Park School not re-opening!
Sept 2020 - Devastating news for all members of Titans Netball Club, when Park School suddenly announced they would not be opening their netball facilities to the community on 16th September. We are now in the process of trying to find another venue to accommodate our large club, to enable our members to continue with the sport they love. Hopefully we will return to Park School in November, when they are going to consider a return for community users.
Refreshment Stall a massive hit
August 2020 - Our amazing Events & Fundraising Team have been working hard through the month of August, to provide a refreshment stall at our training sessions. Selling wonderful delights, a whopping £700 was raised in the space of 1 month. A massive thank you to our great team.
MP pays Titans a visit
August 2020 - Local North Devon MP - Selaine Saxby pays Titans a visit at West Buckland School, to congratulate all our Coaches, on their fantastic efforts over the Lock Down period, to keep all our members engaged through fitness activity.
New Titans 200 Club
August 2020 - Titans fundraising team have set up a NEW 200 Club, in which the first draw will take place in September. Exciting initiative in which will raise funds for our Club. 100 numbers already sold.
Titans use courts at West Buckland School
August 2020 - Titans managed to secure outside courts for August, to enable them to keep training. With over 100 members engaging in netball activities.
Titans WIN prestigious Award
July 2020 - Titans win prestigious award, in which local North Devon MP - Selaine Saxby announced, for all their recognised work for going above and beyond in the local community during this difficult time. Well Done Titans for winning the Coronavirus Hero Point of Light Award.
Fantastic Netball Court at Roborough
July 2020 - Titans were delighted to use a fantastic new netball court at the small village of Roborough for 2 weeks, in which saw up to 90 members being able to participate, in bubble fitness training of 6's. A lot of planning, with three timed sessions to enable our members to get back together.
Titans restart with 'Bubble' Training
July 2020 - Titans got their campaign re started, to getting back onto a netball court. Albeit that it was only in bubbles of 6 members, everyone was super excited to see each other again, and enjoy netball related fitness and ball handling skills. Thank you to Atherington Playing Fields for the use of their netball court.
Funding from Fullabrook CIC
June 2020 - Titans have successfully gained a grant from Fullabrook CIC, for our U16 & U14 Performance Athletes to continue their training at home. Each member will now have a netball, resistance band and resistance loop to maintain their strength & conditioning skills at home, and be ready for when Titans can start training back onto the netball court.
June 2020 - Our Titans Juniors are keeping strong with their netball skills, as they continue to strive with training sessions at home. Super proud of their commitment to succeed.
'Zoom' Training Sessions for our Juniors
May 2020 - Keeping our Junior Members connected whilst in Lock Down, with weekly 'Zoom' training sessions for our U11's, U12's, U14's and U16's. Showing great commitment to continue their training at home, and be netball ready on our return.
Quiz Nights for Titans
May 2020 - Keeping everyone entertained at Titans with Quiz nights. Keep a look out for the next one. Live on Titans Facebook page.
Online Learning for our Coaches
April 2020 - Titans Coaches - Kim Davey, Lorraine Beel, Lorraine Cleverdon-Brend & Claire Turner continue their Safeguarding & Protecting Children education, with online learning through Wessex Coach Education & UK Coaching.
Shooting & Passing Challenges
April 2020 - Titans have challenges at home for all members to practice, with the opportunity for a Titans prize for the winners.1 - How many goals can you score in one minute?2 - How many chest passes to the wall (3 feet away) in one minute?Take a video and upload to the TNC Corner (private facebook page).
Keeping connected at home
April 2020 - Titans Netball Club continue to keep connected with their netballing members, by 'Live Fitness Sessions' on Titans facebook page. Members are able to access these sessions twice a week (Monday's & Wednesday's) at 7pm, with fitness and netball specific exercises.
Ella Fraser Smith finalist for SW Goalden Globe
March 2020 - Titans committed young volunteer - Ella Fraser Smith is a finalist for the South West Goalden Globes 2020 for Young Volunteer of the Year. Ella has been a fine asset for Titans over the years, and an outstanding role model for others to aspire to. She gives up countless hours to help assist our Junior Section, either in the Coaching or Umpiring capacity.
Lorraine Beel - Finalist in Goalden Globes
March 2020 - Titans Club founder - Lorraine Beel is a finalist in the South West Goalden Globes 2020, for her commitment as a volunteer for netball. Lorraine lives and breaths netball, and passionate for Titans to succeed in North Devon, as the No1 club to support all their members, whether they are a player, official, coach, parent or volunteer.
FINALIST for Outstanding Club of the Year
March 2020 - Titans Netball Club are finalists for the OUTSTANDING CLUB OF THE YEAR, at the South West Goalden Globes 2020. Already been nominated 5 times before, and having won the accolade a whopping 3 times, Titans commitment to nourish their volunteers, is evident in the South West Region, and recognised as being an outstanding Club. Titans will have to wait their fate until the Goalden Globes will hopefully take place in the near distance future.
Team Rockets - CHAMPIONS
March 2020 - Titans U16 squad of Team Rockets are announced as the South West Regional U16 Division Two South League CHAMPIONS for the 2019/20 season. Clearly disappointed that the season has not come to full fruition, but in these unprecedented times of health and safety being our first priority, guided by England Netball and ultimately, in recent days, the government, the committee of the South West Regional League have finalised their league tables by applying each team's average points factor, to the number of matches each should have played. They felt this was the fairest way of determining the final positions. Team Rockets went undefeated all season, and their commitment and passion to succeed was very evident. Most exciting news that 10 out of these 14 players will be eligible to play in the U16 age category for next season too.
New combinations for Team Rockets
March 2020 - Titans Rockets tried out new combinations in a friendly set with our local rivals Carol Anne. This enabled three of our talented Year 9 members to take to the court, and CC Addison, Izzy Lawrence and Olive Gibbon thrived on the challenge. Captain Kitty Sampson showed her dominance on the court, in which she amassed a whopping 25 clean interceptions, in the role of 'centre'. Rockets kept their composure to see them guide in their new team mates, and took the win 50-22.
BEE NETBALL Coming to Titans
Feb 2020 - New flyer for Titans Netball Club, promoting the launch of BEE NETBALL within Titans Netball Club, from 15th April 2020.
Netball Camp for 5 to 11 year olds
Feb 2020 - Titans Netball Club are launching the 'BEE NETBALL' programme by England Netball at one of their Easter Junior Netball Camps. On Wednesday 1st April, there will be the opportunity for boys & girls to come along (aged between 5 to 11 years) to experience the format of the exciting programme. The first principle is that we are developing the child first, netballer second. This will be encouraged through being physically active, proud, confident & friendly. This Camp will be delivered by qualified Coaches that have attended the BEE Netball workshop through England Netball.
BEE Netball to be launched at Titans
Feb 2020 - Titans Netball Club will be launching the new framework of BEE NETBALL for our U11 section. From 15th April 2020, we will be having a new BUZZER, FLIER & STINGER groups within our training sessions. Anyone wishing to know more information, then please make contact with Titans NC.
Titans Coaches attend 'BEE' Workshop
Feb 2020 - Seven of Titans Coaches attended the 'BEE' Netball workshop, to gain knowledge on the philosophy and stage framework for the U11 section. Being shown that we will develop the child first and netballer second. 'BEE' netball will encourage physically active, proud, confident, friendly and resilient children, who go onto enjoy netball and an active lifestyle for many years to come.
EXCITING JUNIOR NETBALL CAMPS
January 2020 - TWO exciting Junior Netball Camps planned in the Easter Holidays for Titans Netball Club. Lots of trophies to be WON, with netball challenges galore. A must for all our Junior Members to enjoy. Lots of skills and practices, in which will be fun for all. Get yourself booked onto these fab camps. For those Year 9 members that are wishing to compete in the Senior League for the Summer & Winter season, you will get an insight on the pathway.
January 2020 - 14 year old Kitty Sampson now joins her sister Poppy and Daisy Harrison in the Team Bath Hub. All three have excelled in their netballing skills over the years, and their hard work and commitment, has seen them progress through the ranks. All three members can be regularly seen on the South West Regional circuit for Titans. Well Done girls
Coaches attend Workshops
January 2020 - Titans Coaches were out in force, learning more netballing skills, on the 'Sharp Shooting' and 'Activate' Coaching Workshops that England Netball provided in North Devon. Titans provided the venue & the players, so that six of Titans Coaches could keep up to date with coaching tips, and pass on their knowledge to our members.
U16's Team Rockets at the TOP
January 2020 - Team Rockets travelled to Cornwall to take on Penzance, and came away with a superb performance, to take a comfortable victory, 56-28. 'Rockets' started strong, to take a sailable command on the game in the first quarter, with a lead of 19-5. Goal Attack Megan Burnell put in a fine performance to earn her the accolade of Player of the Match, with a great team performance from every player. They dominated in defence, and amassed 22 interceptions, to turnover the ball, and win possession for their team. A clean, slick performance, in which only saw them penalised for 7 contact calls throughout the game. Their dedication to training and to succeed, is definitely playing dividends. Team Rockets are now sitting top of the South West Regional Division Two South League, with an unbeaten record.
THANK YOU to sponsor
January 2020 - Thank you to the 'Burnell' family of Barnstaple Autocare, that kindly sponsored our new squad members in the South West U16 Regional Squad, to have matching hoodies. THANK YOU
NEW Socks for Titans Members
January 2020 - Titans Netball Club now have NEW Socks to promote our club. Our South West Regional U16 squad of Team Rockets pictured here showing them off. These can be purchased from the Titans for £10 per pair, or £15 for two pairs.
Titans Christmas Hamper to be WON
November 2019 - Titans have made up this fantastic Christmas Hamper to be won. Including over £150 worth of goodies, with lots of Marks & Spencers products, and to include a fresh 5kg boned & rolled Turkey, and a selection of fresh vegetables. Tickets are £3.50 each, or 2 tickets for £5. Draw will be made on 13th December. Let's celebrate Christmas in style. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE IN IT, TO WIN IT.
Great Action Shot of Poppy Sampson
November 2019 - Titans Lightning took on Hucclecote Stars in the SW Regional League Division One, in which resulted in some great action photos, taken by Hucclecote's Andrew Taylor. This photo here, shows our young defensive star Poppy Sampson in action, with a superb leap, to defend the shot. Well done Poppy.
OPENING THRILLER TO THE LEAGUE
November 2019 - An opener thriller to the start of Team Rockets campaign, in the South West Regional U16 League. Edge to edge action all the way through, saw them take the victory by the smallest of margins of one goal, over Devon rivals Teignbridge Titans 34-33. Nail biting action with Rockets only taking the lead in the very last minute of the game, to enable the fine victory. What a way to start the season, especially with the majority of the team being a year young. Player of the match plaudits went to Amelia Disney.
Team White in Action
Nov 2019 - Our fantastic umpiring duo, of Nadine Sampson & Peter Burrows Bryan were out in action for their first match of the South West Regional U16 League season. Titans very much appreciate their dedication, to umpire on behalf of the Club. WELL DONE TEAM WHITE.
Titans Coaches out in force on Workshop
Sept 2019 - Titans Coaches dominate the England Netball 'On the Ball' Coaching workshop in Chulmleigh. 9 out of the 11 Coaches that attended were from Titans. A 3 hour workshop designed to give our Coaches ideas to take back to the Club. Well Done to Lorraine Cleverdon-Brend, Kim Davey, Janet Woodman, Claire Turner, Michelle Sampson, Lorraine Beel, Pip Vipond, Tracey Harrison & Ella Fraser Smith.
