Junior Club News

Well done ball girls!

Twelve of our juniors were ball girls for Team Bath against Loughborough Lightening at Bath University on Friday.

The girls' work began well before the match when they were escorted to Bath's changing rooms where they collected the players' drinks bottles and towels and took them to the team bench by the court.

Jess Garland, Team Bath's coach, complemented our ball girls, commenting that they were alert and always ready to move to retrieve the ball.  Well done Bethanie, Chelsey, Holly, Molly, Lottie, Darcey, Paris, Kate, Megan, Ella, Poppy and Rosie!

With the mascot

For more pictures, please see our photo gallery.


Be a ball girl at Team Bath

Ever fancied passing a netball to England captain Pam Cookey?  Well, now's your chance!

Devizes have been invited to provide the twelve ball girls at Team Bath's match against Loughborough Lightening on Friday 1st March, beginning at 7.45pm.  The match will be at the university's sports training village.

If you would like to come along, please download the details here and return the slip to Becky asap as places are given out on a first come, first served basis.

It'll be a great evening and you'll be able to see some of the England stars in action, including the captain Pamela Cookey!


Junior Tour to Brean Sands

Information is now available for the junior Brean tour which takes place from Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July.

The tour is open to girls in school years 8-11 and we will be entering an under 14 and an under 16 team.  There is a maximum of twelve places per team.

For more information and to book your place, you can download the initial letter here.


Moonraker Junior League - 3rd February

The next round of the Moonraker Junior League takes place on Sunday 3rd February.

High Fives take place from 10am to noon, U12s from noon to 1pm, U13s and U14s from 11am to 12.30pm.

If your daughter is selected she will be given a note with more details at training.


Super Sunday!

Devizes' juniors have had a fantastic weekend of netball.  On Saturday, the local schools U12 netball tournament was won by the Devizes School team - all members of the club.

And then on Sunday, our U11 A team won the Pinehurst Charity High Five tournament in Swindon comfortably, beating some strong clubs on the way and winning the final 4-2 against Lawn.  To cap off a great weekend, our U16 squad, representing Devizes School, easily won the county tournament, beating Lawn 10-5 in the final, and will go on to represent Wiltshire in the regional tournament in February.

Well done to everyone, and a big thanks to all our junior coaches, umpires and supporters.

High Five Winners, Pinehurst 2012


Team Bath Superleague Ball Girls Again!

We have again been asked to provide ball girls for a Superleague game - this time on Friday 1st March at 7pm.  We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time.

Moonraker Junior League

The second round of the Moonraker Junior League will take place on Sunday 11th November - if your daughter has been selected she will be given a slip at training.


Team Bath Holiday Camps 2012

Team Bath are holding three days of holiday camps for girls in years 7, 8 and 9.  These are great opportunities for extra coaching and lots of fun - you can go for one, two or all three days.  For more info and a booking form, please click here.


Moonraker Junior League

The first round of the Moonraker Junior League will take place on Sunday 14th October - if your daughter has been selected to play she will have been given a slip at training.


Youth Advisors needed!

England Netball are looking for members aged between 16 and 24 to join their Youth Advisory Group - meeting four times a year it informs and influences how netball is run in this country.  Why not apply?

For more information and an application form, click here.


Satellite success

Congratulations to the following girls who successfully trialled for next season's Devizes Satellite Academy:

Daisy Budgen, Hannah Cole, Emily Cole, Emily Maslen, Olivia Jones-Tunnicliff and Rebecca Male.

The satellite academy is the first step on England Netball's excel programme.  Girls will attend twelve specialist sessions next season as well as compete for the club.

Well done to all of you!


High Fives shine at Blue Jays Tournament

Devizes entered four teams into the annual Blue Jays tournament in Salisbury on 25th March: two U11 high five teams,  very young U14 side (all of whom were U13 or U12) and an U16 team.

As ever, the tournament attracted some very strong clubs from a wide area.  Our U16s and U14s played well, but lacked the experience of the very strongest club.  But in the U11s, Devizes Blue won their group and went on into the semi-finals to play against Pinehurst.  The match couldn't have been closer, with Devizes losing 4-5 as the GS prepared to shoot to level the game!

Well done to everyone who played and to Trudie, Sue and Nikki for managing the teams and umpiring.


Brean fundraiser - Win an Easter hamper!

