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Netballers courted

Netball NHS

Netball NHS

Matt White

[email protected]

@iwcpsport

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00

NEW and returning players are being encouraged to playnetball on the IW.

Efforts to get more people playing have proved successfulrecently, notably the IW NHS tournament, which involved ten teams from thehealth service competing at Seaclose.

It’s hoped the popularity of the event will lead to moreinitiatives, with the aim at getting more people involved, either for the firsttime, or those who have played previously.

The casual Friday night netball group has been running atSeaclose for the last five years.

Held fortnightly, the sessions enable anyone to play in afun, friendly environment.

Organiser Carol O’Brien said: “Since the NHS tournament, inexcess of 20 players have been coming along to continue playing netball.

“It’s all about playing for fun and enjoying thecamaraderie.

“It’s rewarding for myself and my colleague, Mandy Piner, tosee more people coming every week.”

Businesses have been invited to put teams together, with thepotential of running a small, friendly league, if enough players come forward.

IW Netball also hopes to run a course for returning playersnext year.

Walking netball is also available for those recovering frominjuries or players with limited mobility.

The sessions are held at Cowes Enterprise College and WestWight Sports and Community Centre.

Caroline Robertson has been along.

She said: “I had problems with my knee, so I played walkingnetball to improve my mobility.

“Since having surgery, I’ve been going along to Fridaynetball and I thoroughly enjoy it.”

For those keen to play competitive netball in the IW League,the clubs, Shorwell, Solent, Gurnard and Wasps, all welcome new players.

 For more details aboutany of the sessions, email [email protected]

Meanwhile, in the IW Netball League, Solent’s first teambeat their Shorwell counterparts 48-28 in the latest round of matches.

Elsewhere, Shorwell II lost 42-30 to Gurnard and ShorwellIII beat their fifth team 25-9.

Wasps beat Solent II 47-36, Gurnard II won 37-12 againstSolent IV and Solent III lost to Gurnard III 39-33

 


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