Team Rockets shine at County
September 2019 - The U16's of Team Rockets were in fine form at the Devon County Tournament in Paignton. Having to make sure they finished in the top 3/4 to even stand a chance of entry to the South West Regional League for 2019/20, they produced the goods when it mattered.Results:WON v Axe Vale Fusion 22-14LOSS v TTNC Warriors 12-28 WON v Dart Blizzards 27-15Semi Final - LOSS v Exeter 7-283rd/4th Place Play Off - WON v TTNC Spartans 20-15Team Line Up: Megan Burnell, Daisy Harrison, Amelia Disney, Lily Lark, Lillie Sealey, Lucie Davey, Ellie Heard, Riah Anns, Kitty Sampson. Eden Cornish, Fearne Harris, Poppy Phillips & Elise Whormsley.
Team Rockets 'B' Win Division Two Trophy
Sept 2019 - Team Rocket's 'B' held their composure to take the Division Two crown at the Lynne Bonnet Tournament. Considering all the team are in the under 16 age bracket, with one oldie in the mix, they stayed undefeated all day. Coach Lorraine Beel was super proud of their determination to succeed and stay as a team unit throughout the day. Well done to Riah Anns, Lily Lark, Lorraine Beel, Ellie Heard, Fearne Harris, Eden Cornish & Eleanor Roome.
Team Lightning WIN Division One Trophy
Sept 2019 - A mixture of Team Lightning and Thunder players came together to take part in the Lynne Bonnet tournament, to win the Division One trophy. With super hot playing conditions, they held it together to lift the crown. Well done to Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Kiara Clarke, Michelle Sampson, Charlotte Broadhead, Claire Turner, Clare Wilmott & Nicole Lathwell
Players of the Tournament
Sept 2019 - Kiara Clarke & Ruby Cutler win the Player of the Day at the Lynne Bonnet Tournament, at Park School. Both players showed their class, Kiara playing for Division One - Team Lightning and Ruby playing for Division Three - Team Comets. Both in the defending roles
14 Year Old Daisy Harrison Selected for Team Bath Futures
Summer 2019 - Double success for our talented 14 year old Titans member - Daisy Harrison for being selected for the Team Bath Netball Futures programme from September 2019. After several trials, Daisy showed her fantastic skills to not only take a place in this programme, but also to be selected for the Team Bath U15 Long Squad. This will involve several training sessions and tournaments over the next few months.
Lily Lark in County Academy
July 2019 - Lily Lark has successfully trialled to be part of the Devon County U15 Academy. Her dedication and commitment to the sport, has secured her a place to train in Exeter, on a weekly basis from September 2019. Over the last 12 months Lily has progressed immensely on the court, and was part of the Titans success team that took part in the U14 South West Regional League for 2018/19 in Division One.
10 Year Old Eliza Cutler in County Academy
July 2019 - 10 year old Eliza Cutler impresses at the County Trials, to be selected as part of the Devon County U13 Academy. Eliza will travel to Exeter on a weekly basis from September 2019, to learn invaluable skills, and show case her netballing ability. She has shone in the North Devon U11 Junior League with her great defending skills and tenacity to win the ball.
Titans Celebration Day is a Winner
July 2019 - Titans celebrated in style at the Senior Awards. Choosing The Bell Inn at Chittlehampton as their venue, certainly was a hit, as over 60 members attended, and had a fun afternoon, with games galore, and watching England v Scotland in the Netball World Cup. We held a fun netballing quiz, in which saw Sharon Curtis take the prize of the newly Geva Mentor autobiography 'Leap' book. WINNERS of Titans Awards 2018/19 -Players Player of the Year:Lightning - Emily RisdonThunder - Kiara ClarkeStorm - Daisy HarrisonJupiter - Anna Johnstone / Amy KingdonVoyager - Emma RIchardsonEclipse - Leanna FayRockets - Elise WhormsleyOverall Players Player of the Year - Daisy HarrisonMost Improved Player of the Year:Lightning - Grace WiltonThunder - Rowan FitzsimmonsStorm - Izzy ManleyJupiter - Kim DaveyVoyager - Doe FitzsimmonsEclipse - Caitlin MitchellRockets - Niamh HughesJunior Player of the Year - Poppy SampsonSenior Player of the Year - Paula YoungFair Player of the Year - Rhiannon FurlongSW Regional Player of the Year:Lightning - Beth NancekivellThunder - Lucy BurnettRockets - Daisy HarrisonUmpire of the Year - Nadine SampsonJo Elliott Time To Inspire Award - Ella Fraser SmithClub Person of the Year - Lorraine Beel & Michelle Sampson
U13's rise to the challenge in Bristol
July 2019 - Titans took two teams to a Charity U13 netball tournament in Bristol. A great experience had by all, as they had the opportunity to play teams from across the South West. All the girls done themselves proud, considering they had 2 hours of solid playing, in hot conditions.Team Stars finished in 5th place, but only lost to the eventual winners of Pumas, by the single goal in the last dying seconds. Team Meteors finished in a respectable 7th place.Well done to Nell Cutler of whom won player of the tournament, in which was selected by Severn Stars NPL players, of whom were observing throughout the day.Team Stars v Raychem LOST 10-13v Titans Meteors WON 10-7v Hucclecote Eagles WON 11-8v Hucclecote U13's LOST 10-12v Pumas LOST 6-7v Old Chelts LOST 5-14Player of the tournament - Eliza CutlerTeam Meteorsv Hucclecote U13's LOST 7-13v Pumas LOST 6-15v Titans Stars LOST 7-10v Old Chelts LOST 3-12v Hucclecote Eagles LOST 12-17v Raychem LOST 5-13Player of the tournament - Izzy LawrenceTeam Line Up: Team Stars - Eliza Cutler, Nell Cutler, Gracie Butler Jones, Chelsea Rooke, Freya Broom, Lola Fitzsimmons, Poppy Heard, Rhianna Beel & Talitha Tanton.Team Meteors - Rosie Bolt, Florence Towner, Annalise Roome, Georgia Woodman, Daisy Brend, Izzy Lawrence, Freya Kenny, Holly Jones, Caitlin Avery & Trudie Goddin
SW Regional U19 Tournament CHAMPIONS
June 2019 - Titans had great success at the South West U19 Regional Tournament, with our talented U19's coming away CHAMPIONS, being undefeated all day. Titans ended up taking two teams to this tournament, when at late notice another South West club pulled out. By invitation, a Masters Mix Up team also performed extremely well to come a respectable joint 3rd. Titans U19'sv Bournemouth WON 23-4v TTNC Titans WON 23-5v TTNC Warriors WON 17-10v Titans Masters Mix Up WON 17-14v Yeovil WON 19-7v Taunton WON 16-13Player of the Tournament - Kitty SampsonTitans Masters Mix Upv Yeovil WON 14-8v Taunton LOST 16-20v Titans U19's LOST 14-17v Bournemouth WON 15-7v TTNC Titans WON 19-7v TTNC Warriors LOST 16-20Player of the Tournament - Katrina VennerA special mention to Daisy Harrison of whom scored 71 out of 94 attempts at goal = 76% , especially has she wasn't feeling well.Team Line Up: (U19's) - Kiara Clarke, Daisy Totterdell, Poppy Sampson, Millie Wilton, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Kitty Sampson, Izzy Manley, Grace Wilton & Daisy Harrison(Masters Mix Up) - Claire Turner, Katrina Venner, Michelle Sampson, Lucy Burnett, Doe Fitzsimmons, Clare Wilmott, Lauren Offield, Lorraine Cleverdon-Brend & Charlotte Babb
End of Season Awards for U14/U12's
June 2019 - Another evening of glorious sunshine saw the U14/U12's in action in their mini tournament and awards ceremony.Players Player of the YearU14's Rockets - Daisy Harrison & Kitty SampsonOrbits - Riah AnnsGalaxy - Amelia RogersU12'sMeteors - Annalise RoomeMost Improved Player of the YearU14'sRockets - Eleanor RoomeOrbits - Rebecca NormanGalaxy - Daisy BrendU12'sMeteors - Trudie GoddinDefender of the YearU14's - Lucie DaveyU12's - Chelsea Rooke Shooter of the YearU14's - Celia LethabyU12's - Lola FitzsimmonsBest Movement - Megan BurnellEndeavour AwardU14's - Ellie HeardU12's - Poppy Heard Sportsmanship AwardU14's - Georgia WoodmanU12's - Freya KennyCoaches Player AwardU14's - Elena CareyU12's - Rosie BoltWell done to all the winners
End of Season Awards for U11's
June 2019 - Our U11's enjoyed a glorious evening in sunshine, to have the End Of Season Awards/Mini tournament. The following players won awards for 2018/19 season:Players Player Award -Stars - Eliza CutlerPlanets - Miley RolfePlutos - Bethan WhormsleyMost Improved Award - Stars - Caitlin AveryPlanets - Emma DurrantPlutos - Kayleigh NelMost Improved Player at training - Megan PatelCoaches Player - Isabelle Roome, Connie Shaddick, Helena Whormsley & Poppy RoachShooter of the Year -Holly JonesDefender of the Year -Rhianna BeelNeat Feet Award - Freyja MalinEndeavour Award - Sophie Rogers & Stevie LongSportsmanship Award - Etta Vipond & Lily EtheridgeWell done to all the winners
Junior Netball Camps for Summer Holidays
Titans NC will be holding 2 days of Junior Netball Camps on Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th August 2019 (in the Summer Holidays). These exciting days will see plenty of fun, skills and netball challenges, with match play to finish off. Based at Park School in the sports hall, these camps are for our Junior Members, ranging from 9 to 14 years old. Depending on the numbers, we will split the age and ability to suit all members. Priced at £30 for the day, or a special price of £50 for both days. There is a sibling discount too. 2 days of great netball, not to be missed by our junior members. A special 1 hour coaching session will be led by our young talented Team Bath U17 member, Poppy Sampson on both days.
Back to Netball is a HIT
1st May 2019 - Our new BACK TO NETBALL sessions at Titans NC have certainly raised a great profile, with 25 ladies attending on the 2nd week of the sessions. Great enthusiasm and willingness to learn the skills, being shown by all.
Finalists at SW Goalden Globes
April 2019 - Titans NC were shortlisted again for the South West Goalden Globes. This being their sixth time of being shortlisted, and already having won the title of Outstanding Club of the Year Award a record three times, it wasn't to be for this year. Still very proud of our achievements, and take pride in supporting our volunteers and giving the best opportunities for all our members, we will always be winners in our eyes.