To help raise funds for this summer's under 14 and under 16 trip to Brean, all girls signed up will be given some tickets to sell for our great Easter Egg Hamper Raffle.  Please do sell these, and if you'd like more, ask Becky or Nikki.  The more you sell, the lower the price of the trip!

We are also asking all players to donate an egg or another yummy Easter chocolate prize.


New Playoff Date

The new date for the Under 14 county playoffs has been confirmed as Sunday 11th March, at the Dorcan Dome in Swindon.

This is the first stage of qualification for the national Under 14 competition - three teams out of eight entered from Wiltshire will be selected to go through to the South West region's playoffs in Bath later in the year.

Matches start at 10.30am (players should be there at 9.45am) - please come along and support our team!


Fantastic Ball Girls!

Eight of our under 11s did a great job as ball girls for Team Bath's Superleague match against Surrey Storm.

Ella, Molly, Megan, Hannah, Marley, Polly, Jemima and Paris took responsibility for the Bath players' drinks, collecting them from the changing rooms before the game and delivering them to the bench.

During the game they sat at strategic points around the court anOur ball girls with Team Bath playersd retrieved balls that had gone off court.  As a thank you, the girls were allowed to be first out after the warm down to meet the players and have photos taken.

Well done - you did Devizes proud!

For more pictures, check out our photo gallery!


Grant for Junior Academy

We are really pleased to announce that we will be able to continue our junior academy for the next two years, thanks to the hard work and presentational skills of some of our under 16s.

Devizes Area Board last night awarded the club £2,000 to set up and run a junior academy for the next two years.

The Board had invited young people linked to a club or group to put forward applications for funding for a project that would benefit them and the community.

Some of our under 16s put in a proposal for the academy, which will be a place for talented young players, coaches and umpires to develop their skills.  It will also be a springboard for entry into regional age group competitions.  The academy will take place once a month.  At the moment it is open to all players in years 8 and 9 and invited players from year 7.  As the academy develops, the age range it caters for will widen.  Under 16s will be able to take part next year.

Emily Buller, Laura Holland and Megan Taylor presented the proposal to the Devizes Area Board in front of 100 people, and afterwards the board unanimously agreed that they should be awarded the full grant applied for of £2,000.  Huge thanks to them, and to Ellie Papps, Jade Shergold and Louise Buller, who also worked on the proposal.

More information about the academy will be available soon.


Under 14 Academy dates

We have booked the following dates for the under 14 academy training:

Saturday 14th January, Devizes Leisure Centre, 3-5pm

Sunday 29th January, Lavington School, 10am - 12 noon

Sunday 26th February, Lavington School, 10am - 12 noon

Sunday 11th March, Lavington School, 10am - 12 noon

All players in years 8 and 9 are eligible to attend, plus invited players from year 7.

The local play offs for the regional under 14 tournament will be held on Sunday 5th February between 10.30am and 1pm at the Dorcan Dome, Swindon.  Players selected for that squad will be notified soon.

Any questions, please see Nikki.

Ball Girls at Bath

Devizes has been asked to provide ball girls at Team Bath's match on Friday 3rd February against Surrey Storm.  The match takes place at the University of Bath's training village.

We can take up to 12 young players to be ball girls - for more information see our letter.

To make sure of your place, please retrun the slip to Becky asap!  Priority will be given to players who haven't been a ball girl at Bath before.

New Training Time for Years 8 and 9

From January all players in year 8 and 9 who currently train between 6 and 7pm on Monday evenings will be asked to come and train between 7 and 8pm instead.  The cost of training will remain at £1 a week, pay and play.

This means that these players will be training alongside the senior club.  The change has been brought about partly because our 6-7pm session is so full, and partly to enable the junior players' development to be accelerated as they train alongside more accomplished and experienced players.

If you have any questions please contact Trudie, Sue or Becky.

New under 14 Academy

We would like to start an under 14 academy for players who would like to be considered for the team that will compete in the regional under 14 tournament in March.

For the first time Devizes Netball Club hope to enter a team in the Netball South West under 14 regional tournament in March 2012 to play against the best under 14 teams in the South West region. Further information about the tournament can be located on the Netball Southwest website under competitions.To be eligible to play in the tournament players must have been 12 years of age on the 1st September 2011.

In order to help prepare for and select a squad for this competition we will be running additional training sessions for all players within the age group who are interested in being considered for the squad.

The first of these sessions is being held on Sunday 11th December between 10am and 12pm indoors at Devizes Leisure Centre and will cost £2.50 per player.

