HDNL Players Player of the Year 2016-2017

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HDNL Players Player of the Year 2016-2017

HDNL Players Player of the Year 2016-2017

A huge congratulations to 15 year old Millie Spires, who won the Herts & District Netball Leagues Players Player of the Year for 2016-2017 season.  Since joining Omega, her first ever netball Club, in September 2016 and playing as part of the Club’s first junior squad, Millie has grown in confidence and skills in playing the game.  Each game she has played, she has been solid in playing a defensive position within the squad, showing great determination in striving to win the ball from the opposition at every opportunity.  As is the case with the rest of the squad, she has displayed great team spirit, both when playing and supporting the team at every game.

Winning this Award is a great accolade for any player, but an even bigger achievement for Millie in her first season, having played against experienced, adult players all season.    We hope Millie will continue to build on her skills and show the same enthusiasm for the game in the coming season and wish her and the rest of the squad great success as they progress their game.  Well done Millie!

Youths Final Winter Fixture

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Youths and Coaches

The final Winter HNDL Saturday Fixture and Omega are out in full with their regular band of supporters to finish the season.

The team improve each time I see them play and the enthusiasm never fades.  They are much more controlled in their play, considering the next pass – the ball no longer a ‘hot potato’.  Those sitting on the side lines, constantly encouraging and cheering on the team.  Whilst they have yet to win a game, there are many more goals being scored.

For their first ever season playing the game, they should be proud of their performance and continued striving to compete to the end.  Playing against Senior teams, many of them with experienced players who have played together for several years, but not once in the times I’ve seen them play have they ever given up on the game.  On the occasions I’ve watched them play, I’ve been encouraged by their enthusiasm and support for each other and been really proud of their conduct, particularly when the officials and other teams have sung their praises for their continued drive and self control.  We are very happy to have such a great group of girls who have joined our blue and green family we call Omega!

A big thank you goes to their two coaches, Hannah Sell and Hannah Brown, who have supported and motivated them week on week, turning up every Saturday morning, no matter the weather, to cheer on and lift the team spirits.

This being their first ever season of netball, they started off very nervous individuals who had no real knowledge of the game, but they have grown together as a unit into a determined team, building their skill levels each week.  Today, many officials and supporters with other teams, comment on their improved play and I look forward to seeing their continued development over the  summer season.

Omega 1 vs Star – 1st April 2017

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Omega 1 vs Star

Saturday 1st April saw Omega 1 step out on Court for the final game of the season. As newbies to the East Region division our aim was to maintain our spot in the league – to our amazement we ended up winning the league, actually we smashed it – taking 76 points out of a possible 80! Our closest opponent in second place with 56 points.

Our final game saw us play against Essex based Star. From our previous encounter we knew it was going to be a tough and physical game. After having a month off the girls were determined to go out with a strong start taking the first quarter 15-8. The first quarter has been consistently a very strong quarter for the 1s and the strong start has usually won us the game.

The girls returned for the second quarter with the same determination. Even though we had already won the league it was a nervy quarter with several errors however we still maintained our lead, 27-15.

The third quarter again was sloppy, however with great defensive pressure and patient built up we managed to secure a further 12 goals to end the quarter 39-27. The third quarter was Stars strongest but the fightback was too late in the game.

It was the last 15 minutes of the season and the girls were told to go out and enjoy it, which they did.  The final score being 54-39 to Omega.

16 games played and 844 goals scored with 634 goals against, both being the best in the league. We are extremely proud of the team and would like to thank all our supporters this season for pushing us to the final whistle. Also massive thanks to our coach Paul Kenny for putting up with us all.

We are excited to take on Div 2 next season. Watch this space!

Omega 2 vs Shelley – Sunday 2nd April 2017

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Omega 2 vs Shelley - 2nd April 2017

The final Herts County game for Omega 2 and they are playing Shelley.  The team for the whole game is Hannah Brown – GS; Leanne Mansfield – GA; Claire Statham – WA; Lisa Short – C; Molly Brett – WD; Julie Stanbridge – GD and Louise Cousins – GK.

Omega look strong as they start the game and although they make many errors, they win possession of the ball from their opponents many more times to allow them to take a quick lead to the game.   A missed shot by Omega and the opportunity for a turnaround for Shelley, but a tip to the ball on the edge of the shooting circle by Claire, sees the ball back in Hannah’s possession, who quickly converts it as has become to be expected of her.  The team are slow to settle into their positions and ever-changing combinations, but nevertheless, the first quarter ends with a solid 9 goal lead for Omega, with the score 13-4 in their favour.

