Teams mix it up

Megan Wallace

Hard work pays off as Megan celebrates GB dream

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TEAM REEM, Mobys and Youngstars were the group winners as one of the biggest mixed tournaments around proved a massive success once again.

The event – held at Brune Park Community College in Gosport – saw 19 teams split into three groups, each with teams of the same standard.

‘The turn-out for this year was great,’ said tournament organiser and GFNA vice chairperson Kelly Hayward.

‘It is the biggest I have seen in the five years I have been running tournaments within the league and it’s fantastic to see the teams supporting the league.’

In group A, it was Team Reem who came out victors, with Fingers coming a close second.

Group B saw Youngstars pull out some great performances to win the group, leaving Salterns as runners-up.

And in group C it was Mobys who took the crown, beating Gosport Ferry to the title.

‘Teams in all of the groups played some fantastic netball,’ Hayward explained.

‘But the game of the day had to be the group A final, which ended in a draw, forcing the teams to play extra-time to decide the winner.

‘One team, who enter every tournament but never seem to win anything, finished an impressive third in group C.

‘I was so pleased for them – a big well done to Fareham Tigers.

‘Who knows, maybe next time they’ll be taking home the silverware?’

The popular event also continued to raise money for the court resurfacing at the venue.

‘It’s with great thanks to Brune Park for again allowing us to play this tournament free of charge,’ Hayward added.

‘We have been able to inject another few hundred pounds into the court kitty.

‘As always, I wouldn’t have been able to do this tournament without the support of the umpires.

‘So a huge thank you goes to Andrea Davis, Siobhan Glenn, Karen Miles, Sue Smith, Helen Mann, Aly Bradley and Sam Brown.’

‘I would also like to wish Jenna Carpenter (Gators), Chelsea Smee (Youngstars) and Roger Gosling (Gosport Family) a speedy recovery for the injuries they sustained in the tournament.’

Teams won’t have to wait too long into the new season before the next event, as Hayward explained: ‘The next tournament will be Sunday, October 2, and it will be a ‘Pick a Mix’ tournament.

‘Myself and Andrea Davis are working together on this one to bring back a different type of tournament, which hasn’t been done for a long time.

‘Pick a Mix allows players to enter as an individual, with teams being picked at random, so all teams will be of a mixed ability with players from across all divisions.’

Entry forms for the Pick a Mix tournament will be available soon from Kelly Hayward or Andrea Davis. Interested players can contact Kelly or Andrea for more information.