Please confirm your attendance or let me know if  you are unable to attend this session but would like to be considered for the under 14 regional squad - nikki_rider@hotmail.com

Further training dates for 2012 will be confirmed in the new year.

If you have any questions please contact Becky Sedgwick or Nikki Lloyd.


Moonraker Junior League

The next round of the Moonraker Junior League will take place on Sunday 6th November at Devizes Leisure Centre.

Players who are selected will be told at training and will be given a note with more information.

High Five matches will take place between 10 and 11am; matches for under 12s between 11am and noon, for under 13s and under 14s between noon and 1.15pm.

Pass on Your Passion

England Netball are inviting everyone aged between 12 and 25 volunteering in netball - as an umpire, coach, committee member, school helper or in any other way - to sign up for their Pass on Your Passion programme, which recognises and rewards young volunteers in netball.

Once you register online, you will receive a pack from England Netball.  All you do then is record your hours, send in the slips to England Netball and await your rewards!  For just 10 hours, you get an England water bottle - all the way up to 100 hours when the reward is a hoodie, and then 400 hours for an award presented at England Netball's Goalden Globes Awards evening!

For more information, check out their website - or see Becky, Trudie or Sue for a leaflet.

So, if you're volunteering, make sure you sign up!


Superleague Ball Girls Required!

Devizes Netball Club has been asked to provide ball girls for Team Bath's Superleague match versus Surrey Storm on Friday 3rd February at Bath University's sports village.  It's great fun and a chance to see some of England's best players in action close up. 

After Christmas we will be asking members of the junior club if they would like to be a ballgirl.  You get free entry to the match (although members of your family will have to pay) and a chance to be first in line for photos and autographs after the game.

For more information see Becky or Trudie.


Great results at Chippenham Friendlies

U11, U12 and U13 teams travelled to Chippenham on Saturday 24th September for some pre-season friendlies.

There were some great results, with all teams playing well.  Both high five teams beat Chippenham; the U12s won 7-5 and the U13s lost against a very strong Chippenham side.

Well played to: Chinda, Louise, Jemima, Imogen, Molly, Kyla, Lydia, Lauren, Jodie, Emily, Bethan, Tabitha, Marley, Eleanor, Jasmine, Issy, Olivia, Daisy, Chelsea, Nicole, Tilly, Met, Leah, Sophie, Lacey, Hannah and Caitlin.

Become an England Netball Youth Advisor!

England Netball need your help - if you are aged between 9 and 25.  They want to recruit as many young players as they can to help them by evaluating proposals and helping them review existing England Netball programmes.  You will be contacted about once every 6 weeks by email and might find yourself testing a new website game or saying what you think about new rules.

To sign up, go to http://www.englandnetball.co.uk/youth-zone/Youth_Advisors.  Please let us know if you become an advisor!


County Academy Congratulations!

Congratulations to Lil Wood and Nicole Pfeil who were selected to attend next year's under 16 county academy, the second rung on the England Netball Excel Pathway.


Devizes Summer Tournament Success!

Congratulations to Devizes Pink, who won the club's high five tournament on Saturday 10th June.   The Pinks finished top out of a big group of nine teams, beating Lawn A by one point to take the title.  Devizes Blue finished in a brilliant third place, and Devizes Green, playing some strong netball, were 7th.   This win caps a very successful year for our under 11s.

high five winners 2011 2


Devizes under 12s finished in second place to Lawn, and the under 14s were a creditable 5th out of 7 in a very strong group.

Thanks to all the parents, umpires and team managers for their help and support, but especially to Sue Bittner and Trudie Procter, the junior club coaches.


Satellite Success

Six Devizes girls have been selected to take part in the Devizes and Area Under 14 Satellite Academy next year.  The academy is the first rung on the England Netball Excel pathway for young players.

The academy, which will take place from September to March next academic year, is aimed at girls in the under 14 age bracket, but also takes talented younger players.  So particular congratulations must go to Olivia Jones-Tunnicliff and Jasmine Mitchell who will be taking their places at the academy as U12s next year.  In addition, Met Smith, Sarah Hogan, Louise Buller and Izzy Jaggs were also selected.


Pinehurst Charity High Five Tournament, May 2011


Devizes High Five teams continued their very successful season with a win at the Pinehurst Charity High Five tournament at the weekend.

