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Netball news from around the World by Rona Hunnisett
The Abu Dhabi Eagles are celebrating this week, after winning the Competitive Cup Competition at the 27th Inter-Gulf Netball Championships which featured more than 20 teams from across the region, including sides from Al Ain, Qatar, Bahrain, Fujairah and Doha. After defeating Dubai B in the semi finals, the Eagles faced Dubai A in the final in a repeat of previous years’ finals, and held their nerve despite a spirited fightback from their opponents, to take the title 11-10. Abu Dhabi took more silverware in by winning the mens’, U19 and Competitive Bowl competitions, while Daisy Conchie from the U19 side was awarded the Player of the Tournament trophy. The Geckos are pictured with their trophy, as well as their team mascot.
University of Trinidad and Tobago retained its premiership title in the Courts All Sectors Netball League this week, while TSTT claimed the Retro Division title, with a 34-18 win against Les Enfants. Undefeated throughout the competition, the TSTT side was inspired by a great shooting performance by Debra Alie, who contributed 25 of her side’s goals.
Across the Caribbean, the Jamaica Netball Association has announced it is seeking commercial sponsorship to assist in sending the young Sunshine Girls side to the World Youth Championships in Scotland later this year. A new general manager for the association, which is to be renamed Netball Jamaica, will be appointed shortly, with a mandate to generate income and manage the organisation’s $J100 million budget in the short to medium term. Parish associations are also being established across the island, to improve competitive opportunities for players of all ages and playing standards and these will be run by a new management board with clear performance objectives.
Three of Namibia’s national squad have been invited to take part in the Singapore national league when it gets under way next month. Eve Hamwaala, Viva Kaperipa and Gleneth Kazonganga will travel to Singapore for the five-month competition, to experience different coaching, training and competitive styles which can then be passed on to team mates back in Namibia.
UK Netball Superleague leaders Surrey Storm lost their undefeated record this week with a 51-50 loss to Yorkshire Jets. The Yorkshire side were in superb form from the start, leading throughout the match, and despite a spirited fightback from the visitors, held on for their first win of the season. In the week’s other games, Northern Thunder defeated Celtic Dragons 63-39, Mavericks beat Team Northumbria 62-31 and TeamBath bounced back from a loss in the previous round to overcome Loughborough Lightning 69-30. With Bath, Storm and Thunder now tied at the top of the table with three wins apiece, Storm’s fixture against Thunder this weekend is a must-win for both sides as they aim to take the top spot on their own.
Finally, parliamentarians took to the court in Malawi last weekend, in a series of friendly sporting fixtures against their counterparts from neighbouring Zambia. Malawi’s MPs proved too strong for the visitors, winning 13-5 in a fixture which aimed to raise the profile of the sport across the country.
South Korea’s Inbee Park has become just the seventh woman golfer to win the traditional career Grand Slam. photo Tristan Jones LET
03. August 76
A full weekend of unique displays of Acrobatic Gymnastics were performed at The Echo Arena in Liverpool. photos by Ant Beviss and Alan Britten
02. August 77
Kim won last year's Evian Championship in her first appearance in a Major and Ko has the opportunity to do the same.
02. August 80
Lauren Steadman (GBR) commanded the course and was the frontrunner from start to finish.
02. August 68
11-16 Age Groups have been completed.
02. August 94
Corletto completed the Diamonds’ first training session of the four-day World Cup preparation camp in Newcastle.
01. August 103
Finals day for the British Acrobatic Gymnasts takes place today at The Echo Arena in Liverpool. photos by Ant Beviss
01. August 95
The world’s best female surfers tested their beach-break skills as competition ran through Round 4 and the Quarterfinals today in two-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier.
01. August 98
The 31-year-old from Sollefteå, Sweden, is a 12-time National Champion, and currently holds the blue and yellow cross jersey in both Road Race and Time Trial.
01. August 53
The second day of the British Gymnastics Championship Series at Echo Arena, Liverpool saw the coveted senior aerobic British titles decided.
01. August 85
The Rebellion defeated the Bandits 4-2 in a wacky game that saw two ties and three lead changes.