Pinehurst U16s seeded into Division One Regional League as Lawn narrowly miss out

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Pinehurst U16s and Lawn U16s took part in a Netball South West regional seeding tournament in Plymouth at the weekend to try and play their way into Division One.

Sixteen teams from across the South West took part in the tournament which is run to set Divisions One and Two for the upcoming season, aiming to get the top eight teams into Division One.

And by finishing third in their group, Pinehurst qualified for Division One and can look forward to an exciting but tough season.

Coach Stacey Richmond commented, “All the hard work over the past seasons and excellent performances in the tournament justified the team’s place in Division One.”

Lawn fielded a young squad due to absent players and played hard and fair throughout the tournament.

Lawn had four matches against various squads from the South West of the country, losing two, drawing one and winning one.

It was an impressive achievement for such young players and they only missed out on entering the South West Division One League by a single goal.

They will now go into the second division and gain experience playing teams from around the South West.

Meanwhile, Nationwide’s Regional squad led Old Chelts from the very start of the match and maintained their impressive lead right the way through.

The team had a new combination of shooters this week with Ruth Rance taking to the court for her first regional match for Nationwide as Goal Attack.

The Old Chelts attack proved to be no match for the Nationwide defence as they dominated the defending circle.

Great mid-court play from Amy Cottle, Kathryn Sell and Fran Connolly, and impressive shooting from Jess Sowden (who was awarded player of the match), Ruth Rance and Shannon Stephenson made it easy for the away side to pull the score to an impressive 66-22 and a second consecutive win for Nationwide’s 2016/17 campaign.

Lawn’s Regional League Two team had a fairly close match against Galmington Titans.

Lawn played some good netball, moving fluidly through court and put up a fight but couldn’t retain a lead.

Lawn lost by 14 goals but some good shooting from Abbie Simpson earned her player of the match. The final score was 56-42 to the Titans.

Lawn over 35’s started the results off with a convincing win over Croft.

Lawn played good defensively all throughout the court and displayed some accurate shooting, winning them the match by 25 goals.

Goal Defence Sandra Wright was rewarded player of the match.