U12's Perform Superbly at Regionals
28th April 2019 - Titans took two teams to the South West Regional U12 Tournament in Paignton, in which proved to a valuable learning experience for our talented U12 members. Team Meteors had a hugely successful day, finishing joint 3rd out of 15 teams from the whole of the South West Region. They started their campaign brightly, and secured a fine win to set them off v Penzance 10-3. Player of the day Lola Fitzsimmons was on firing form in the shooting circle, to take all 10 goals from only 12 attempts. They then took on Exeter, in which saw a narrow defeat of 1 goal, 4-5. Next they faced Taunton side Galmington. Chelsea Rooke was intercepting a lot of ball to take another win 9-3. They then faced Jersey side Team Jets. This proved to be a tough challenge, as these were strong contenders for the crown, but everyone played their hearts out, and Freya Kenny rose to the challenge as wing attack to provide a safe unit out from the centre pass. They saw another defeat, 4-12. Meteors then faced TTNC, and again came out guns blazing, to secure a great team result of winning 9-4. Their last encounter match for the group would decide if they progressed anymore in the competition, and it was all to play for by both sides. They faced Team Bath, and everyone kept their calm on court, as Titans coaches and spectators were feeling the nerves, as at half time the score line was level. The team rose to the occasion, and superb interceptions, good court linkage and fine shooting from Lola, secured the win 10-5, to see them a semi final spot. What a fantastic achievement from them all. For the semi final, they faced TTNC no 1 team, and this started off with the first goal being taken by Team Meteors. Where we lacked in height, we certainly tried to make up in spirit on the court. TTNC proved too strong for us, and they took the win 2-11. On to Team Stars, in which 8 out of the 9 players were playing a year early. This certainly didn't phase them, and they pulled off some fine results, and will gain valuable learning for next year.The first game was certainly a challenge, and they actually faced the eventual winners of TTNC No1 team. It was a shock to the system, but they didn't give up, and took a heavy defeat 1-23. They dusted themselves off, to face Honiton in the 2nd game. Unfortunately our shots didn't sink into the net for the shooting duo, and what could have been ours for the taking, we ended up with another defeat 2-6. Next we came up against the strong unit of Hucclecote. The height of the opposition proved a challenge for Team Stars, and a defeat 2-11. Then came the first sight of getting near to a win. We faced Keniton, and with a positional change from shooter to keeper for Freyja Malin, she gained vital interceptions to keep Team Stars with their opponents. Rhianna Beel was accurate to goal, and with only a few minutes left on the clock and 3 goals down, Team Stars rallied together to claw themselves back into the game, and achieve their first draw 7-7. They were improving with each game, and next saw them face Sidmouth. Everyone linked well up the court and played their part to take their first win 8-2. Their next game was against Dart, and Freya Broom and Rhianna Beel were linking well in the goal circle to secure 9 out of 12 attempts. Eliza Cutler was dominated in defence, for another fine win 9-4. Their final fixture of the day, saw them against Cornish side Penryn. With confidence high after their couple of wins, we wanted them to see the day out positively. They kept their nerve to the end, to secure another draw 6-6. Team Stars ended up 4th in their group of 8.Players Player of the tournament Winners - Team Stars - Rhianna Beel (for shooting stats of 18 scored out of 23 attempts = 78%) ; Team Meteors - Lola Fitzsimmons (for her movement, speed and determination to win the ball, and some fine shooting too)Coaches Player of the tournament Winners - Team Stars - Eliza Cutler (determination to win the ball); Team Meteors - Chelsea Rooke (for great interception skills and especially in defence).
'Back to Netball' Sessions start
Wednesday 24th April 2019 - Titans NC started 'Back to Netball' sessions at Park School, Barnstaple. A great turn out for the first session, saw 16 ladies participate. Led by Coach Michelle Sampson, with her able assistants of Chris Farr, Lorraine Beel & Poppy Sampson, the ladies got to enjoy playing netball again. The feedback was very positive, with one lady commenting that they thought it was brilliant, great atmosphere, fun, informative & inclusive. Titans will be holding these sessions on a weekly basis, on Wednesday evenings at Park School (in the sports hall), from 5.30pm to 7pm. Everyone is welcome, just turn up & play. £4 per session.
147 Breakfasts served up
On Saturday 20th April 2019, Titans held a 'Big Breakfast' event to raise monies for the North Devon Hospice and also for club funds, at High Bickington Community Centre. A fantastic morning of fund raising, saw Titans serve up 147 breakfasts, and the event was well supported from locals and club members. Leading the team was Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, along side her chef husband Henri Brend in the kitchen. A big thank you to all the hard working volunteers and for everyone supporting this worthy cause, that is so close to her hearts, in memory of our beloved Coach - Jo Elliott. We raised £905, in which will be split between Titans NC & The North Devon Hospice. Thank you to everyone that supported this event.
New Balls funded by Fullabrook CIC
April 2019 - Fullabrook CIC have kindly funded Titans with new match balls and ball bags for their members. Fullabrook CIC provide funding for local community projects in North Devon, and were delighted to support our Club. Pictured here with our talented Team Meteors (U12's) and Team Stars (U11's) members.
New Dry Robes for Titans
Titans can now keep their Coaches & Junior Members warm with these new Dry Robes for the Club. Kindly sponsored by Slee Blackwell Solicitors. Pictured above are four of our U11members modelling the new coats.
Ella Fraser Smith WINS Volunteer Award
March 2019 - Ella Fraser Smith wins Volunteer Award at the North Devon Junior League presentations. Ella has been instrumental this season to offering her services at Titans Junior Training Sessions on a weekly basis. Her confidence has shown on the court, and fully recipient of this award. She regularly assists our senior coaching staff and also umpires their games.
Nell takes Players Player Award
March 2019 - Nell Cutler won the Players Player Award in the U14 section of the North Devon Junior League Presentations for 2018/19 season. A massive achievement, considering Nell is 'playing up' an age group. (Runner Up went to Titans Daisy Brend)
Eliza takes Players Player Award
March 2019 - Eliza Cutler won the Players Player Award in the U11 Section at the North Devon Junior League Presentations for 2018/19 season.
Outstanding Contribution Award
March 2019. Daisy Harrison wins the Outstanding Contribution to Senior League Netball at the Junior Awards. Daisy has been instrumental in playing a year early in the North Devon Senior League for 2nd Division Titans Team Storm. Being so versatile in playing positions, she has excelled in both the Goal Defence & Goal Attack roles, to see Team Storm take the Winners spot in for the Winter Season 2018/19. Daisy commitment, attitude and enthusiasm has been evident, with her reliability to attend training, not only for Titans, but also at Devon County Academy once a week. She's also played a huge part within her U14 team in the SW Regional U14 League, and made the step up to senior level with Team Thunder in the Senior SW Regional League this season. Well Done Daisy.
Cake Stall brings in the £££
March 2019. Titans held a cake stall at the End Of Season Junior Tournament and a massive £117.84 was raised. A big thank you to Harriet Lawrence for taking charge of the stall, and thank you to all that baked cakes and purchased some goodies
End of Season Junior Tournament SUCCESS
24.3.19 A mass of Titans junior members covered the courts at Park School, for the End of Season Tournament / Presentations, with Titans taking 9 out of the 24 teams participating. The weather was glorious and spirits were high, with plenty of medals to go around.Tournament Results:U11's - Div 1 - Runners Up Titans PlanetsU11's - Div 1 - 4th Place Titans AsteroidsU11's - Div 2 - WINNERS Titans PlutosU12's - WINNERS Titans MeteorsU12's - Runners Up Titans Stars (our U11 team 'playing up' an age level)U14's - Div 1 - WINNERS Titans RocketsU14's - Div 1 - 4th Place Titans OrbitsU14's - Div 2 - Runners Up Titans GalaxyU14's - Div 3 - WINNERS Titans VenusLeague Results - 2018/19 Season:U11's - WINNERS Titans StarsU11's - 3rd Place Titans PlanetsU11's - 8th Place Titans PlutosU14's - Div 1 - Runners Up Titans Rockets (due to missing several fixtures due to SW Reg commitments)U14's - Div 1 - 3rd Place Titans OrbitsU14's - Div 2 - WINNERS Titans GalaxyU14's - Div 2 - 4th Place Titans Meteors (U12 team playing up an age group)INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:PLAYERS PLAYERU11's - WINNER - Eliza CutlerU14's - Div 2 - WINNER - Nell CutlerU14's - Div 2 - Runners up - Daisy BrendMOST IMPROVED PLAYERU11's - Stars - Annabelle LarkU11's - Planets - Emma DurrantU11's - Plutos - Bethan WhormsleyU12's - Meteors - Lola FitzsimmonsU14's - Rockets - Lucie DaveyU14's - Orbits - Riah AnnsU14's - Galaxy - Talitha TantonOutstanding Contribution to Senior League - WINNER - Daisy HarrisonVolunteer of the Year - WINNER - Ella Fraser Smith
Match Report - Team Thunder 17.3.19
Team Thunder faced top of the table Cornwall Saints for their last game of the season, and were determined to get a point, and improve on their previous score line earlier in the season. Starting 7 were Louise Lathwell GS, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend GA, Kitty Sampson WA, Lucy Burnett C, Claire Turner WD, Ruth Chamings GD & Daisy Harrison GK. Titans started well and were causing Saints problems from the off set. Ruth & Daisy were getting many tips and interceptions , and the first quarter finished 16-7 to Saints. In the 2nd quarter, Lucy went to WD and Kitty to C and Lauren Offield took to the court as WA. Lucy immediately applied pressure and was able to turn over 3 phases of play, and Kitty controlled the game well at centre. Lauren was working hard at WA, and at half time the score line was 29-20 to Saints. (We drew this quarter!). The 3rd quarter saw Claire come back on as WA and Ruth & Daisy switched roles. These changes didn't work and Claire called a tactical injury to enable Lauren back on , and Ruth & Daisy reverted to their original positions. With a few minutes left of this quarter, Lauren then made way for Nicole Lathwell to return to the court, from being absent for several weeks, recovering from an ankle injury. End of the third quarter, the score line was 46-26 in Saints favour. The last quarter and no changes were made, and Thunder were playing well. With a few minutes to go, Daisy switched into the GA role, due to Lorraine rolling her ankle, and this made an immediate impact on the game, with Daisy netting 2 out of 2 attempts at goal. The game finished 63-34 to Saints, but a big improvement on the previous encounter, and Titans got their point. Player of the match accolade went to Lucy Burnett.
Match Report - Team Lightning 17.3.19
Team Lightning pulled out a fine victory over local rivals Carol Anne Diamonds in the SW Regional League. Knowing that it was going to be a close encounter, after only winning by the single goal before Christmas, Lightning came into the fixture all prepared, with positive mental attitude instilled within the team, they played with 14 hands and 7 hearts on the court, to win 43-39. The support from the crowd was definitely a positive factor, with many supporters for both teams. Both started well, and that set the tone for the rest of the game. Nothing could separate the teams, and both came in from the first quarter, with 10 goals a piece. No changes were made to Lightning for the 2nd period. Poppy Sampson and Amber Manley were working tirelessly in the defence circle, with Poppy making many a tip and rebounds to give Lightning every opportunity. Safe and accurate passes throughout the court continued, with Beth Nancekivell, Clare Wilmott and Rebecca Manley linking up well with Lightning shooting duo of Grace Wilton & Emily Risdon. At half time, only one goal could separate Lightning, being 21-20 up. A tactical change for Lightning for the 3rd quarter, so Beth Nancekivell move into the centre bib role, Rebecca Manley back into WD, and Clare Wilmott moving to WA. This had a positive impact on Lightning, with 5 out of 7 Titans players gaining interceptions for this quarter, and securing a shot for goal for player of the match Grace Wilton. Only 2 unforced errors, enabled Lightning to take a three goal advantage coming in from the 3rd quarter. Diamonds were certainly not going to give it to us easy, and they came out of the blocks for the 4th quarter to take 4 goals without reply from Lightning. Titans could have crumbled at this point, but they stayed composed and carried on with their game plan. Unforced errors were kept to a minimum, and the accurate shots from Grace and Emily saw us take a lead of 5 goals, when there were only 4 minutes of play left. Lightning saw the opportunity to enable ball possession to allow the clock to tick down. Coaches and supporters were raising their voices from the sidelines, and the momentum of the game had swung into Lightning's favour. With belief and confidence, Lightning were able to take the win by 4 goals, 43-39. Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Poppy Sampson, Beth Nancekivell, Clare Wilmott, Rebecca Manley, Grace Wilton, Emily Risdon, Michelle Sampson & Jo Nancekivell. Player of the match went to Grace Wilton by the opposition, as well as Titans. Her calm manner on court, and fantastic movement, with shooting stats of 74% was richly deserved.
