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Welcome to Cambridge University Ladies' Netball Club! My name is Hayley and I’m Club Captain for the 2016/17 season. Pre-season training begins on Monday 26th September 2016, and involves a week of training and fun activities to get everyone fit and back into the swing of playing Netball before trials. As a Fresher I attended pre-season Netball training and was delighted with how friendly and welcoming everyone was. 

For the first time CULNC will be selecting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team at the beginning of the season, and we are on the lookout for new Netballing talent to join our existing Club members. We have players whose experience range from playing school Netball to playing Superleague, so we encourage players of all standards to come along to pre-season and trials. Trials are 6-8pm on Wednesday 5th October, make sure you register by emailing captain@culnc.org with your Name, College, Netball experience and 1st and 2nd choice positions. 

I would love to hear from anyone that is interested in joining CULNC so feel free to send me an email, and I look forward to meeting you! 

Hayley Smith

CULNC Club Captain 2016/17

captain@culnc.org or hs574@cam.ac.uk 

Blues vs UCL 25/11/2015 WIN

The blues were up against UCL 1st in the cup this week. They new it would be tough as they were down to the bare 7 with many injuries among the squad. Within the first 3 minutes centre Emily Coulter injured her ankle meaning they were down to 6! This saw a change of Hayley Smith to centre. The team were not baffled by this and despite being 7 goals down in places they bought it back to drawing at half time. Nicky Taylor arrived at half time. With a full squad and extremely accurate shooting from Izzy Bell and Frances Lee Barber the blues managed to win by 7 in the end, a great victory. Player of the match went to Hayley Smith for her great adaptability.

Jays vs Oxford Roos 25/11/2015 WIN

With the Cambridge Jays and Oxford Roos now playing in different BUCS leagues, this Cup match was the only opportunity for the sides to meet each other before much anticipated Varsity 2016 - therefore a crucial fixture. Playing away in Oxford, the Jays were keen to use the momentum from their recent run of league wins to proceed to the third round of the Cup. The game started well with strong shooting and a quick turnover, however Oxford played with determination and refused to let us get away with any unforced errors on the court, fighting hard for 50/50 balls and loose tips. Implementing the faster decisions and stronger drives practised in training, especially from centre and captain Catrin Bush, the Jays led by 2 after both the first and second quarters. Eager to dig deep and increase this lead, Kate Garnett subbed onto WD at half time as the Jays found their stride and embarked on a phenomenal third quarter, described by vice Becca Hitchings as "the stuff of dreams." GK Kate Garden marked the hold with great success and the team, as practiced in training, successfully converted defensive interceptions into points on the board. Feeds into the circle space by Zoe and Trin were flawless as was GS Emily Elliott and GA Maddy Eno's shooting stats.The Jays went into the final quarter leading by 10 yet eager to push themselves to the end, with an improved team determination and feist keeping the Roos at bay. The final whistle blew 54-42 to the Light Blues and both players' player and man of the match was awarded to star Maddy Eno. GDBO

Blues vs Nottingham 18/11/2015 WIN

The blues were up against Nottingham this week who they'd lost to earlier in the year. They started strong with stylish, confident play that left them two up after the first quarter. The second quarter saw some great movement throughout the court which gave them an 8 goal lead at points. They finished the second quarter 5 goals up. They continued to play well and support each other and maintained their lead during the third quarter. Due to some fantastic defence from player of the match, Emily Coulter, they won by 7 - a fantastic result

Jays vs Nottingham Trent 18/11/2015 WIN

Team GS Fran GA Maddy WA Becky C Catrin WD Chloe GD Becca GK Kate Subs Zoe and Laura. A gripping match,with more turmoil than storm barnaby that rages outside. The jays, 3rd in the league table, faced Nottingham Trent, a tough opposition and a skilful team. The first quarter set us up well with a 6 point lead 15-9 and a positive attitude from the jays. Excellent shooting and the work around the D much improved from our training. Defence in the defending circle was excellent throughout with Becca and Kate consistently keeping them out of the danger zone.  The opposition could shoot successfully from far out in the D so good defence all down the court was crucial. At half time we were 7 up and at 3/4 time we were 42-34 and the final score was 54-48. The drama really came in the final quarter when Nottingham Trent pulled it back to within 2. A very stressful moment all round especially for captain Trin who had subbed herself off! Coach Helen was worried but the Jays spirit shone through and we pulled away again to be clear by 6 at the final whistle.

A fantastic win for the jays as they look to move further and further up their new league. Thanks to our Coach for the tactics and to all the wonderful supporters!

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