Exeter Netball Club pictured after beating Bath to win Netball South West Regional 1 league.
Exeter University Netball Club (EUNC) partnership with Exeter Netball Club (ENC) Regional squad showing great success this season
Exeter Netball Club have been competing in the Regional 1 division for a number of years, fighting for promotion to Premier League 3.
Sport Scholars Hannah Blackman, Christina Shaw and Maisie Sharp are members of the ENC Regional 1 squad as well as current EUNC 1st team players Maddie Heywood and Mia Broomhall. ENC finished the regular season top of the table after a series of hard fought matches. This put them into the running for play offs to continue into the Premier League 3 for 2018-2019 season. The main rival team Aquarians have been winning the league for many years, and have kept stealing the top spot from ENC. This year Exeter were determined not to let that happen. In both the home and away games, Exeter stayed calm and controlled throughout, remaining in the lead for the whole 60 minutes. This was the first time that ENC have beaten Aquarians and to do that twice in the same season was a fantastic achievement.
The next challenge was beating Team Bath. Having a lot of Team Bath Netball Performance League (NPL) players themselves, ENC knew that this would be a highly competitive match. In their first away game against the Team Bath side, it was goal for goal with neither side showing signs of backing down. Unfortunately, ENC couldn’t quite grab the win and lost the match narrowly 46-50. In their last game of the season ENC faced Bath again on home turf, needing a win to secure the league title and a place in the promotion playoffs. A number of tired legs from Saturday’s NPL matches the day before were put out of the players mind until the last whistle had blown. Ending the first quarter with a strong 8 goal lead, lots of positivity and confidence was coming from the ENC bench. The game continued and so did ENC’s performance, Bath were still putting up a fight but couldn’t quite claw back the score, ending the game with an ENC win 63-57. These results are fantastic for the Exeter side, meaning that they are now up for promotion to Premier League 3. Play offs for the Premier League will be played on the 5th and 6th of May in Ilford, Essex in a tournament format.
Reflecting on the season ENC Regional 1 squad member Jules Crispin commented "Its been an amazing season for Exeter NC seniors winning NSW Regional League 1 for the first time and heading to Premier league play-offs. The hard work, dedication and commitment of players, coaches and supporters have paid off. It was such a great feeling beating Aquarains netball club this season (both home and away fixtures). We have got close to beating them in previous seasons, but this season was the first which is a great achievement. I'm so proud to be part of an amazing squad who are committed, talented and great to be around. Special mention to all of the students who have continued to ensure Exeter NC have the best match teas!”
Denise Ellis, coach of both Exeter NC and Head of Netball at University of Exeter, added "It's been an amazing season for Exeter Netball Club. We have achieved a lot in this season, with players from the club representing Team Bath NPL across all age groups. Both Regional teams have completed excellently in their respective leagues, with Regional 1 winning and the Regional 3 squad currently at the top of their league. The club is supported by some amazing volunteers, including parents and coaches to ensure the club can acheive as much as possible, so a lot of thanks are awarded to them for their efforts. Let's hope the club continues to develop and provide environment for those that want to enjoy the sport of netball".
Exeter Netball Club Regional 1 side now continue their preparations for the Premier League playoffs, with the Regional 3 side currently sitting top of their table with one game left to play.
Written by Hannah Barnes, Exeter College student.
Date: 25 April 2018