Back To Netball starting at Titans
Titans NC are holding Back To Netball Sessions to start on Wednesday 24th April 2019. This is an ideal opportunity for those that wish to play netball in a more relaxed environment, whilst learning new skills and practices. These sessions will be coached led and include a friendly game at the end. Titans NC are offering the first session free of charge, and welcome anyone to just turn up and play. We will trial these sessions up to the Summer Holidays to gage the interest. The price will be £4 per session, and will be in the sports hall at Park School, Barnstaple, from 5.30pm to 7pm. Come and enjoy this fantastic sport and make new friends, whilst getting fit and having fun.
Titans BIG BREAKFAST
Come & support Titans Netball Club, at our BIG BREAKFAST on Saturday 20th April. To be held at High Bickington Community Centre, from 8am to 11.30am. Looking for volunteers, donations of breakfast items and draw prizes.
Team Thunder - Match Report 3.3.19
Team Thunder started strongly against Taunton side Vivary. Having lost to them before Xmas by 29 goals, we knew we were in for a tough ride. The shooting duo of Lorraine Cleverdon Brend & Louise Lathwell started brightly with 12 out of 14 attempts for the first quarter. It was a challenge for the centre court players of Lucy Burnett & Lorraine Beel to get the ball past Vivary's WD, as she was hunting down every ball, and coming away with lots of possession. Thunder kept their composure to take a marginal lead at the end of the first quarter 12-10. Rowan Fitzsimmons & Lorraine Beel made way for Claire Turner and Daisy Totterdell to take to the court for the 2nd quarter. Player of the match (and so richly deserved) Daisy, started the game as she meant to go on, with 4 interceptions and 4 tips for the 2nd quarter, and kept Thunder in the game. She worked tirelessly with Ruth Chamings (GD). Paula Young was out on the wing, and applying plenty of pressure. Our shooters were forced to shoot long, and not getting the consistency on target to only take 8 out of 15 attempts. Several unforced errors from the mid court, allowed Vivary to creep into the lead at half time 20-21. More changes to the Thunder line up for the 3rd quarter. Ruth went in to the centre bib, to allow more height, and link up with Lucy Burnett at WA. Our unforced errors were kept to a minimum and Rowan proceeded into providing 3 vital interceptions for this quarter. VIvary's defence kept our shooters out to the edges of the circle, and due to the pressure of the mid court players, our shooters were forced to shoot long, with only 6 out of 14 attempts sinked. Coming in from the 3rd quarter, we were now 4 goals down, 26-30. The last 15 minutes of play, were certainly upped a level, in regards to physicalness. To try and change the dynamics of the game, Ruth took the role of GA, and Cleverdon Brend reverted into the shooter role. Lorraine Beel came back onto the court at WA and Lucy reverted back to centre. To begin with, Thunder managed to patiently claw their way back into the game. Steady passing, made Thunder provide safe and secure passing, and we started to regain the score. This certainly rattled Vivary's players and the voices of their team bench. With only 5 minutes of play left, Thunder had managed to get within 2 goals. Pressure was applied by their defensive players to get our final ball into the circle. With lots of contact and obstruction called, we were certainly having to work our socks off. It certainly made it hard for our shooters to feed the ball around the circle to get the perfect shooting opportunity, in which left us not getting the scoreline we needed, and bowing out at the final whistle, losing 34-39.Team Line Up: Paula Young, Ruth Chamings, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Lorraine Beel, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Louise Lathwell, Claire Turner & Daisy Totterdell. Player of the Match from the opposition went to Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, and Daisy Totterdell won the vote out right from Titans members.
Team Lightning - Match report 3.3.19
Titans Lightning did not have the best start to today's match, having being delayed in traffic for over 2 hours beforehand. Thankfully, Hucclecote were happy to change the match start time and play began at 12.45pm. With 8 players, Lightning were limited to their choice for combinations, however the first quarter started well. Passing was quick from both teams but it soon became apparent that Hucclecote's shooter's accuracy was excellent, with one player only 14 years old, Amber Manley (GK) and Poppy Sampson (GD) had their work cut out. Perhaps due to lethargy, Titan's players were slow and errors were made and Hucclecote began to increase their lead, finishing ahead by 8 goals (11-19). Michelle Sampson (Captain/WD) made no changes to the combination for the 2nd quarter and Clare Wilmott (C) and Rebecca Manley (WA) worked hard in attack and Hucclecote's defence were tight. The quarter was the most frustrating for the team as forced errors were made and Hucclecote maximised on these errors, increasing the lead significantly by 21 goals (18-39). With nothing to lose, the team opted for changes in the centre court and in defence for the 3rd quarter set up. Amber Manley (Player of the Match), played well and forced the GS to change her play in order to receive passes. Unfortunately, once Hucclecote's shooters had the ball, goals were quickly scored. Emily Risdon (GS) and Grace Wilton (GA) had to work incredibly hard to get free for the ball, but shots were accurate, when given the chance. End of the 3rd Qtr, saw Hucclecote ahead by 27 goals (27-54). Titans aim now was to remain within half of Hucclecote's score to obtain a point. Rhiannon Furlong made her debut in the final quarter as WD and adapted well to the speed of the game, but Lightning were unfortunately chasing their tails and could not narrow the gap. Although a clean and well contested game, a disappointing end score of 34-75 to Hucclecote.
TWO New Level One Coaches
24th Feb 2019 - Many congratulations to Janet Woodman & Charlotte Babb of whom have passed their Level One Coaching Award with flying colours. Both have been supporting Titans Netball Club for many a year, and now regularly help coach our Junior Section. Well Done Ladies
Match Report - Team Lightning 10.02.2019
Team Lightning took to the court this afternoon on home ground at Chulmleigh to play Exeter. With Exeter sitting comfortably on the top of the league table, and Titans Lightning with only 7 in their squad, the team knew it was going to be a tough match. However, Lightning did not disappoint in the first quarter and gave the spectators a thriller of a quarter. Almost goal for goal and a few error made, meant that the teams' spirit was high. With Exeter only extending their lead towards the end of the first quarter 16-10. Titans attack worked tirelessly in the 2nd quarter and didn't make it easy for Exeter's defence, playing the ball around to ensure safe feeds to Beth Nancekivell (GA), and Grace Wilton (GS) were given. However, Exeter with a large squad were able to rotate players making increasingly difficult for Lightning to suss out the play. Coming in at half time Exeter 38 - Titans 20. The team recapped on their training from Thursday which focussed on positive thinking and determination, and thrived in this quarter. All seven players worked with the attitude and belief and although the lost the quarter, it was only lost by a single goal. Amber Manley (GK) and Jo Nancekivell (GD) did not allow balls into the circle easily and centre court players Clare Wilmott (C), Becka Manley (WA) and Michelle Sampson (WD) drove the ball safely down court. Fitness was evident as balls were quickly picked up following errors and the speed of Exeter was visibly slowed down. A thriller of a quarter again for spectators. Coming in from the 3rd quarter Exeter 50, Titans 31. The final quarter was equally as fast and furious as the previous three quarters. Unfortunately, more errors were made by Titans which allowed Exeter to increase their lead a little more than Lightning would have liked, however players did not give up the fight. Perhaps due to tiredness, more obstructions were called against Titans and Exeter made sure they maximised on these opportunities, bringing their victory to 69 goals to 38. All players agreed that the game's score, unfortunately, did not reflect the game but that it was a clean, enjoyable game all in all. Player of the match went to Beth Nancekivell from both the opposition and Titans.
Match Report - Team Thunder 03.02.2019
Team Thunder hosted Taunton side Hovelands at Chulmleigh, in which started strongly for Thunder. Defending duo of Paula Young & Ruth Chamings worked tirelessly in defence to ensure a shooting opportunity for Lorraine Cleverdon Brend & Louise Lathwell. Plenty of opportunities where there for the taking, but our long range shots were not sinking the net, due to the height of their Goal Keeper applying pressure to our shooters. We came off the first quarter with a small margin of a lead 10-7. Making her debut for Team Thunder, 13 year Kitty Sampson showed how she was ready to take the leap from Junior to Senior level, and she certainly didn't disappoint with great feeds down the court and into the shooting circle. She kept composed and gave confidence to all her team, earning the accolade of Player of the match from both Titans and the opposition. We continued to stay in the game, and Rowan Fiztsimmons & Lorraine Beel linked up in the centre court to feed the ball well. At half time the score line was 19-17 to Titans. Claire Turner took to the court for the third quarter as WA, and Hovelands made changes to their line up, in which disrupted Thunder's play. Their speed of their WD intercepted many a passes, and they started to claw their way back into the game. At the end of the third quarter, we were now down by 2 goals, 28-26. The last quarter was going to be a master test of strength and endurance. Lorraine Beel came back onto court at WA, and Claire Turner moved to WD. Paula & Ruth continued to apply plenty of pressure and gain us possession, but we couldn't get the flow up the court to enable us to see the shooters. With only 9 attempts on goal for the last quarter, and only 5 of them sinked, it wasn't enough to get us back into the game. Hovelands sensed the turn of the game, and found another gear to take the win 39-31.Team Line Up: Paula Young, Ruth Chamings, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Kitty Sampson, Lorraine Beel, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Louise Lathwell & Claire Turner.
Match Report - Team Thunder 20.01.2019
Team Thunder travelled to Street in Somerset, to take on the physical side of Tor Knights. Having previously lost to them before Christmas (at home) by 9 goals, we knew we were in for a rough ride from the off set. Tor Knights started their challenge hard, and their defence duo certainly applied plenty of pressure in our shooting circle. This certainly affected our shooting pair of Lorraine Cleverdon Brend and Daisy Harrison, as they were constantly being obstructed or tapping the ball before the shot. Long range shots were having to be put up to goal, and we only managed to convert 7 out of 17 attempts in this first quarter. We came off trailing 11-7. We kept the same line up for the 2nd quarter. Paula Young and Daisy Totterdell continued to work well as a unit, to shut down the tidy play of Tor Knights shooters. Rowan Fitzsimmons, Nicole Lathwell & Lorraine Beel patiently guided a safe ball down to our shooters, but we still found it a challenge to sink the goals, with only 8 out of 17 attempts. At half time we were now 21-15 down. Daisy Harrison made way for Louise Lathwell to take to the court for the third quarter. With 6 goals down, we were keeping goal for goal for the third period, but just couldn't claw the goals back. 5 minutes in to the quarter, Lorraine Beel made way for Daisy Harrison to return to the court at WA. At this point we were trailing by 7 goals, but with renewed confidence, Team Thunder played safe netball down the court, and Captain Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, suddenly started to find her shooting form, and was sinking long range shots. The momentum of the game was switching in Thunder's favour, and we started our fight back campaign. We didn't want the quarter to end, as the score line now was 27 goals a piece. We had certainly rattled the play of Tor Knights. Coming on for the last quarter, we had great believe that this game was for our taking. We started well, and managed to gain a lead for the first time in the game. Everyone played their part to ensue we worked as a solid unit, and Lorraine now was shooting with ease, with 8 out of 9 attempts. The pressure was mounting for all the defensive players, and lots of obstruction/contact calls were penalised. Everyone was certainly getting frustrated with no caution calls, and wondering how long could players continue to infringe. With 5 minutes on the clock we managed to be up by 5 goals. Surely now, this was our game, but, in a blink of an eye, two unforced errors were made feeding the ball into our shooting circle, and with that Tor knights were able to close the gap and get level. Rowan was working with determination, in which richly gave her the Player of the Match from both the opposition and Thunder, and produced 3 vital interceptions, just at the right time. With 1 and half minutes on the clock, we tried to play a possession game, in which saw the umpire penalise us for 3 seconds call in the centre third. This fired up Rowan for a superb interception, in which brought the ball down into our circle, and with a missed shot from Lathwell, Lorraine had the mounting pressure to sink the winning goal from under the post. Surely now the game was ours, with only 10 seconds left on the clock, and Tor Knights centre pass. They certainly would need to get the ball quick to their circle, as as the ball hit the edge of the circle, the time keeper strolled down the side line to try and advise the umpire. All of Titans players were screaming 'time', but the controlling umpire was unaware that it was the end of the game. The shooter managed to put up a shot from under the post, and with the mounting pressure, the ball went wayward, and came back out to the other shooter. By this point, the noise was deafening, and the final important whistle did finish the game. A jubilant win by the Thunder Team, proving that they can come back from 7 goals trailing, and capitalised on a great victory, winning by a single goal 39-38.Team Line up: Paula Young, Daisy Totterdell, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Nicole Lathwell, Lorraine Beel, Daisy Harrison, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend & Louise Lathwell.
