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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.
Serena defeats Venus, Sharapova and Azarenka through, jankovic and Wozniacki out
USA were quickest to the ball from the opening whistle and immediately reaped greater rewards than they could ever have imagined.
05. July 107
Click on All Results for the Final Scores. photos Alan Britten
04. July 97
Extra time proved a healer for England as Fara Williams scores in Extra time. The FA
04. July 72
Spain's Garbine Muguruza's takes out Germany's Angelique Kerber in three sets, Wozniacki through
04. July 73
Alex Peters from England shot a course record equalling second round of nine under par 63 to lead the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Friday.
04. July 212
Finals for youth and beginners decided. photos Alan Britten for WSR
03. July 112
The match of the tournament so far, British Number 1 Heather Watson had the game of her life out on Centre Court. Sharapova also through
03. July 79
It is hard to imagine there ever being a crueller end to a semi-final on the world stage than England’s last-gasp defeat against Japan in Edmonton. FIFA
03. July 82
The 32-year-old from Valence ended the day ahead of South African Ashleigh Simon, Italian Sophie Sandolo, Josephine Janson of Sweden and Nontaya Srisawang from Thailand.
03. July 88
Fellow forward Aluko was only on the substitute’s bench, but says the shock hit the whole squad.