Blake Morgan lay down the law

Blake Morgan. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151486-3)
Blake Morgan. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (151486-3)
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Blake Morgan remained unbeaten to take home the winners’ trophies at the first Portsmouth Workplace Back to Netball festival.

The team of solicitors and support staff only dropped points in a draw against fellow solicitors Irwin Mitchell as they were crowned champions in the tournament which attracted 10 businesses and organisations.

Roxanne Schubert, organiser of the winning team, said: ‘It was a great event, lots of fun and played in a really friendly atmosphere.

‘The icing on the cake was winning but it was great to be involved.

‘Many ladies in our team and others played netball for the first time in many years and absolutely loved it!’

England Netball’s development community coach, Debbie Laycock, ran the event in partnership with Portsmouth City Councils’ public health team.

She said: ‘We had around 100 ladies involved in the festival with the emphasis on fun, rather than over competitiveness.

‘Many of the ladies are really enthusiastic about carrying on with their netball now they have a taste for it again.

‘And I look forward to welcoming them to Back to Netball sessions in the area – as well as coaching some of the teams to establish themselves properly.’

The Mary Roses, a team made up of employees from the Mary Rose Trust at Portsmouth Dockyard, took home the runners up medals.

Portsmouth City Council came third.

Teams from St John’s College, Corpus Christie School, Fat Face, EIP from Portsmouth City Council and the Cardiac team from Queen Alexandra Hospital also took part.

Laycock added: ‘As always, we cannot run these events successfully without the support of fabulous umpires and officials.

‘Our appreciation also goes to the public health team at Portsmouth City Council, especially Matt Birch the sports officer. We had some fabulous feedback and hopefully we can organise another workplace-based event in the New Year.’

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