Match Report Team Lightning - 13.01.2019
Team Lightning travelled to Redmaids School in Bristol to take on Almondsbury. The opposition had a huge support watching the game, but this did not phase Lightning. It was quickly noted that Almondbury's shooters were accurate and the defence of Beth Nancekivell (GD) and Amber Manley (GK) needed to put the pressure on. However, minor errors from Lightning players meant that Almondsbury took the initial lead, converting goals from stealing possession. Fighting back for their position, Lightning soon narrowed the score line and the quarter ended with 13 goals to each team. Play was fast and fierce going in to the second quarter and Rebecca Manley (WA) was having to work hard to find space. Both sides were keen for the win and the attacked worked tirelessly to feed the ball into the shooters, having to use the defence to reset on a number of occasions. The second quarter ended with Almondsbury slightly ahead by a score line of 23-22. All was to play going into the second half of the match. Emily Risdon (GS) and player of the match, and Grace Wilton (GA) worked the ball around to get into a safe position for shooting, and Lightning were composed throughout. Although rattled, Almondsbury fought hard and again, minor errors made by Lightning players meant that they could capitalise on these and they increased their lead to two goals, which they kept for the quarter. Jo Nancekivell (WD) worked exceptionally hard and forced errors and Poppy Sampson (GD) was quick to pick up dropped balls, but Titans could not close the gap. Third quarter ended Almondsbury 35 - Lightning 33. The win was very much wanted by both teams going into the final quarter of the match and few errors were made. Clare Wilmott (C) and Rebecca (WA) added in extra passes to keep the ball safe, and although passing was accurate and play was disciplined, the umpires spotted the minor errors made and Almondsbury were able to slightly increase their lead further. The match was tense and goal for goal until the final whistle, where Almondsbury took the win 48 over Lightning's 44. Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Beth Nancekivell, Jo Nancekivell, Clare Wilmott, Rebecca Manley, Grace Wilton, Emily Risdon & Poppy Sampson.
Match Report - Team Thunder 06.01.2019
Team Thunder travelled away to play Cornwall Storm in Truro. Without several key players, we had to rope in Paula Young, 14 year old Daisy Harrison, Claire Turner & Abbie Plucknett. Titans were a bit slow out of the blocks and some unforced errors enabled Storm to build a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The 2nd quarter Claire made way for Abbie a WA. Daisy played superbly, considering this was her first taste of Senior Regional League level, and she was nailing her shots. Unfortunately we still couldn't disturb Storms play, and at half time the score was 31-21. The 3rd quarter, Rowan Fitzsimmons came off and Abbie went to WD, and Claire to centre and Nicole Lathwell to WA. The defensive duo of Paula and Ruth Chamings also switched. Ruth & Paula worked tirelessly together to apply pressure. Unfortunately Daisy got an injury in this quarter, and had to come off. Several changes were made and Lorraine Cleverdon Brend went to GA and Claire to GS. At the end of the 3rd quarter the score was 41-30. In the last quarter Nicole went to GA and Lorraine back to GS, Abbie to WA and Claire to centre. Storm were able to extend their lead in this final quarter and the game finished 58-39. Player of the match from the opposition went to Paula Young and from the Titans, player went to Daisy Harrison. Team Line Up: Paula Young, Ruth Chamings, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Nicole Lathwell, Claire Turner, Daisy Harrison, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend and Abbie Plucknett.
Match Report - Team Lightning 06.01.2019
Team Lightning travelled with a squad of 8 players to the central venue of Bath University to play Taunton side Galmington for their first Regional fixture of the New Year. The players took to the court fired and ready, and play was steady to start. Unfortunately, too many errors were made on the court by Lightning, and Galmington maximised on these errors quickly to take the lead. The opposition's Goal Shooter was accurate time after time, and despite their best efforts, our defence were unable to slow down the score. Galmington took the initial lead. With the focus on the 2nd quarter on increasing the pressure in players and focussing on defence up the court, we started stronger initially, but again careless passing and too many obstruction calls, gave Galmington the advantage. It seemed Lightning were set to be chasing their tail in the 2nd half. A few team changes from both sides allowed players to try out different positions and further increase the pressure in defence, meaning Lightning were finally dominating the play. Slowly, the players managed to improve passing and begin to narrow the difference in score. Heading into the final quarter, Lightning were determined to pull the scoreline back, and finally we got the best from our players. Slick passing and firm communication was excited on court. Goal after goal was being scored, and the opposition's young defence were rattled. Unfortunately, Lightning were unable to claw back the goals Galmington took in the first quarter, and the final score was Galmington 52 - Titans Lightning 41. Team Line Up; Michelle Sampson, Clare Wilmott, Emily Risdon, Jo Nancekivell, Beth Nancekivell, Amber Manley, Emily Risdon & Grace Wilton.
Poppy Sampson Selected for Team Bath U17's
19th December 2018. Exciting times ahead for 16 year old Poppy Sampson, as she has been named in the Team Bath U17 squad for 2019. Titans NC are very proud of Poppy's dedication to netball, and her determination to succeed is evident. She has been fully committed to improving her skills, and this has seen her take a spot on the short squad for Team Bath. A fantastic opportunity awaits in 2019, as she will get to play against the likes of Mavericks, Wales, Manchester Thunder, Severn Stars, etc. Well Done Poppy.
Match Report - Team Lightning 09.12.2018
It was like a rendition of the Commonwealth Cup Final for Team Lightning, when they took on local rivals Carol Anne Diamonds in last fixture before the Christmas break. A neck and neck, adrenaline filled derby, in which spectators watching were treated to an intense and thrilling game. The team: Emily Risdon (GS), Grace Wilton (GA), Clare Wilmott (WA/C), Becka Manley (C/WA), Michelle Sampson (WD), Poppy Sampson (WD/GD/GK), Jo Nancekivell (WD), Beth Nancekivell (GD/C) & Amber Manley (GK) were psyched up from the start and urging to win. With plenty of combinations as options, the team took the initial lead in the first quarter, with fine long range shooting stats from Emily (8 out of 10) and Grace (7 out of 8). As they entered the 2nd quarter, Diamonds came back strong and errors and lost a number of goals, taking the lead to only 4 goals at half time (25-21). Captain Michelle Sampson saw the need to mix things up and tried a different combination for the 3rd quarter. Play progressed but was fast and furious, and to the wire throughout this quarter. The game was anyone's for the taking. End of the 3rd quarter, the score saw Lightning in the lead by a single goal, 33-32. The final quarter was goal to goal action, with the win still for anyone's taking. Diamonds defence made getting the ball into our shooters incredibly difficult. Centre court players worked tirelessly bringing the ball down and playing safe was the only option, something that has historically challenged Titans players. With a couple minutes to go, the scoreline was a draw and both teams capitalised in their centre passes. With the clock ticking, an interception was needed by either team to break the scoreline. Both teams were slick in their play, but an all important interception came through Beth Nancekivell, and we were able to get with a 2 goal clearance. With our centre pass, and only needing to keep possession, we unfortunately made an error on our way to goal, and in the blink of an eye, Diamonds had came back to level the scoreline again. Back on centre passes, Titans had 20 seconds left on the clock, with our centre pass. An obstruction call just inside our attacking third was called, and we could see the clock running down. The ball came to the edge of the circle, and advantage was played on an obstruction call on Becka Manley. Coach Lorraine Beel was screaming to the team to put up the shot, and out of no where, Grace Wilton managed to receive a pass under the goal post. It was like the rendition of the Commonwealth Gold Final match, all the pressure amounted on the young shoulders of Grace, as a split second before the hooter went, the umpire penalised the defence for obstruction, but Grace's shot sunk into the net after the final hooter went, but the goal was allowed for the obstruction decision. A jubilant moment had by all for the team and the mountain of Titans spectators. Certainly a thriller of a match for everyone to witness, as both teams played their socks off. Final result 48-47 to Titans. Player of the match went to Beth Nancekivell from the opposition, and Grace Wilton from Titans.
Match Report - Team Thunder 09.12.18
Titans Thunder faced top of the table Cornwall Saints and had to travel all the way to Penzance, as there usual venue in Truro was double booked. Thunder were missing several key players due to injury/illness, but Charlotte Broadhead, Claire Turner, Doe Fitzsimmons & Abbie Plucknett stepped up, and without these dedicated members, the game would have not gone ahead. Very proud to say that everyone never let their heads drop, and considering the majority have not played together as a team, they performed extremely well to stay in the game, bowing out 66-22. Player of the match plaudits went to captain Lorraine Cleverdon Brend from the opposition, and Doe Fitzsimmons & Lorraine Cleverdon Brend shared the honours from Titans. Quote of the match goes to Claire Turner .... "That would have been a great pass if it had more power!" (thrown by Claire herself!) Team Line Up: Daisy Totterdell, Ruth Chamings, Charlotte Broadhead, Abbie Plucknett, Doe Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend & Claire Turner.
