What a year we've had! With the addition of a 7th BUCs squad this year, there were over 70 girls playing league netball every Wednesday. We also had a development team and a social netball team! Unfortunately, our season was cut short at the end - we had to cancel the last few matches and our annual Varsity against UWE. Nevertheless, the UBNC 2019-2020 season was still exciting, filled with ups, downs, and most importantly; netball. At the end of the day, netball is always the real winner, am I right ladies?
Keep reading for a quick round up of our coaches, 7 BUCs teams, plus the social and development squads, with some very attractive post-match photos for good measure. Then, some of our favourite photos from socials and games throughout the year.
Firstly, our season would not have been possible without the excellent training and support provided by our fab coaches!
Philippa Hicks returned this season to continue coaching our 1st and 2nd teams, whilst we were lucky enough to have Katie Jones join us to take on our 3rd and 4th teams. Finally, Izzy Robinson, who plays in our 1st team, coached our 5th, 6th, 7th, and development squads.
A special thank you, also, to Lynda for reviewing the footage of our 1st team and doing the stats for them each week.
We really couldn't make it through a season without the efforts put in by all of our coaches, and we're so appreciative to be able to have their expertise for training and matches each week! Thank you!
From left to right:
Top row: Lynda Onuoha, Izzy Robinson, Lauren Wood, Joanna Leslie (C), Charley Wilson,
Alex Maskell, Kate Skuse
Bottom row: Alice Winch, Ciara Gibson, Lauren Shepheard, Lizzie McGechie (the only fresher!)
From left to right:
Top row: Anna Hughes, Charlotte Lawrence, Jessamy Baker, Connie Rutter, Molly Down, Issy Stancliffe
Bottom row: Caitlin Xerri (C), Hattie Slater, Amelia Hoppenbrouwers, Laura Smith
Not pictured: Lynda Onuoha, Lucy Werrett
From left to right:
Top row: Rebecca Elvidge, Olivia Thorniley-Walker, Hannah Pickup, Ella Eze, Cherelle Davis, Julia Craggs, Georgina Oliver
Bottom row: Maddie Coombe, Caitlin Keenan, Damaris Kellett (C), Zoe Oakley, Lilah Hughes
Left to right:
Top row: Hannah Otty (C), Kristen Lau, Artemis Prevot, Tamara Spitz, Kitty Bruen
Bottom row: Rhiannon Tanner, Hermione Hodgson, Holly Streat, Becky Waterworth
Not pictured: Charlotte Fossey
Left to right:
Top row: Sofia Mashanovich, Izzy Yates, Izzy Arnold, Dilly Woolliams, Victoria Loveday, Lara Wells
Bottom row: Rachel Guest, Helen Marriner, Lucy Sibert (C), Lily Fakile
Not pictured: Tiegan Sime
Left to right:
Top row: Megan Jenkins, Rachel Popplewell, Tilda Smaill, Olivia Lyle, Millie Guest, Poppy Savage
Bottom row: Naomi Lee (C), Lydia Morris, Niamh Senior
Not pictured: Kate Fitzhenry
Left to right:
Top row: Alex Scott, tara King, Abbey Robertson, Lucy Hubbard, Sophie James (C), Emmanuel Nemorin, Ellie Thomas
Bottom row: Georgie Hickman, Melissa Shepherd, Bella Knott, Sophie Rogers
Development Team and Social Netball
As well as our 7 BUCs teams, we have a development squad. They train with the 5s, 6s, and 7s and play in university's intramural netball tournament every Sunday.
Social netball is for those who want to keep on playing, but don't fancy anything too competitive. The sessions take place every Sunday and are ran by a member of Committee!
Fun and Games
We're not as serious as we look all the time, promise! Once we're off court, it's all laughs. Matches and training are so much fun when you love your teammates, and we were lucky that our teams got on so well this year! On Wednesdays, after matches, we have our weekly sports night socials, which never fail to keep us entertained... Enjoy these photos of some of the funnier moments of our season.
