly to reach the knockout stages. The girls stormed through the quarters to set up a semi final against a feisty Team Matrix side who they were unlucky not to defeat. Congrats girls!
With the target of getting further than last year's cup quarter finals, the U12 Blues put out some solid performances on the Saturday to win their group. The girls woke up all guns blazing on the Sunday to breeze through their group opponents in the morning to give them a favourable draw in the knockout stages.
The girls faced a tough Ribble Valley side, who they'd drawn with the day before, in the quarters but despite lots of end to end netball they managed to come through as winners by the 1 goal. Ryland Red were up next in the semis but the girls were dominant 11-1 winners to progress through to the final. Slippery and tricky court conditions put a dampener on both finalists netball unfortunately but the girls put in a magnificent effort against an incredibly strong Oldham team who just edged the tournament win. Amazing effort girls!
The U13 Whites had a mixed bag of results on the Saturday but to the girls delight their performances were enough to put them through to the cup competition again. The girls had some really tough games on the Sunday, including against the Blues, but despite this the team never gave up and kept smiling (even after a good soaking at the fun fair)!!
The U13 Blues had tough groups on the Saturday and Sunday morning but despite some challenging matches the team were able to secure a place in the knockout stages of the cup competition. Unfortunately, the girls were given the worse possible draw and were unable to get past the eventual winners, Oldham, in the quarters. Bad luck girls, but well done on reaching the busniess end of the tournament!
Fathers Day out in Essex!
(not at the Sugar Hut...)
The U12 Blues and U14 Blues and Whites travelled to Redbridge for the Essex Open tournament on Sunday where they competed with some of the best clubs from around the country.
The U12's were undefeated in their group fixtures and progressed through their quarter and semi finals without concern to reach the final where they again came up against their nemesis Turnford. The girls put together their best ever performance against their arch rivals and pushed them to the final whistle, narrowly losing 5-3. Getting closer girls!
The U14 Whites had a great day too progressing through their group undeafeated to reach the quarter finals. The girls narrowly missed out on the semis by 1 goal to the eventual winners, AP Saints, who defeated the Blues in the final. Well done both U14 squads!
A fantastic effort from all girls and thanks to Essex Open for another great tournament!
Woodley girls on the rally road again...
This Saturday the U13 Blues travelled to Hertfordshire for the Turnford tournament in order to pitch themselves against some of the best clubs in the country. The girls had a great day and were undefeated in their group games putting them through to the semi finals where they came up against a tough Turnford team. The game was a close encounter with the girls narrowly missing out on progressing through to the final. Good job girls!
Thanks to Turnford for another great tournament!
At the same time the U11 squads were participating in the Newbury tournament. Bolstered by a couple of U10's, the U11 Whites put out some strong performances with all of their group games being close hard fought games. The girls proceeded to the 7th/8th play off and came out comfortable winners to secure 7th place.
The Blues were formidable all morning with some high scoring group games to take them through to the final where they were eventual comfortable winners of the tournament. Well done girls!
Thanks to Newbury for great tournament!
17th June 2016
Woodley Awards and AGM Evening June 2016
Our Awards and AGM evening took place this year at our great new venue The Elephant and Castle in Hurst. (www.theelephantandcastlepubhurst.co.uk/)
Everyone who attended said it was a very successful evening in its new format and fantastic to see some partners and parents there to. Our hosts generously laid on some lovely sandwiches and made us feel very welcome in their side room leading out to a beautiful garden. Once again thanks to Sarah Wilson for organising all the awards and the nibbles.
There were a few awards for players in each team & then the main awards were presented to the following club members:
Club Award - Sarah Wilson
Player of the Year - Kate Bryson
Most Improved player - Mahlah Tomsett
Club's Team - Tempest
Teams' Team - Spitfires
Senior Umpire - Olivia Forrest
Junior Umpire - Caitlin Sonkur
13th June 2016
Everyone at Woodley would like to congratulate Libby Burgess who was talent IDed at the County Satellite and Academy festivals which took place recently and she has been invivted to attend Regional Academy training to see how she gets on.
We wish Libby good luck as she progresses along the England Netball Performance Pathway and she may well be Woodley's 3rd player to make it into England's U17 squad in a couple of years time!!
11th June 2016
Another weekend and more tournament success for Woodley!
This Saturday the U12, U13 and U14 Blues squads were back at High Wycombe on Saturday to compete in the Bucks Phoenix Rally. The girls did really well to cope with the humidity and a severe rain storm and put together some fab netball throughout the day. Results were as follows:
U13's winners of the U14 plate
U14's winners of the U14 cup
Thanks to Bucks Phoenix for a great tournament!