Match Report - Team Thunder 02.12.18
11 Players took to the warm up for Team Thunder against Devon rivals of Lovell Titans. With our shooting star of Louise Lathwell out of action with a ankle injury, versatile Ruth Chamings took to the court in the shooting role of GA. Thunder had plenty of possession for the first quarter, but the pressure from Lovell defence, proved a challenge for Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, and the shots were not sinking into the net easily. Coming off from the first quarter and the score lines were level a piece, 7 all. For the 2nd quarter, the only change to Thunders line up, was the switching of shooters. Lorraine to GA and Ruth to use her height in as GS. Cara Copsey and Daisy Totterdell were working tirelessly at the back to gain several defensive rebounds, and linked well with Rowan Fitzsimmons (WD), to get the ball up court. Lorraine found her shooting form, and sinked an impressive 6 out of 7 attempts for this quarter, but errors did start to creep into our game, and the centre court were making unforced errors, to allow Lovell to start to pull away, with a 7 goal lead at half time. (21-14). Changes needed to be made to Thunder, to try and disrupt the flow of the game, and get us back on track. Rowan made way for Paula Young due to a leg injury, and Ruth went back into her normal GD role, aided by Daisy into GK. Cara moved to WA, and Nicole Lathwell switched to GA and Cleverdon Brend moved back to GS. The start of the 3rd quarter didn't go so well, and the confidence from our shooters were lacking. Lots of long range shots were missed and Lovell capitalised on the rebounds to score. With 10 minutes gone of the quarter, Cara called time (as not feeling too well), and Lorraine Beel graced the court as WA. Titans were determined to pull back the score line, and suddenly the belief of confidence came flooding back to Cleverdon Brend, and she was popping in the long range shots with ease. We came off from the 3rd quarter within 5 goals down (25-20), and actually won the quarter 6-4. No changes were made for the last 15 minutes of play. Titans had renewed belief, and started to claw their way back into the game. The style of play was completely changed, as Lorraine Beel slowed the game down to allow the extra passes to goal, and Nicole & Cleverdon Brend were sinking the goals from anywhere in the circle. Lucy Burnett used her speed and fitness to create space and opportunities down the court. The noise from the teams and spectators were growing, and it was evident the passion was there to win. With a few minutes left of play, we had managed to get ourselves with a 3 goal lead. Lovell didn't go down without a fight though, and their GS sunk 3 goals without a reply, and managed to get themselves in the lead again by a single goal. With mounting pressure from our defence trio, and a fine interception from Paula Young, Thunder turned over the ball and patiently took the ball to goal, with fantastic shooting from both Cleverdon Brend (8 out of 10 attempts), and Nicole (6 out of 7 attempts) in the last quarter. Their confidence to put the long range shot up showed their passion to succeed and with the clock running out, we managed to get ourselves back into the lead, to take the win on the final whistle, by 2 single goals. 34-32. A great spectacle for all to witness the come back of the mighty Titans. Everyone certainly played their part. Player of the match went to Lucy Burnett from the opposition, and Nicole Lathwell from Titans.Team Line Up: Cara Copsey, Daisy Totterdell, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Nicole Lathwell, Ruth Chamings, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Paula Young, Lorraine Beel, Claire Turner & Nicky Hinton.
Match Report - Team Lightning 02.12.18
Team Lightning travelled to Bristol to take on Premier Romans. Composure and teamwork sums up today's match. Lightning took to the court and the pace was intense from the onset. The 1st quarter was goal for goal, and sisters Jo (WD) & Beth (C) Nancekivell worked hard to keep possession through the centre court. Both teams were vocal and play was slick. The intense quarter finished with Premier Romans ahead by one goal (10-11). Michelle Sampson (Captain) made some changes and the team were fired going into the 2nd quarter. Emily Risdon (GS) and Grace Wilton (GA) were a duo not to be messed with and the goals were going in one after the other. Amber Manley (GK) and Poppy Sampson (GD) in defence were not phased by the physical play in the circle and capitalised on opportunities given. The quarter ended with Titans ahead by 10 goals (25-15). Determined to keep the lead, Titans went out strong in the 3rd quarter, but, historically, the 3rd quarter always stumps the team and the quarter was lost through errors and lack of momentum. Titans were only marginally ahead by the end of the quarter (35-30). Only five goals ahead, Titans knew they had to play hard and keep composed in the final quarter. Beth (GD) and Michelle (WD) defended well up the court which visibly rattled Premier Romans. Clare Wilmott (C) and Becka Manley (WA) in attack drove the ball safely up court to the shooters. Although well contested, Titans were controlled and forced errors from Premier Romans. Discipline in their defence became lapse and the coach attempted to make a difference with changes on court. However, too late and Titans were able to storm ahead to a ten goal margin to take the win 50-40. Player of the match went to Emily Risdon for her superb play and shooting. Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Poppy Sampson, Jo Nancekivell, Beth Nancekivell, Clare Wilmott, Michelle Sampson, Becka Manley, Grace Wilton & Emily Risdon
Match Report - Team Lightning 25.11.2018
Team Lightning pulled out an excellent performance against Hucclecote, pushing them to the wire, to lose on the final whistle by a small margin of 3 goals, 43-46.Hucclecote started strongly, but Lightning plugged away to bring back their opponents early lead, to settle into their rhythm. Everyone was working hard as a team unit. Beth Nancekivell and Amber Manley were working tirelessly in defence to stop the ball into Hucclecote's shooters. They both linked up well with the centre court of Jo Nancekivell (WD) and Rebecca Manley (C). Emily Risdon and Grace Wilton started to settle into their shooting form, in which was extremely difficult with their dominant defenders. Coming in from the first quarter, the margin was 4 goals, with Hucclecote leading 14-10. Hucclecote applied the pressure for the 2nd quarter. Their goalkeeper had timed her jump, for the perfect tip to interception from our shooters, and this put immense pressure on Emily & Grace to find the net. At half time, Hucclecote had extended their lead to 8 goals. Changes were made to Lightning, to try and change the dynamics on court. Amber sustained a knock to her eye, so made way for Poppy Sampson to move into GK. Captain Michelle Sampson came onto the court as WD and Rebecca and Clare Wilmott switched positions. This had an immediate positive effect to Lightning. Emily was shooting with ease for the 3rd quarter, as she had room to move out of the goal circle. Clare & Rebecca were providing accurate feeds into the shooting circle, and the confidence grew. The excitement was rising from the players and spectators, and we had a game on our hands. The composure of Hucclecote started to dip, and the discipline on court was evident to see. They were rattled, and Lightning capitalised on their frustrations. Coming in from the 3rd quarter, we were now only trailing by 2 goals, 35-33. We had won the 3rd quarter by 8 goals! Lightning had to keep their line up the same, as we needed to keep the momentum. Hucclecote came out hard for the final quarter. They applied immense pressure coming down the court, and the errors started to creep into our game within the final attacking third. Their defence were working hard, and they applied pressure on our shooters to sink the net. They started with a 6 goal lead, but Lightning were good at clawing their way back, and this is exactly what they did. Poppy Sampson was gaining tips and interceptions in the defence circle, and she linked up well with Beth & Michelle, to work down the court. Lightning were unfortunate not to come away with a well deserved win, as we had the opportunities in the final 5 minutes, but just couldn't sink the ball into the net. The final whistle came upon us, with a narrow defeat of 43-46. Beth Nancekivell got Player of the Match from Hucclecote, and Grace Wilton obtained the honours from Titans.Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Beth Nancekivell, Jo Nancekivell, Rebecca Manley, Clare Wilmott, Grace Wilton, Emily Risdon, Poppy Sampson & Michelle Sampson.
TItans Juniors in Sunday League Action
25.11.2018 The weather stayed dry for our U14 & U12 Junior League members to participate in the North Devon Junior League. Some great results all round, with fantastic team spirit throughout.Team Rockets were a mixed up team, due to the main squad in SW Regional action in Paignton.(Player of the Match in brackets)Team ROCKETS (U14's)v Bude Ravens WON 15-0 (Megan Davie)v Carol Anne Golds LOST 6-16 (Lily Wilson)v Bude Falcons LOST 4-16 (Lily Wilson)Team ORBITS (U14's)v Carol Anne Diamonds WON 12-8 (Celia Lethaby)v Bude Falcons LOST 6-17 (Florence Cutler)v Bude Ravens WON 25-0 (Olive Gibbons)v Carol Anne Golds WON 17-5 (Izzy Lawrence)Team GALAXY (U14's)v Titans Meteors WON 7-2 (Imogen Rhead)v Carol Anne Pearls LOST 4-5 (Daisy Brend)v Carol Anne Rubies WON 10-2 (Talitha Tanton)Team METEORS (U12's)v Titans Galaxy LOST 2-7 (Poppy Heard)v Carol Anne Topaz WON 6-4 (Nell Cutler)v Bude Comets WON 16-2 (Lola Fitzsimmons)v Bude Buzzards DREW 7-7 (Nell Cutler)
2 Titans Coaches gain their Level 2 Coaching Award
November 2018 - Great success for two of our Titans Coaches. Claire Turner & Michelle Sampson gain their Level 2 Coaching Award. With hard work and dedication, both spent 5 long days in Somerset, to achieve their Award. Claire & Michelle have been coaching Titans members for many a years, and are invaluable assets to Titans Netball Club. Both can been seen regularly coaching our Senior & Junior Members on a weekly basis. Their enthusiasm and motivation is evident to see, and everyone at Titans are super proud of their success.
Team Rockets have FAB Start to Regional
11th November 2018. ROUND 1 - Team Rockets start their South West U14 Regional campaign in Paignton with cracking results. They came up against local rivals Exeter for their first fixture, and matched them goal for goal in the first quarter by only trailing by a single goal 7-6. Unfortunately they took a knock in the 2nd quarter, and Exeter came out all guns blazing to be leading at half time 16-8. The damage was done, and for the remaining half a game, Titans kept with their opponents, but couldn't claw themselves back into the game and lost 31-17.Next they faced Bath Cougars. A thrilling encounter, in which kept all the spectators all excited and willingly the girls to succeed. They kept a tight scoreline all the way to half time, leading by the single goal 11-10. Great shooting by Lillie Sealey kept them in front, to see them go into the final quarter, winning by 2 goals 18-16. Team Rockets managed to find another gear for the final quarter, and sailed away with a fine victory 27-20.Team Line Up: Lucie Davey, Daisy Harrison, Lily Lark, Kitty Sampson, Ellie Heard, Lillie Sealey, Megan Burnell, Eden Cornish & Eleanor Roome.
Match Report - Team Thunder 11.11.2018
Thunder travelled to Bodmin, but unfortunately couldn't bring home the victory. Bodmin were quick off the mark and took a 5 goal lead with great positioning and accuracy by their GS. Thunder came back though to level it, but just before the end of the quarter a few errors crept in to enable Bodmin to regain a 5 goal lead. Cara Copsey joined Ruth Chamings in the defence for the 2nd quarter and they worked superbly together breaking down Bodmin's play and winning rebounds. Bodmin couldn't find the net as easily in Q2 and more movement in the attack meant Thunder narrowed the gap slightly to be 17-21 down at half time. At the start of the 3rd quarter Louise Lathwell thought it would be sensible to land on both defenders feet when going for her rebound and badly turned her ankle (so the team had to regroup). Initially they worked hard, and many one-twos between Ruth & Kat, and then usual drive to the pocket by Nicole Lathwell took the ball down the court, and the shooting accuracy decreased and Bodmin capitalised to pull away to 35-24 at the break. In the final quarter Katrina Venner couldn't find the net (about2/7) and heads started to drop. Everyone still worked hard and the movement was there, although timing was off at times. Lucy Burnett and Rowan Fitzsimmons kept working hard to break down their play & Lorraine Cleverdon Brend and Katrina worked intelligently to get into good shooting positions. Their shooters barely missed in the second half and punished Thunder to win 50-30. They were a good side but it was definitely a game Thunder could win. Bring on the return visit! Bodmin game Player to Katrina Venner for playing four different positions. Thunder voted for Cara Copsey.Team Line Up: Cara Copsey, Ruth Chamings, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Nicole Lathwell, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Louise Lathwell & Katrina Venner.