UBNC kicked off with a bang on the 2nd September, with UBNC girls travelling from all over the country to return to Bristol and get ready for the upcoming season. Find out what went on during preseason, how trials played out and what’s happening this week in UBNC...
WHAT WE DID DURING PRESEASON
Preseason involved a variety of tough training sessions, combining fitness with skill practise to prepare us fully for the season ahead. Bristol Uni Sport provided us with a wonderful PT, Gareth, who gave us well-structured weight sessions and relentless fitness routines, enabling us to out run our opposition this year. Alongside these conditioning sessions, we had technical training, where we focused on perfecting fundamentals and integrating them into match play. It was physically and mentally challenging, but the hard work is already starting to pay off. Our bodies felt the pain from training so hard but we made sure to stay injury free, with exercises such as stretching and foam rolling, in order to push ourselves further.
We trained for up to 4 hours a day, 4 days a week, with Wednesdays off to relax and socialise. Socials included brunch, watching the rugby 1s game in the sunshine and a few entertaining trips to Mbargos. Check out @bristol_netball on Instagram to see the preseason highlight and watch some of the videos from training and socials.
We were delighted to welcome 10 freshers to preseason, making it the first proper year of inviting and hosting freshers before the season starts. They stayed with older members and attended all sessions and socials, meaning they had already made some new friends before starting university. We really enjoyed having them and are happy to say they are all now members of UBNC.
We introduced a special award in preseason called 'Red Hot Play of the Day' and here's some of the girls that won this award for some super moves and outstanding play...
'GIVE IT A GO' AND TRIALS
There were over 500 sign-ups for netball during freshers fair this year, with a lot of talent discovered from our ‘Give It A Go’ sessions; they were a huge success in selecting freshers to join UBNC. We have 39 freshers joining a team this year with a lot more taking part in social netball.
We had 1s&2s, 3s&4s and 5s,6s,7s&development trails spread out throughout last week. There was some amazing play seen by our coaches, who selected the teams ready for the matches this week. Finalising teams will take up until the 5th week of games, so watch out for a teams blog post very soon.
Congratulations to all the girls who have gained a place in UBNC!
FIRST GAMES OF THE SEASON
All the teams have had training sessions in preparation for this week’s fixtures:
Good luck to all the girls taking part in their first game of season 2019/20! Be sure to check out the Instagram, @bristol_netball, to keep up to date with matches and results.
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY AMELIA AND GEORGINA
The wonderful club and vice club captain wrote an article on what it’s like to be part of the largest women’s club in the University of Bristol so follow this link to have a read and support our girl bosses in charge
Lots of UBNC love,
Calling all Bristol Uni netballers, past, present or future. Get ready for the season we’ve all been waiting for. More teams, more players, more fitness, more training and more winning.
For the 2019/20 season, we will be introducing a 7th team into the BUCS league, expanding our family and creating more opportunities for new players. This 7th team will train with our 6th and 5th teams. There’s no doubt that the team’s standard will be competitive and be just as fierce as the rest of UBNC.
This season we have amazing coaches, for all our teams, who are committed to providing the best possible training to beat our opposition and win the league of course.
What we are doing to prepare for the 2019/20 season
As you’re reading this, our returners are hard at work completing UBNC’s summer fitness programme. This involves weight training and cardio, ensuring our strength and fitness are on top form for the new season. We support each other during these summer workouts, sharing our post-gym sweaty faces on our teams’ instagrams and encouraging others to stay motivated.
On the 2nd September, UBNC’s preseason will begin, bringing returning and potential players from all over the country back to Bristol, to undergo an intense three weeks of training. This will include strength and conditioning, skill training and fitness sessions.
For the first year ever, we are looking for potential players to come along and stay in our girls’ houses in order to find out about how great UBNC is, be prepared for trials and hopefully the upcoming season. Email email@example.com to find out how you can get involved. We’d love to see you there.
Meet our new committee
We’d love to introduce you to our new committee and find out a bit more about them…
There are some important dates you need to know about for beginning of next season.
