Poole Sapphires win U14s Finals Tournament and receive award from Sharron Davies      
Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:25
The Netball South West U14s Regional Finals Tournament was held on Sunday 22 April 2012 at the Life Centre, Plymouth. The top eight teams from the region came to compete for the overall U14s title.The teams from the southwest area were Cornwall Saints, Exeter, Penryn and Plymstock and from the northeast area were Hucclecote, Lawn, Poole Sapphires and Team Jets. The finals were played as a round robin with all teams playing against each other once. Like the U16s Finals, this competition was fiercely contested and everyone was delighted but not surprised by the extremely high standard of play.U14 Winners (Poole Sapphires) and Runners-up (Team Jets)At close of play, having won all 7 of their matches, Poole Sapphires were the winners. Having lost just the one match to Poole, Team Jets from Jersey were the runners up this year and will join Poole Sapphires at the National Finals in May at the University of Bath. Well done to all the teams that made this a wonderful day. Results and the final points table are on the U14s Tournaments page.Debbie AshworthWe send a special thank you to all of the umpires for an extremely high standard of umpiring. This year we introduced a new award to acknowledge the fantastic work done by all of our regional umpires. The award ‘Umpire of the Day’ was won by Debbie Ashworth from Cornwall. Thanks to James Thomas for providing mentoring to the umpires. Thanks also to Lesley Thomas, Chair of the CEWG, for acting as Tournament Referee and to Karen Jones, the NSW Chair for helping with the presentations.On the day we were delighted to have the massive privilege of having one of the UK’s best known and most popular sportswomen, Sharron Davies MBE, present the awards. Sharron’s official website outlines her fantastic achievements: “Having first swum for Britain at the age of 11 she was selected for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. At only 14 she confirmed her talents by winning two European Bronze medals. But it was in 1978 that 15-year-old Sharron stormed to the first of her many successes winning Commonwealth gold medals in both 200 and 400m Individual Medley events. Her astonishing form continued and in 1980 she took a battling silver medal at the Moscow Olympics finishing just behind Petra Schneider of East Germany. Sharron decided she needed a break from training and competition and ‘retired’ at the age of 18 to pursue a media career. However, she returned in 1989 and promptly regained her national 200m title. As ladies captain of Britain’s 1990 Commonwealth Games squad she led by example and returned with silver and bronze medals. Sharron’s incredible international career spanned three decades, included numerous major titles and medals, 200 British records, some of which stand to this day (including the 20- year-old 400 IM record), 5 World Masters records and an MBE awarded by the Queen for services to sport.”A big thank you to Sharron from NSW for making this an extra-special day for all of our U14s players!We wish the best of luck to both Team Jets and to Poole NC (who have achieved a fantastic double by reaching the National Finals in both the U16s and U14s competitions). Finally, congratulations to all the teams including those who didn’t quite make it to the playoffs. I hope you all enjoyed this year’s competition! See you next year.

Chrissie Brooks
Junior Competitions Coordinator


National Club Championships 2011

In the under 14 National Club Championships, held at Loughborough University on 14-15 May, Tameside beat Turnfold (who they had lost to in the group stages) 15-13 in the final, with Oldham pipping Parkside to third place.

In the under 16 competition, which took place at Sheffield the weekend before, 17 teams competed and eventually Oldham beat Tameside in an all North derby in the final, with Poole Jewels beating Saints Netball Cornwall for third.


Bournemouth Sevens 2011

THE U15 Poole Jewels netball team have been on a winning streak.

The team of seven – until recently eight – have been Dorset and regional champions for three years and during that time haven’t lost a game within the southwest region.

  1. THE U15 Poole Jewels netball team

    THE U15 Poole Jewels netball team

The girls have travelled the country just to find decent competition.

The team have been prolific winners in and above their age groups, and currently play in the Premier Division of the Bournemouth League, having won the First Division last year at only U14. Whilst not unheard of for teams to have girls who are young in various competitions and leagues – they are the only team who entered the nationals with every single girl a year young (twice) – not to mention a squad of eight and not the twelve allowed that all other teams bring. They are also the only team with all young girls and not one adult, to play in the first and premier division. They were also the first team of U18s allowed to enter the Bournemouth 7s tournament this year – although they did rope in two adults at the last minute when they didn’t have enough players – where they won the Beer Cup.

A small but friendly club, if you would be interested in joining them email or Their training is held every Thursday evening at Talbot Heath School.

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