Match Report - Team Lightning 11.11.2018
Team Lightning travelled to Poole on 11th November where Aquarians would host them at St David English venue. The match started with a two minutes silence to honour soldiers who fought and died in the World Wars. The silence was especially poignant as it was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. Quarter 1 was quick and almost goal for goal in the first few minutes. Aquarians were rattled, however their pace and experience soon shone through and they began their lead. Lightning players made safe and secure passes up the court with some superb feeds into GS (Grace Wilton) and GA (Beth Nancekivell). C (Clare Wilmott) and WA (Becka Manley) worked tirelessly in attack. End of the first quarter score was 16-8 to Aquarians. Changes were made in the 2nd quarter and Michelle Sampson (captain) made some needed changes. Millie Wilton made her debut on court and Jo Nancekivell moved into the GD bib. Play was quick and balls were passed with power, and Titans Lightning worked hard to keep possession. Aquarians defence were strong and balls turned over were quickly scored, despite Amber Manley's phenomenal defence as GK (Player of the Match) and Jo Nancekivell's crucial tips. Aquarians were ahead by over half going into the third quarter with the score line standing as 32-14. Although Lightning players didn't feel the score reflected their play, Aquarians continued to increase their lead finishing the third quarter 30 goals ahead with a score line of 50-20. Titans continued with the momentum they had shown all match in the final quarter and really came into their own. Play was slick and the team helped as they forced some errors from the opposition. Initially, the quarter was goal for goal with both teams becoming increasingly more determined. Lightning's target was to score within half the number of goals, but with fatigue setting in, they failed their goal, and Aquarians lead was too advanced to catch up. The game finished with Aquarians winning 65-27.Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Jo Nancekivell, Michelle Sampson, Clare Wilmott, Becka Manley, Beth Nancekivell, Grace Wilton, Millie Wilton & Louise Lincoln.
Match Report - Team Lightning 04.11.2018
Titans Lightning knew the match was going to be tough when they travelled to Exeter. The game started at speed, with Exeter passing quickly and rapidly up the court. Their set play was evident and they maximised on the errors made by Lightning, bringing the score line at the end of the first quarter to 22-9 to Exeter. The scoreline didn't phase Lightning and they made changes to the team in the 2nd quarter. Emily Ridson at GS (Player of the Match) fought tirelessly to get into position and maximised on the few opportunities given, but these were sparse. Exeter GS & GA's shooting were accurate and the team maximised on the errors that Lightning made. The score at the end of the 2nd quarter was 38-18 to Exeter. Beth Nancekivell lived into GA and Grace Wilton to WA for the 3rd quarter, and the team made a number of extra passes to keep possession. Strong defence with Jo Nancekivell at WD, Poppy Sampson at GD and Kiara Clarke at GK meant Exeter attack were pressurised, but their speed of play was immense and they continued to increase their lead, finishing the 3rd quarter at 51-27. Determined to remain within half of the score line, Lightning continued to fight in the last quarter. Clare Wilmott at Centre managed to keep the pace of the centre court, but play was scrappy. Errors were made by both teams. Lightning managed to remain within half, and the match final score was 61-32 to Exeter.Player of the Match went to Emily Risdon for her superb shooting.Team Line Up: Kiara Clarke, Poppy Sampson, Jo Nancekivell, Beth Nancekivell, Clare Wilmott, Grace Wilton, Emily Risdon & Lorraine Cleverdon Brend.
Match Report - Team Thunder 04.11.2018
Thunder hosted Sydenham Gems today knowing that last season they narrowly beat them when at home. It felt like the fireworks had come a little early, when two of Titans netballs exploded. One when practising in the warm up, and then the reserve ball in the first quarter. It certainly gave us all a fright. Gems had the strongest start taking a three goal lead, but Thunder didn't let their heads drop. A few errors and missed shots initially were ironed out, and Louise Lathwell was then on fire with superb long range shots. Rowan Fitzsimmons read the game well, and made great decisions when in attack. It took 10 minutes for Lorraine Cleverdon Brend to need to shoot, but when she did, she was superbly accurate too, and Thunder came in at quarter time 15-9 up. The 2nd quarter was a bit more difficult. Gems WD tipped some great passes from her first stage defence, so Nicole Lathwell had to adjust and reset, and therefore the other attackers had to change their timing. Ruth Chamings and Daisy Totterdell also tipped lots of balls, but they couldn't capitalise, and they only extended their lead by 1 goal to 23-16 at half time.The third quarter was also quite steady with much end to end play. Katrina Venner took to the court, and made an immediate impact, applying pressure in as WD. Lucy Burnett linked well between defence and attack and controlled her feeds in to the circle. Coming in, we were now 33-24 up. In the final quarter, Thunder upped the pace a bit when Gems were failing, and pulled away to a 44-29 win. Nicole Lathwell was voted Player of the Match by both teams. Well done & well deserved.Team Line Up: Daisy Totterdell, Ruth Chamings, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Nicole Lathwell, Lorraine Cleverdon-Brend, Louise Lathwell & Katrina Venner.
Titans regain their GOLD CAPS Accreditation
30th October 2018 - Titans have been re accredited as a Gold CAPS Club within the England Netball structure. The highest level award that can be achieved for any Netball Club. This prestigious accreditation is only given to Clubs who can demonstrate that they are offering a good quality netball provision within their community.
Match Report - Team Thunder 21.10.2018
Thunder had a shaky start and Hovelands accurate shooters gave them the advantage early on. But it didn't last long. After about 10 minutes Ruth Chamings and Daisy Totterdell disrupted passages of play and we capitalised to have a 5 goal lead at the first break. The game was played at a faster pace than recently and Lucy Burnett and Nicole Lathwell worked well off the ball to create space in attack. In the 2nd quarter Hovelands changed their defensive set up but Thunder adapted, and it felt that Thunder were winning it easily with many turnovers (lots of breaking from Hovelands on centre passes helped too), but whenever Hovelands had the ball, they must have scored, as Thunder only matched their first quarter scoreline. At half time Lucy had a well-deserved rest and Katrina Venner was recovered enough to take to the court. She couldn't pass to Lorraine Cleverdon Brend for the first three balls, but that improved thankfully! Louise Lathwell and Cleverdon Brend shooting was superb and the communication between Nicole and Kat enabled them to get the ball to the circle edge. The defence continued to pick up ball and Rowan Fitzsimmons read the game brilliantly to make off-line interceptions. Thunder extended their lead to 17 goals going into the final quarter. In the final quarter, Thunder made more changes, and Hovelands tried yet another defensive strategy, although Thunder worked the ball through the mid and end court zones effectively, with many short passes and 1-2's, they couldn't quite finish it off, and the many tips landed in the opponents hands or great interceptions were fumbled. The pressure was off and although the effort level didn't decrease, Thunder couldn't quite replicate the previous quarters and list the final quarter by one goal. The final score was a superb win 48-32. Rowan Fitzsimmons was voted player from Hovelands and Daisy Totterdell was vote by Thunder. Once again a great team effort.Team Line up: Daisy Totterdell, Ruth Chamings, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Nicole Lathwell, Louise Lathwell & Katrina Venner.
Match Report - Team Lightning 21.10.2018
Lightning travelled to Winterbourne in Bristol without two key players - Beth Nancekivell & Clare Wilmott. The warm up started slow, due to one car load arriving late and players were sliding everywhere due to the court being so dusty. Captain Michelle noticed that Crossbow players were spraying Hairspray on the bottom of their trainers, and with quick thinking asked if Titans could borrow some, to ensure a good grip on court! Titans started well in the first quarter, leading in the first 5 minutes, converting their centre passes/errors in to goals. Soon Crossbow stepped up and there physical marking, put Lightning to the test. Titans came off 4 goals down. For the 2nd quarter Michelle Sampson & Rebecca Manley swapped positions, but unfortunately Titans were unable to get into a rhythm, with many errors throughout the court, and Crossbow defence applied extra pressure on Grace Wilton & Emily Risdon, stopping them from achieving goals needed, and having to put up long range shots. At half time, Titans were now down by 6 goals. For the 3rd quarter, Crossbow changed their team slightly, which made it more challenging for Lightning. We were unable to get the ball into the net and made several errors. Crossbow capitalised on our mistakes, and took a lead of 13 goals. For the 4th quarter, and may be a little too late, but everyone was determined to get a win for the final quarter and gain back some faith in the team. Standing up tall and strong, and not to be ruled by Crossbow. Poppy Sampson swapped in the centre role, putting Michelle back into Goal Defence and Rebecca into Wing Attack. We started the quarter with a goal, and with some fine pressure from the defence of Michelle, Amber & Jo, forced Crossbow to make errors. Poppy kept up the pace with her opponent and linked well with Rebecca to find Emily & Grace in the shooting circle, in which regained their confidence, and popping the ball into the net. We won the final quarter.Final score 48-38 to Crossbow. Players player went to Poppy Sampson from Crossbow. Titans player went to Amber Manley.Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Emily Risdon, Michelle Sampson, Rebecca Manley, Grace Wilton, Poppy Sampson, Claire Turner & Jo Nancekivell
Auction of Promises brings in ££££'s
19th October 2018. Titans held their 2nd Auction of Promises Event with phenomenal success, with £4710.01 monies raised. Auctioneers Lorraine Beel & Sam Roulstone were in their element at the helm of the evening, to auction off the 92 items that were on offer. Ranging from Golf Days, Massages, Weekend Breaks, to delicious cakes and bottles of Gin. There was something on offer for all to buy. The raffle alone, took in £205. A cake stall was set up as well, with the proceeds going to the North Devon Hospice, in memory of their Titans Coach - Jo Elliott. Titans held the event, alongside Bideford Cricket Club, to enable both clubs to raise funds, in which will see Titans taking over £2k. A big thank you to all that donated a 'Promise' and supported the event. A cracking success for Titans.
Division ONE of the SW Regional League !!!
14th October 2018 - Titans U14's travelled down to Paignton to participate in the Seeding Tournament, to determine which Division they would compete in for the forthcoming season. No expectations were on the cards to reach Division One, but the girls pulled it out the bag, to net themselves a phenomenal First Division spot for this forthcoming season. We started our campaign out against Lovell Titans Warriors, and even though we had plenty of passage of play, we were unable to capitalise on our possession, to sink the goals in the net. Lovell pulled away to take the first game 13-4. We dusted ourselves off, and took to the court for our 2nd game v Wimbourne. We started brightly and held our opposition goal for goal. Daisy Harrison & Lucie Davey were dependable in the defensive circle, to enable fine interceptions and give our attacking unit a fighting chance. It was only in the last few minutes that Wimbourne pulled away to take the win 14-9. Next we took on the first team from Cornwall, Saints Rockets. We started strongly, and everyone was working well as a unit. Kitty Sampson was producing superb accurate long balls in to her shooters, and Lillie Sealey and Eden Cornish were finding the net with ease. Everyone on the court worked well together as a team, in which ensued to a fine win, 14-10. We next faced Team Jets from Jersey. Lilly Lark performed to her best, playing in a defensive role of Wing Defence, and took their player out of the game. Lucie & Daisy continued to intercept the ball with ease, to bring the ball up the court to Eleanor Roome & Ellie Heard to feed the shooters. It was certainly a nail biting affair for all to watch, as with only a couple minutes on the clock, we managed to keep our noses in the lead, to take the win by a single goal 12-11. Having finished 3rd in our group, we then had to take on the 3rd place team from another group, to see who would take the prized spot in Division One. With growing confidence, we took on Somerset side of Keinton. We started so strongly on court. Everyone played their part, and Player of the Day Lillie Sealey brought confidence to her shooting, to sink the shots with ease. Eden Cornish was shooting accurately too, to enable a comfortable 7 to 1 goal lead at half time. This enabled changes at half time, so all 9 players could take to the court. It was such a proud moment for all Coaches to watch the girls see out the game to take the win with ease 11-4. Team Line Up: Megan Burnell, Eleanor Roome, Ellie Heard, Lily Lark, Kitty Sampson, Daisy Harrison, Lucie Davey, Lillie Sealey & Eden Cornish
Match Report - Team Thunder 07.10.18
Yet another great game by Titans Thunder. Tor Knights came out strong and Kat's injury was worse than expected, so she couldn't drive through the middle like she would normally, making it difficult for Titans to penetrate. Kiara came on after the break and she & Paula worked superbly to disrupt their attack. Thunder couldn't quite capitalise and remained 6 goals down at half time. Knights made changed and Thunder pushed hard in the 3rd quarter. Rowan made many interceptions and great patient play in attack complimented with accurate shooting enable Thunder to close the gap to one goal. In the final quarter Knights reverted to their original attacking line up and hit Thunder hard in the first five minutes. Thunder never gave up, but errors crept in, and the opportunities were reduced, so they couldn't prevent a 44-53 defeat.Player of the Match plaudits went to Kiara Clarke (from Tor Knights) and Lucy Burnett (from Titans)Team Line Up: Kiara Clarke, Paula Young, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Katrina Venner, Lucy Burnett, Nicole Lathwell, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend & Louise Lathwell.