2nd Sept (3 weeks) Preseason - training on weekdays and weekends off
7th Sept Open Day – go and meet some of our amazing committee members to chat about your future with UBNC @ The Students' Union
27th Sept Freshers’ Fair – the place to be in Freshers’ Week to ask questions and SIGN UP for trials @ Clifton Downs
(if you can’t make freshers’ fair, please contact us)
We can’t wait to get back to UBNC, to win lots of games and have fun! If you’re an aspiring player, we look forward to meeting you and hopefully you’ll want to be part of our family.
Lots of UBNC love,
Netball trials followed a slightly different format this year. A new website was created for UBNC and new Bristol students keen to play competitive netball were encouraged to register their interest on the website. These students were then invited to UBNC training sessions to train alongside our teams to give us an extra opportunity to see everyone play. Furthermore these sessions were filmed to allow further analysis in case we had missed anything during the session.
Selected players were then invited to attend either 1/2s, 3/4s or 5/6s trials. At UBNC we aim to encourage participation for as many people as we can and although we have one of the largest number of teams that play competitively in BUCs in the whole university we cannot fit all the girls that trial into these. Hence, any girls we saw that showed potential but could not fit into one of our competitive teams this year were invited to train with our development squad. This squad trains weekly and is observed frequently by our coaches and players to scout any players that can be moved into one of our teams should an opening occur.
Before our team trials we host first year trials. Girls are able to sign up for these at our stand at Welcome Fair and were given a choice to register their interest to play competitively of socially. If they chose to play socially, girls were invited to UBNC taster sessions hosted at Coombe Dingle and run by members of UBNC that advised the girls on all the different opportunities to get involved in netball at Bristol such as Get Active, intramural netball or our development squad. Girls who chose to play competitively were invited to first year trials which were split over the weekend and took up the majority of the day. Girls trailing were asked to do some drills and the briefly put into match play so UBNC members could get a good chance to see everyone play before inviting girls to the appropriate team trials. Any girls who did make it to team trials were advised to go to Get Active netball sessions for the opportunity to still play and experience netball at University.
All in all, we were extremely pleased to see so many girls trial for netball (500 people signed up at Welcome Fair). Demonstrating that interest to play netball at University is extremely high and ever-growing. Please see the final team selections below. We are all excited extremely for a challenging season ahead and look forward to seeing each of our teams bond and develop as the year goes on.
1s: Imi Millington (C), Ciara Gibson (VC), Katie Northall, Ailis Hunter, Jenny Finnerty, Saffy Bhatti, Sophie Allen, Charlie Wilson, Livi Ellis, Lynda Onuoha.
2s: Ellie Wright (C), Liv Brown (VC), Georgie Hickman, Megan Glover, Steph Dean, Charlotte Fossey, Erica Jones, Ellie Brown, Alex Maskell, Charlotte Lawrence.
3s: Rosalind Stockton (C), Emily Heath (VC), Kira Williams, Lexie Israel, Julia Craggs, Maddie Coombe, Georgie Burgoyne, Emily Wilson, Lucy Baker, Poppy Wildsmith, Amelia Hoppenbrouwers.
4s: Ali Brown (C), Olivia Strafford (VC), Amy Clarkson, Kirsty Coyle, Becky Waterworth, Hattie Slater, Molly Flint, Kathleen Rafferty, Emma Bennett,
5s: Georgie Blears (C), Olivia Thorniley-Walker, Katie tucker, Anna Randall, Damaris Kellett, Clara Coleman, Clare Holding, Verity Parker, Catherine Brown, Alice Griffiths, Georgina Oliver
6s: Imi Wise (C), Imi Stevens, Ellen Rees, Annabel Noth, Charlotte Arbuthnott, Nicole Tuffin, Chloe Houghton, Clare Holding, Lucy Sibert, Emilie Tretow-Busellato, Sophie James.
University of Bristol's Netball Club kicked off preseason on the 4th September 2017. Over the following two weeks the girls were put to the test with a busy schedule and challenging fitness programme.
