Aces aiming to be king of clubs

Aces netball team.
Aces netball team.
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Aces are relishing the chance to play top-flight netball again after storming to promotion last season.

The team – who were originally called Hughes Ellard and started out four years ago – changed their name in the summer after some of the original players left the team.

New captain Amie Gibbs took over when the team said goodbye to Leanne Channon and Abbie Buckland, with Channon handing over the captaincy and the running of the club.

This summer, Aces welcomed Laura Rudland to the team and they had a great season winning most of their games, keeping them in the top-two throughout.

They welcomed back the youngest player in the team, Sarah Sillman, towards the end of the season after she had a baby girl.

But, sadly, another goodbye was made to Heulwen ‘H’ Retallick.

Captain Gibbs said: ‘After finishing runners-up in division two, we were looking forward to playing top-flight netball and the new challenges it would bring.

‘As Hughes, some of the team had already played division one netball but we came straight back down, so our aim is to stay put this time.

‘I tell the girls to go out, have fun and play our game, which so far seems to be working.’

Tallisa ‘Tee’ Haynes, Laura Hubb and Hannah Stratton also joined Aces this season and have been a huge asset.

Most of the girls play in different leagues so they don’t all train together, but they very much enjoy a good social night out together.

Gibbs added: ‘I would like to thank Liz Northcott and Bryony Smith for being my back-up players and always coming along when they are needed.

‘And a big thank-you must go to Pauline Taylor for umpiring and Aly Bradley for putting up with me asking questions all the time – and also her umpiring.

‘I am an umpire and we also have two of the team hoping to be umpiring for next season.

‘We are sitting quite comfortably in fifth place at the moment after beating Tigers, Youngstars and drawing with Kats.

‘We also had fairly-close games with Angels and Stars, so if we can keep up what we’re doing then we should stay put.’

Aces are on the lookout for a sponsor to support the team.

Anyone is interested should contact captain Gibbs at