Match Report - Team Lightning 07.10.2018
Lightning took the initial lead in their home fixture against the quality side of Team Bath. The first quarter was fast and furious, and errors were made by both teams, as they found their rhythm. Team Bath closed down space in the centre court, forcing some long passes by Lightning. Grace (GA) and Emily (GS) shot accurately, however Team Bath narrowed the margin and took the lead by one goal at the end of the first quarter (11-12). The 2nd quarter was equally as exciting, with both teams fighting tirelessly for possession. Team Bath made centre passes difficult, forcing Jo (WD) to assist in centre court. The score line was neck and neck throughout the quarter. Amber (GK) and Poppy (GD) synchronised effortlessly in defence, minimising opportunities for Team Bath's tall Goal Shooter to score. Team Bath were rattled and Titans were able to take advantage of Team Bath's errors. Becka (WA) fed many accurate long balls into Emily and Grace. At half time it was still only a margin of one goal. (23-34). Despite a caution and warning being issued to Team Bath's WD for delaying play, both teams fought hard in the 3rd quarter. The score line was neck and neck throughout and Beth (C) worked hard to bring the ball down the court. Game play was scrappy and it was evident both teams were hungry for the win. The 3rd quarter ended with Team Bath marginally in the lead, still by one goal (34-35). As both teams took to the court for the final quarter, Team Bath took advantage of the initial errors made by Lightning. Despite Titan's efforts and exceptional team play, Team Bath increased to a 7 goal lead midway through the quarter. With dedication and drive, Titans managed to pull the score line within 4 goals, but Team Bath took the win with a final score of 47-43.Player of the Match plaudits went to Emily Risdon (from Team Bath) and Jo Nancekivell (from Titans)Team Line Up: Amber Manley, Poppy Sampson, Jo Nancekivell, Beth Nancekivell, Rebecca Manley, Grace Wilton & Emily Risdon.
Titans Triumphant at North Devon Senior League Awards
6th October 2018 - Titans certainly took plenty of the silverware at the League Awards, held at the Cedars Inn in Barnstaple. Well Done to the following winners.Lyn Bonnett Tournament 2018 - WINNERS Titans StormHighest Scorers - WINNERS Titans StormSummer League 2018 - Division One - WINNERS Titans LightningMOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018/19Division 3 - WINNER Alice GammonsDivision 2 - RUNNER UP Caitlin MitchellDivision 1 - RUNNER UP Kiara ClarkeDivision 1 - WINNER Lucy Burnett JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018/19Division 2 - RUNNER UP Izzy ShaddickDIVISION 1 - RUNNER UP Jo NancekivellDivision 1 - WINNER Emily RisdonCLASSIC CUP (Over 40) PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018/19Division 2 - RUNNER UP Toni ShaplandDivision 1 - RUNNER UP Paula YoungOUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 2018/19WINNERS - Grace Wilton & Poppy SampsonSENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018/19Division 1 - WINNER Beth NancekivellPLAYERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018/19Division 1 - WINNER Emily RisdonNEW LEAGUE UMPIRE OF THE YEAR 2018/19WINNER - Ella Fraser SmithMOST IMPROVE UMPIRE OF THE YEAR 2018/19WINNER - Chloe CooperOUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO UMPIRING 2018/19WINNERS - Mel Barnard, Lorraine Beel, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend, Chloe Cooper, Nadine Sampson, Katrina Venner, Sharon Curtis, Peter Burrows-Bryan & Claire TurnerPLAYERS UMPIRE OF THE YEAR 2018/19WINNERS - Lorraine Beel, Sharon Curtis & Peter Burrows-BryanCHARLOTTE SHAW MEMORIAL CUP 2018/19WINNER - Ella Fraser SmithROSEBOWL (Services to Netball - 2018/19)WINNER - Claire TurnerWELL DONE ALL
Match Report - Team Lightning 30.9.18
Another thriller of a match in Chulmleigh, where Team Lightning took on Bristol side Almondsbury. Lightning took a quick lead as they took advantage of the errors the opposition made in missing their initial attempts on goal. As the quarter progressed, Almondsbury shooters were sinking the goals and the margin was narrowed. Beth Nancekivell (playing Centre and Player of the Match) broke down the space for centre court players to take the ball and errors were forced. Quarter 1 and it was 13-10 to Lightning. A formidable team in defence, Poppy Sampson, Michelle Sampson and Jo Nancekivell made it incredibly difficult for the opposition to get the ball into their shooters. Lightning looked in control throughout the 2nd quarter. Although minor errors were made, Lightning capitalised on opportunities and Rebecca Manley's (WA) feeds were accurate and direct into Emily Risdon (GS) and Grace Wilton (GA). Q2 and it was 30-24 to Lightning.Entering the 2nd half, Almondsbury made changes to their team in their effort to narrow the gap, which ultimately impacted on their momentum. In true style, Lightning took advantage by keeping their momentum and further increased their lead. Q3 42- 34 to Lightning.Confidence in their team mates was evident in the final quarter and meant the team kept position on the fourth and final quarter, dominating the court from the onset. Steady play and accurate passing and shooting meant that Lightning took the win with a final result of 56-40 to Lightning.A clean and thrilling game to watch and recommended viewing. Team Line Up: Michelle Sampson, Poppy Sampson, Jo Nancekivell, Beth Nancekivell, Rebecca Manley, Grace Wilton, Emily Risdon & Paula Young
Match Report - Team Thunder 30.9.18
Team Thunder had a great win over Jupiter in Bridgwater today. They took a little while to get going and were two goals down after the first quarter. It wasn't noticeable to the players on court, but Lorraine Cleverdon Brend only put-up one shot, but there wasn't any need for more though, as Louise Lathwell was being contacted and scored 11 out of 14 attempts. It had been goal for goal until the last couple of minutes. At quarter time, Katrina Venner moved into GA, Lucy Burnett to Centre and Cara Copsey came on as GD. The number of errors increased, but so did the interceptions and tips. Thunder made this quarter their own, winning it by 11 and therefore going in at half time 30-21 upbeat. Nicole Lathwell fed the shooters superbly giving them plenty of opportunity to net some goals. Katrina Venner surprised the bench and herself, by taking shots from wherever she was (barely in the circle most of the time), rather than passing it to get close, but thankfully Lathers had her eye in! This cushion allowed the team to make more changes for the final two quarters. Cara Copsey went to Centre, Katrina Venner back to GD and Lorraine Cleverdon Brend back to GA for the third quarter. There was still ten unforced errors but the defensive pressure from everyone remained high. Rowan Fitzsimmons and Katrina Venner worked together to hunt in the centre third and Kiara Clarke changed her play to rotate more in the goal circle. Thunder only won Q3 by 3 but they had the confidence with a 12 goal buffer. In the final quarter Cara Copsey moved back to WD and Lucy Burnett to Centre. Both forced mistakes and won many interceptions. Cleverdon Brend and Lathers moves and shot brilliantly to extend the lead to 21 and Kiara Clarke coped well with the new shooter. Thunder won 62-41. A fantastic team effort. Lots of changes which players adapted quickly to.Team Line Up: Kiara Clarke, Katrina Venner, Cara Copsey, Rowan Fitzsimmons, Lucy Burnett, Nicole Lathwell, Lorraine Cleverdon Brend & Louise Lathwell.Player of the match went to Louise Lathwell from Titans and Lucy Burnett from the opposition.
U14's finish in style to come 3rd
28th September 2018 - Titans U14's travelled to Paignton to take part in the South West Regional Tournament. It was a great experience for the girls, and they started their campaign off against Exeter. Titans started well and managed to stay with their opponents for half the game, but unfortunately our shooters could not fine their shooting range, and even though we had plenty more possession, the final scoreline didn't go in our favour, and we lost 11-7. We dusted off the lost, and faced Lovell Gladiators in our next game. We dominated the game from the off set, taking a fine win 18-10. Even our superb defender of Daisy Harrison, took to the shooting circle to find the net with ease. As we took runners up spot in our group, we then faced the tournament favourites of Lovell Warriors in the Semi Finals. We started brightly with 2 goals without reply, and this certainly shook our opponents, but they came out all guns blazing for the remainder of the match, and took the win 15-8. Going into our final game, we had nothing to lose to decide 3rd/4th placings. We were up against the much taller outfit of West Exe Pumas, and we certainly didn't disappoint. We had saved the best performance until last! Working well as a complete unit, we started the first quarter with 3 goals without reply. Everyone was working extremely hard, and interceptions and goals were readily taken. Lucie Davey in as Goal Keeper took every tip and interception that was going, and led her team to victory down the court, for our shooters to finally be able to sink the net with ease. At half time the score line was 8-1 in our favour. We continued to shine on the court, and saw the match out with a fine victory of 14-4 to take the 3rd spot. Well done to Lucie Davey for taking the Player of the Tournament accolade, closely followed by Daisy Harrison & Kitty Sampson behind her. Team Line Up: Ellie Heard, Daisy Harrison, Lily Lark, Lillie Sealey, Lucie Davey, Kitty Sampson, Eleanor Roome, Eden Cornish & Megan Burnell.
Team Lightning WIN over Carol Anne Diamonds
24th Sept 2018. Team Lightning take a convincing win over local rivals Carol Anne Diamonds in the North Devon Senior League, 49-36. A shaky start for Lightning, with Diamonds taking an initial 4 goal lead, but patience from Lightning enabled them to claw themselves back into the game, and take a 2 goal lead after the first 15 minutes of play. Ruth Chamings and Amber Manley worked well together as a defensive unit in the goal circle, and with the back up of Paula Young at WD, they hassled Diamonds to win over possession. At half time, the lead was extended to Lightning by 8 goals. Cara Copsey kept composure at WA to enable great feeds into the shooting circle for Grace Wilton & Emily Risdon to find the net. Titans never looked back, and continued to strive forward with good composure down the court, lead by Rebecca Manley in as centre. Player of the match went to Emily Risdon. A great result, with fine team work throughout.
Umpire Role Model
Sept 2018 - A special mention to our dedicated Umpire Nadine Sampson, who regularly umpires for Titans in the North Devon Netball Senior League. Having not played netball for many a year, Nadine can be always seen on the court, blowing her whistle, and a great role model for Titans Netball Club. Nadine is a qualified 'B' Award umpire. We thank Nadine for her continued support to Titans.
BREAKING NEWS - Park School not reopening until November