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Welcome to Cambridge University Ladies' Netball Club! My name is Chloe and I’m Club Captain for the 2017/18 season. 

This year we will be selecting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team at the beginning of the 2017 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.

Preseason will begin on Monday 25th September until Sunday 1st October and will be hosted at Cambridge University Sports Centre. The week will include three netball training sessions and fitness to help everyone get back into the swing of things! A completed timetable including timings will be uploaded onto the website in due cause. 

Trials will be held the following week on Friday 6th October 4-6pm, make sure you register by emailing captain@culnc.org with your Name, College, Netball experience and 1st and 2nd choice positions. 

For those interested in our summer fitness plan please see the news article below on the website where you will be linked to a dropbox. There is a fitness plan attached spanning 6 weeks that should prepare you nicely for preseason and hopefully the season ahead!

We 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 soon! 

Chloe Merrell

CULNC Club Captain 2017/18

captain@culnc.org or cjm227@cam.ac.uk

Blues vs Oxford 1sts 28/10/2015

A home game against Oxford was always going to be a big fixture for the Blues. With both teams yet to win a match in our new higher league there was even more pressure to win. Having lost our first two matches whilst yet still winning the final quarters we knew we needed to go out strong from the start. Which is exactly what we did! Oxford’s solid circle defence did not phase GS, Izzy Bell, as she simply sank long shots one after another. Our new circle defence combinations were proving to be tough opposition for Oxford as Lucy, Tara and Charlotte’s turnovers helped secure our 10 goal lead going in to the fourth quarter. Our, as ever impressive, C Emily out ran her opposition creating crucial interceptions throughout the game. Hayley, Emma and Nicky, our mid court players, also had great games with their strong drives effectively bring the ball down the court to goal. Man of the match went to our Captain Frances Lee-Barber. The final score was 33-29 with an epic last second goal by Izzy being disallowed. The team walked away with huge grins all round; it was a great first win of the season and the Blues were back working hard at training Thursday evening motivated that this is the start of many more great victories this year.

Jays vs. Nottingham 3rds 28/10/2015

Another nerve racking Wednesday for the Jays as they set out for their away game, still finding their feet in Midlands league 2b. Keen for a win against their first opposition of the season, Nottingham 3rds, the Jays put out a brilliant performance to beat Nottingham 46-31. We kicked off the match with a small lead which was extended throughout the game. The opposition’s attacking play didn’t shake us, captain Catrin Bush kept the team cool as we fought for every ball to extend our lead further and further. On the occasion that Nottingham came back a few goals the hours of training already put in meant that the Jays played their own game; the killer interceptions by the circle defence combination KG and Becca were over and over pinged up the court, despite tight defence from the opposition. Player of the match Kate Garnett at WD played a key role in linking the defence and attack and ensuring the ball didn’t get stuck in the centre court. Captain Catrin Bush had a brilliant game at centre with some fantastic feeds going into the D and she played hard right until the last whistle. We were delighted to have Maddy Eno back in the squad and she certainly delivered the goods, working with Emily Elliot, and Fran, to cleverly pass the ball round the D against a very close (in all respects) defense. The shooters stayed strong throughout and put up goal after goal (46 infact) for the Jays. All in all the Jays LOVE to win – and did so in style. Huge excitement for CULNC with the first double win of the season. Bring on next Wednesday.

Blues vs Worcester 21/10/2015

In the Blues second match of the season, Cambridge got off to a rocky start falling two goals behind in the first quarter. Throughout the match Cambridge would gradually pull it back to equalize, but unfortunately Worcester were still leading by 2 as the final whistle blew at 36-38. The Blues were looking strong in defence, with Lucy, a new star in the Blues squad, starting as GK, Charlotte as GD, and Hayley as WD who was awarded Player of the Match. Charlotte and Hayley were a dazzling duo, and worked hard to break down the attacking play of the tall GA and the incredibly speedy WA. Tara came on as GK at half time, and dominated the circle making countless interceptions. Our sprinter of the team, Emily, who captained the Blues last season, started as C. Emma started as WA, Maddy as GA, and Frances new Blues Captain as GS. Maddy is an invaluable new addition to the Blues squad, who played for the Jays last season. A quick switch around in the second quarter saw Frances move into GA and Izzy come on as GS. Emily and Emma really nailed their circle edge drives and feeds, and the Cambridge attack worked well around the circle against some incredibly feisty Worcester defenders. Nicky came on as WA in the second half, and made some fantastic changes of direction and drives for the ball. This was an unfortunate loss for Cambridge, but wins are definitely on the horizon for this newly formed team!

Final score: 36-38 (loss)

By Hayley Smith

Jays vs. Loughborough 3rds 21/10/2105

TEAM 21/10/2015:

GK: Kate Garden

GD: Becca Hitchings

WD: Kate Garnett

C: Catrin Bush ©

WA: Becky Haggie

GA: Emily Elliott

GS: Fran Jenkins

Subs: Zoe Evans, Megan Lockey, Elly Harrison

The Jays set off from the drizzle of Cambridge for their second BUCS Wednesday to play Loughborough 3rds on their extraordinary home turf aka ‘the netball centre’. While some of us woke up with butterflies for the upcoming match, GD Becca Hitchings woke up excited to snoop around their facilities. Fortunately we weren’t so intimidated when we arrived when we saw the (almost) Cambridge blue sports hall walls. Error Loughborough. This was followed by a good warm up and a fairly dominant first half, with the scores neck and neck. Brilliant play from the defensive circle (Becca and players player, Kate Garden) picked off ball after ball of the Loughborough attack. Pressure put on the Jays getting it out of defence leading to frustration but the girls worked hard using front cuts and making sure there is always more than one option. Half time hit us and the pressure was still on, we hadn’t pulled away but stayed positive. We had no changes which was a challenge to our fitness, and was possibly the reason for dropping 5 points behind by the end of the third quarter. Calm words from captain Trin urged us to keep our cool – and a complete sub on of Zoe Evans (WA), Megan Lockey (WD) and Elly Harrison (GS) gave an injection of new energy in the final quarter. Sadly we still couldn’t turn the tide of Loughborough finishing the game 44-34 to them. Despite this all agreed that it was a good match with some nice passages of play – and makes us all excited to come back and smash ‘em next time round!

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