Members were immediately welcomed back by PT Troop who treated them to a hard and gruelling fitness session on the Durdham Downs. PT Troop's sessions are infamous within the club for being both mentally and physically tough. He tests and improves fitness, stamina and strength. This first session focused on strength and conditioning, engaging muscles that had been neglected over the summer! Squats, press ups and interval training made up the majority of the session. Following this UBNC spent the rest of the afternoon with a recovery swim and had their first netball training at Coombe Dingle.
The rest of the week followed a similar structure with three varied activities a day. The club had organised sessions for members at the SEH Gym such as Body Pump, Yoga and Dance Fit which ran alongside further fitness sessions with PT Troop and netball training. It was really great to see such good commitment from members in the first week of Preseason, numbers were high and attendance was positive. Highlights from the first week include stepping out of our comfort zone in Dance Fit by learning a dance routine to Glee's 'Proud Mary' and surviving the uphill sprints from PT Troop's Friday session!
The second week brought an even greater number of girls, all enthusiastic to improve their fitness ahead of team selections. This week had a slightly different timetable as it was part of the University's Preseason programme. The Monday morning began with the SEH Gym holding a Motiv8 circuits class. This provided fitness not just for netball, but also for many of the different University teams. It was a great warm up ahead of another PT Troop session in the afternoon. With higher numbers PT Troop really put us to the test; we completed 10 sets of 30 second interval training combined with 600m timed sprints. It was encouraging to see how much the girls' fitness had already improved from the first week, evidence clearly shown by quicker times on the 600m sprints.
Each evening the Club held netball training. We worked on skills and drills and despite many of the girls not playing netball over the summer it was fantastic to see such a high standard of play. After working on new drills both defensive and attacking, it was important to utilise the time with match play to ensure that players quickly rebuilt relationships on the court. It was a brilliant foundation with which we can build on for the rest of the season.
Other University gym classes were provided such as Animal Flow Conditioning and SAQ fitness which enabled us to socialise with other clubs that had returned for their own preseason.
Spinning and Pilates classes were also on offer and utilised by the girls.
Finally UBNC ended their two weeks of preseason with an intense two hour session with PT Troop. This particularly hard session was designed to test our new levels of fitness and showcase the improvements we'd made over the Preseason. The bleep test and a mini-circuit proceeded the feared Quarry Steps challenge. Members had to dig deep for this test and complete uphill step sprints for a total of 903 steps each. The girls performed incredibly well and were continually supported by their fellow team mates.
All our hard work of the past two weeks has not only set us in good stead for the season ahead, but has also allowed us to bond as a club. It has been great to see such good commitment and enthusiasm from each and every girl. So thank you all for your dedication, positivity and most of all determination. The Club would also like to say a special thank you to all the Instructors as SEH, in particular Paul Reay who continues to work closely with the Club to aid our improvement. Also to PT Troop for the incredibly challenging yet satisfying fitness sessions (see videos below), we hope to continue to work with you throughout the season. Finally, a big thank you to our Club Captain Lynda Onuoha and our Vice Club Captain Ellie Brown for organising such a successful preseason.
UBNC members still managing to smile after a tough PT Troop session in heavy rain
On June 15th, 11 UBNC members took a trip to La Manga in Spain. After a relaxing pool day on the Thursday we geared ourselves up for a day of netball in 30 degree heat. After slapping on the suncream and strapping up injuries we stepped on court and were undefeated for the day. This meant we were through to the cup and privileged to superleague player Josie Huckle. Josie plays GK/GD for Wasps and became the newest UBNC member giving us tips and motivation to try and win the cup. Unfortunately we fell at the last hurdle, losing by one in the very last second of the final. We were demoralised, delirious and sunburnt but came to the realisation that coming 2nd out of 42 teams is an amazing achievement and we definitely didn't make it easy for the opposition throughout the tournament. An experience none of us will never forget and we're eager to return and win next year!
A HUGE thank you to this years social secs for an amazing year of socials and hosting a fabulous end of season dinner. Next years social secs have big boots to fill! Thank you to the Square Club for their incredible hospitality.