Trudie Procter writes:

We took 2 teams to the tournament:

Devizes Pink - Olivia Jones/Emily Maslen/Chinda Smith/Olivia Maslen/Becky Male/Niamh O'Connor(C)/Jasmine Mitchell


Devizes Blue - Thea Dillon(C)/Jasmine Stacey/Polly Lauerbooth/Millie Long/Hollie Maslen/Megan Turnidge/Megan Holloway
Devizes Pink won all of their league matches - 7-2, 4-1, 5-0,14-0, 14-0.  Devizes Blue lost their first match 0-4,won the next 7-0,drew 2-2, and won the last two 4-0 and 5-0, and came third, losing out on the semis by 1 point.

In their semi final, Devizes Pink beat Croft A 6-1. In the final they played Pinehurst A. This was quite a nerve racking final as Devizes played catch up throughout. At the final whistle we thought we had lost by one goal, but we had forgotten that Pinehurst's first goal was disallowed for '4 seconds'.Pinehurst High Five winners 2011

So we went to 'golden goal', but no rotations were allowed. Devizes Pink had first centre pass which was intercepted straight away, and Pinehurst had the ball in their shooting circle in just two passes. Much to our relief they missed. Some careful passing brought the ball into Devizes Pink's circle and a very focussed shot at goal gave us the winning goal.

Both teams played some lovely netball throughout the tournament, with crucial interceptions being a key part to their play.


Dates for your diary!

Our junior tournament will be held on Saturday 11th June 2011.  There will be matches for under 11s, under 12s, under 14 and under 16s.  More information will be given out nearer the day, but please keep this date free.


Moonraker Junior League - Sunday 13th March

Congratulations to our juniors for another good set of results from the latest round of the Moonraker Junior League.


Devizes results:

High Five:

  • Devizes Pink v Team Bath - lost 3-12
  • Devizes Pink v Chippenham - won 8-2
  • Devizes Blue v Team Bath - lost 1-5
  • Devizes Blue v Blue Jays - won 8-4
  • Devizes Turquoise v Chippenham - lost 2-6
  • Devizes Turquoise v Blue Jays - lost 2-12

The Under 12s lost 1-8 to a strong Westbury team.  The under 13s had four short games - they lost 2-3 to Blue Jays, then beat them 4-1; they beat Chippenham 2-0 and then drew with Chippenham 2-2.

Thank you very much to Sue Bittner and Trudie Procter for running the fixtures.


Blue Jays Tournament

There were some excellent performances from Devizes teams at the Blue Jay tournament, but it was a tournament of very high standard.

In the High Five event, Devizes Turquoise and Blue both fought well, winning one each of their games.  Devizes Pink won 6 and drew 2 games, meaning they progressed to the semi-finals, where they lost in a close game to Swans, 1-2.

The under 12s had a very tough competition, winning one game but losing their other games. The under 14s won four and lost four, to end up 4th out of 8.

Thanks must go to Sue Bittner and Trudie Procter, as well as Steph, Hannah and Lil for accompanying the teams and umpiring.


Moonraker Junior League Match Reports

Devizes showed that they are a force to be reckoned with at the first round of the Moonraker Junior League on Sunday 7th November.  Supported by plenty of parents, all age groups played well.  Our two U11 High Five teams dominated their opposition, both winning easily, as did our U12 squad.  Meanwhile, in the U14 section, Devizes put out a team of U13s, who drew with an older Wessex Blades squad.


The results were:

Devizes U11 Pink  v  Blue Jays  Won 10-1

Devizes U11 Blue  v  Chippenham  Won 12-1

Devizes U12  v Chippenham 1  Won 10 - 5

Devizes U13 v Wessex Blades U14  Drew 13-13


The second round of the league will take place at Warminster on Sunday 5th December in the morning - venue and times to be confirmed.


Under 11s shine at Pinehurst Tournament

Pinehurst High Fives 2010

Two Devizes teams took part in Pinehurst Netball Club's High Five Charity Shield tournament on 24th October.  Both teams played exceptionally well to win four of their five matches in their respective groups and reached the semi finals. This consisted of two Trinity/Devizes matches with Devizes A playing Trinity B and Devizes B playing Trinity A. (Trinity is a very good club in Oxfordshire). Devizes B lost their match and Devizes A won after playing extra time for a

Pinehurst High Fives 2010

golden goal!!  Unfortunately Devizes A were then beaten by a very well drilled Trinity A in the Final. However, it was a very successful day for the club and well played to all the players and to all the parents who supported them.





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