It’s the latest column from our Captain reflecting on the Regional League season.
So, it seems that as soon as it began, the regional season has now come to an end. I’m writing this on the bus on the way back from our last league match of the 2018-19 season which was away to Jupiter in Bridgwater. We secured a 48-66 win despite lots of changes to our line-up.
I want to start this piece by saying a huge thank you to David. The support he’s given this team over the year has been second to none; from driving the match day minibus, to designing the training programme to meet our needs, staying positive when we make ridiculous errors, and approaching everything with a totally professional attitude.
It doesn’t go unnoticed by everyone on the squad and the opposition we play each week. His encouragement and focus has driven us forward and we now have a squad and style of play that we are all very proud of.
Thanks also to Andrew for your amazing photography skills. We all appreciate the time you give up to capture the best action of our matches. It is a great bonus for us as players to have some quality pictures showcasing how epic we look on court.
Also, a big thumbs up to all the mums, dads, partners and friends who have come to support us on match days, scoring matches and helping us to get to training. A special mention must go to Sue Oates for her impeccable organisation and coordination of our home day match teas (I’m not biased in saying we do put on the best spread! I will definitely miss the lemon cake, chocolate fudge and ‘Oaties’ #SueForBakeOff2020)
We finish the regional season sitting in second position with 15 wins, 2 loses and a draw to our name. Looking back we’ve progressed into a team that successfully builds from match-to-match; as a squad we are now confident in reflecting on our play and then using this in training and subsequent matches to inform where our strengths lie and what we need to be doing to get better.
Plus, we have developed a squad atmosphere on and off court that is both competitive, supportive and light-hearted. For any amateur team this is an exceptionally hard thing to grow and maintain; credit to all the players in contributing to this (literal #squadgoals). I have so much fun playing netball with you all. Winning is good, but playing with a team you love being part of and can have a laugh with is another level in sport.
We are now in great place moving forward with both the regional 2 play offs and next season to look forward to. We know that in September some of our players are moving on to university so we will have to work hard to fill their shoes (please don’t go!), but the future definitely looks bright (and orange!).
The younger players coming through have shown encouraging levels of maturity when they have slotted into the match day squad. I for one am definitely looking forward to playing netball with them for years to come and watching them go from strength to strength, in their own development and as part of the club.
Stay tuned for our final Cornwall league matches and we will keep you posted on play off day!