The second quarter and Omega are much more into the game, with fluid linking of the ball right the way down the court, finished by superb feeds into the shooting circle by Leanne, Lisa and Claire and accurate goal conversion.  We see a fantastic feed from Molly from way deep in the centre third, finding Hannah with precision, who rounds off the goal in her usual manner.    The final 10 seconds of the game and the ball is fed into Hannah, who misses the shot, but has gained a penalty due to a contact, and the final goal of the half sees the scores at 34 – 11 to Omega.

Omega look confident and relaxed as they take the court for the second half of the game.  Excellent defensive play by the team and particularly Molly, Julie and Louise results in a couple of held balls by Shelley and no goals being converted by the opposition until the final 5 minutes of the quarter.   A deflection by Molly in the centre third sees the ball roll quickly down into our shooting third and picked up by Hannah, who once again takes advantage of the won possession.  The final 12 seconds of the quarter and it’s Omega’s goal line throw-in.  They skilfully link the ball in a very controlled manner, quickly and smoothly down court, finding Leanne who scores the goal just before the whistle ends the quarter.

Going into the final quarter, Omega have a massive lead with the score 52-16 to start the quarter.    Leanne uses the support of her attack around the shooting circle with fantastic movement and passing to work herself into a good shooting position in this quarter.  The team keep up the pace to the end of the game and win the game 66-22.

A great season for the Omega 2 team, who end the season as Division 3 winners, which is greatly deserved.  The accuracy of the shooters this season has resulted in a massive 1034 goals, which we’ve never seen before!   This is not achieved in isolation as the defensive play and skilled ball control by the rest of the team has allowed them to turnover the possession of the ball to allow the extra attempts at goal conversion.  Well done Omega 2 and we look forward to your next season in Division 2 at Sir Fred’s.

Bronze CAPS Award Achieved!!!

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England Netball Club have awarded Omega N.C. the Bronze CAPS Award…a great accolade for the club!

We have worked hard this season, not only in striving to compete in the East Region League for our first season, but to maintain our position in this League, we have had to achieve the CAPS Award.  This has resulted in our need to establish a Junior Section to our Club, which we are pleased to say is going down a storm.  The enthusiasm of our new Junior Members is enlightening, as is the determination of their coaches, Hannah Sell and Hannah Brown, who have supported and encouraged them throughout the season.

To obtain this Award, we have encouraged several of our Senior Club Members to gain the UKCC Coaching Awards and we congratulate, Andrea Kinninmonth, Hannah Brown and Claire Statham in achieving this.

The Club have pulled together, determined to do the best they possibly can to ensure we align with and adhere to the guidelines provided by England Netball in establishing our quality run Club, so we’re proud to be presented with this well deserved Award.

End of Season Mini Tournament

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End of Season Mixed, Youth and Seniors Mini Tournament

Blue Team

Purple Team

Mini Tournament Blue Team
Mini Tournament Purple Team

Lauren Lee, Julie Stanbridge, Abby English, Maisie Mizon, Ruby Brett, Lucy Andrews, Emma Lack, Hannah Brown, Claire Daws

Leanne Mansfield, Emma Maidment, Andrea Kinninmonth, Louise Merrick, Jodie Gill, Millie Spires, Ellie Reynolds (and missing from the picture is Emma Faulkner)

White Team

Green Team

Mini Tournament White Team
Mini Tournament Green Team

Louise Cousins, Molly Brett, Anna Rogers, Charlotte O’Riordan, Holly Bennett, Sophie Cockrill, Yasmin Rogers (and missing from the picture is Martha Rodman)

Faye Bellas, Lauren Ahern, Charlotte Jordan, Jodie Woods, Hannah Sell, Neave Parsons, Megan Pryde, Kayleigh Hawkins

The final indoor training session for the season and the Junior and Senior sessions are combined to allow for a fun mixed mini-tournament.  The Club teams were split across four colour named teams, with a fair distribution of all skill levels across the teams.

The night started with a warm-up bib race to get our hearts and adrenaline pumping.  We then enjoyed six mini games of 15 minutes each, with rolling subs allowed to ensure fair game play for all.  The session gave club members who usually only play, the opportunity to officiate and get more involved.  It also allowed the youths and seniors to work together and learn from each other, building a great cross-Club rapport.

The night went well and appeared to be enjoyed by all, with the Blue’s winning the tournament and receiving a mini Easter Egg as their prize!  Definitely an evening we will aim to repeat and may even start the season with.