CHILDREN in Need was the real winner as the Portsmouth Netball Association (PNA) held a fancy dress-themed tournament in aid of the BBC charity.
A fantastic £504.30 was raised on the memorable night for the worthy cause, with 14 teams from the PNA and two from the neighbouring Gosport Netball Association taking part in the fun-filled versatility event.
Shooting Stars (Brownies) and Fusion (Pirates) were crowned champions as they won their respective eight-team groups.
But the main focus was on the money raised.
And with the event returning after a one-year absence – due to the PNA being without a tournament secretary – chairwoman Jacqui O’Neill was delighted so many teams turned out for the ever-popular competition.
‘The evening was a success, with £504.30 being raised from entry into the tournament and some teams donating their deposit cheques. There was even raffle tickets and cakes on sale, too,’ said O’Neill.
‘Some spectators also donated money on the night.
‘Two of our committee members, Linda Burton and Sheila Davies, manned the top table all night, along with the help of our general secretary’s daughter, Kirby Adams.
‘They kept scores and times, as well as selling the raffle tickets and cakes, and did a great job.’
With the indoor courts at the Mountbatten Centre awash with colour as teams donned their fancy-dress costumes, a terrific atmosphere accompanied every game.
Players dressed as superman, angels, bumble bees, Disney characters, pirates, brownies, reindeers, dragons, hornets, pyjamas and cats all fought it out in a bid to be named champions.
Yet it was Portsmouth division three side Fusion (group A) and premiership one outfit Shooting Stars (group B) whose customs failed to affect their netball skills, as they ran out worthy winners of their keenly-contested groups.
Group A finished with Oceans 7 as runners up, then Swanmore Sirens, Fishbourne Flames, Hornets, Cherque Chicks, Dragons and Springers.
The group B runners-up were Teamforce, with Shooting Stars II, Shooting Stars III, Angels, Teamforce II, Jelly Babies and Westowen making up the rest of the placings.
O’Neill added: ‘I would like to thank the organisers for the tournament.
‘Also Linda, Kirby and Sheila for running the table and, most importantly, umpires Helen Mann, Angie Osborne, Marony Choppen, Karen Dandy and Sharon Idir.
‘Without them the night would have been very hectic, especially if teams had to provide umpires as well.
‘I would also like to thank Helen for her generosity.
‘All games were played in good spirit and many said they had enjoyed the night and were already looking forward to next year.
‘So if anyone would like to join the PNA as tournament secretary, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org’
The PNA committee, as always, donated £100 towards the amount raised and also put in some raffle prizes.
Pictures taken on the night are available to view on the PNA facebook page.