United Services enjoy tournament with a twist

Action from the United Services netball tournament at Burnaby Road
Action from the United Services netball tournament at Burnaby Road

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United Services enjoyed a hugely successful day as they hosted a tournament with a twist.

The players all drew their positions out of the hat for the fun event.

It was part of the United Services club open day, with the hockey, rugby and football teams also in action.

The netball tournament saw a mixture of players from the sides in division two, three and seven split into teams.

This allowed them to integrate new players while enjoying the experience of playing a totally different position on the court.

It also meant that division seven players could more easily compete against the division two players on the court.

Names were also pulled out of the hat for umpiring and the club found a number of potential officials.

Salote Richards, in particular, controlled her game extremely well despite it being her first time umpiring for United Services.

The teams were fairly evenly matched but it was the Dark Blues who won to take away the cup.

To keep with the informalities of the day a few prizes were given to those players contributing to the team spirit.

Tracey Irvine won the tournament award for encouraging not only her team-mates but also the new members of the club.

Andrene Sutherland took away an award for her performance on the court and Emma Faulkner won an award for her sterling umpiring efforts.

This award was particularly well received as the division seven player was also celebrating her 40th birthday on the day.

A great deal of fun was had by each team and it didn’t finish on court.

The players then moved onto the sports bar for some drinks alongside the football, rugby and hockey teams.

Thanks go to the families of the United Services players for supporting the event and helping making it a success.