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Netball Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17

Saturday 28 January 2017

This semester the Netball Club got off to a really strong start, with highly competitive trials in September giving us four incredibly competitive squads and a total membership this year of 84 girls. Our four squads have all had great successes on court, currently placing either first or second in their respective leagues. Under the captaincy of Laura Johnston, our new fourth team have gone from strength to strength, currently leading the BUCS Scottish 7A league by 6 points with a massive 189 goal difference.

Netball 1 

The club are also very proud that Heather Gaunt has now become the University’s Director of Netball, helping to place us firmly as a performance sport within the University. After expanding to two training sessions, we’ve been able to use the new facilities to have more personalised training for our squads, and to hold mixed tournaments amongst our teams. Our Development Squad have also had their first match against Dundee Dodgers, and we’re looking forward to seeing them play more next semester!

Netball 2 

We’ve also seen great results from our 1st Team, who are currently sitting 2nd in BUCS Scottish 1A. A first this year, the team have been able to use both heart rate monitors and video software to analyse their game in order to get the best results on court. They’ve travelled to Edinburgh to take part in Varsity, and all the way down to Durham to take part in their first BUCS Trophy match in recent years. Two 1st Team members, Sally Sandison and Noush Nichols, have also made it into the Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Netball Rep Squad, and will be training and competing next year alongside the best student netballers in Scotland. 

Off court, the club has raised a massive £3000 so far for our chosen charity Teenage Cancer Trust, largely through our event Sports Stripped. We’ve also continued our community engagement project with Madras High School, and we’re expanding our programme to include Greyfriars Primary School next semester. It’s also the first year we have affiliated with NGB Netball Scotland as we become part of the wider netball community in Scotland. 

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