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The Portsmouth Netball Association (PNA) Children in Need mixed tournament was back with a bang after a two-year absence.

A total of 12 teams entered and competed on Friday, November 22, on the indoor courts at the Mountbatten Centre.

There was some super netball on display – and that was mainly from the men.

The teams were split into two groups across the two courts and the fancy dress themed tournament was full of laughter from beginning to end.

On show were teams dressed as St Trinians – with the Aerial Angels guys choosing to dress like ladies instead of school boys – pirates, army, unusual netball kits and some skeletons who won the prize for best dressed.  

Registration secretary Lara Dunk said: ‘The evening was a success with £450 being raised from entry into the tournament, three teams donating their deposit cheques, raffle ticket sales and there were even cakes on sale thanks to Lesley Bruton.

‘A thank you must go to Aerial Angels, Rough Diamonds and Kids R Us for donating their deposit cheques and to everyone who donated to the raffle.’

‘Two of our committee members, Julie Kill and Sheila Davies, manned the top table all night keeping scores, times and selling raffle tickets and cakes.

‘A lot of the men played some great netball.’

The winners of group A were Wrong Direction and the winners of group B were the Boney M’s.

The group A table finished with Rough Diamonds as runners up, then Southdowns, Devils, Kids R Us and Allsorts 2.

Group B runners-up were Here Comes the Boom, ahead of Rusty Trombone, Wronguns, Allsorts and Cunning Stunts.

The final was played in a very competitive but friendly manner with Wrong Direction leading 5-3 at half time but the Boney M’s came back fighting to win 9-7. 

Tournament secretary Clair Buckland said: ‘I would like to thank my committee members for running the tournament as I was on holiday.

‘A massive thank you to the umpires Helen Mann, Marony Choppen, Tracey Walker and Tracy Griffiths as without them some teams wouldn’t be able to play if they had to provide an umpire.’

The PNA committee as always donated £50 towards the amount raised and put in raffle prizes.

Next up is the ladies’ tournament tomorrow.

Anyone that can help with the umpiring should e-mail Clair at tournament@portsmouthnetball.org.uk