League Matches

Ladies the heat is on to get these played by 9th Feb! Then its Quarter Finals 16th Feb, Semi Finals 7th March, Finals 16th March

Dates so far:

24 Jan Wed (A) Jnr A& B V St Catherines, Armagh TBC

25 Jan Thurs (A) Jnr A & B St Catherines,Armagh TBC

31 Jan Wed (H) Snr A V St Pauls, Bessbrook TBC

31 Jan Wed (A)Jnr A & B & Int V St Patricks, Keady TBC

1 Feb Thurs (A) Jnr A&B V St Marys, Newry TBC

5 Feb Mon(A) JnrB & Int V Our Lady’s, Newry TBC

7 Feb Wed(A)Snr A&B, Int V St Marys, Newry 1.30 start, depart 12.45

8 Feb  Thurs (H) Jnr A V Our Lady’s, Newry TBC


So put them in your diary!!

Final Squad U13RDA

After Final trials which took place on Thursday 11th January……Congratulations go to Catherine Black GA & Selena Cunningham GD who have secured a position on the squad.

The following netballers have been unsuccessful at this stage but have been identified as reserves for the squad – if there are any injuries or a squad member has to withdraw for whatever reason, one of these reserves will be invited to training – 
Banbridge  – Lois Ginniff 
Banbridge – Eimear Ferris
Next steps: 
Please find a list of the training sessions and contact information for both coaches, Joanne and Lisa attached. Can I ask that all girls ask their parents to text Joanne to confirm their daughter will be attending the Next session. This will be held on Thursday 22nd February from 7pm – 9pm in Gilford Community Centre.  If netballers do not get in touch with Joanne, we will invite one of the reserves to attend in their place. 
Coach Information 
Head Coach                        Joanne Heasley – 07764 950419
Assistant Coach                Lisa Trainor – 07979352450 
Athlete And Parent Induction Session parents are also asked to attend the first 30 mins of the session to allow us to introduce netballers and parents to the coaches; give parents further information about the programme; to complete the necessary paperwork from the Handbook; and make payment if that suits. 
The cost for the U13 Academy Squad is £70. This includes the squad handbook, a Development Academy tshirt and access to 16 hours of quality netball coaching as well as intrasquad competition. 
Parents may pay this in full at the first or second session, or a portion of it if that is easier. There is flexibility for parents to pay however it suits them, however we ask that the balance is paid in full by 22nd February 2017.
Thanks again for your support, for preparing the girls for trials, and for anyone who helped on the day to assist with the running. I am looking forward to working with the Banbridge U13 Development squad.

Seniors beat RSA in NI Plate 1/4 Finals

On Wednesday 10th February, the Senior Netball Team played against Royal School Armagh in the quarter finals of the NI plate.

The team started off with a very strong quarter. In defence, Emily Wright (GD) and Emma Boyd (GK) prevented Armagh from scoring any goals. Meanwhile, Aimèe Dickson (WD) and Zara Sloan (C) repeatedly brought the ball back towards the Banbridge side. With Sarah McCandless (WA) refusing to lose possession of the ball, Gemma Hassan (GA) and Louise Priestley (GS) were able to score 6 goals in this quarter.

The girls continued to maintain this strong play throughout the second quarter. However, Armagh managed to score four goals. With two more goals from Banbridge, the quarter ended with a score of 8-4.

Determined to divide the score further, the team got an amazing eight goals in the third quarter. An increasingly strong defence meant Armagh did not get the ball in the net during this quarter. With Rebecca Henry now in Goal Shooter, her and Gemma’s goals brought this quarters’ score to 16-4.

In the final quarter of the match, Louise rejoined the court in GS. The team did an outstanding job once again and managed to obtain a final winning score of 21-6.

Aimèe Dickson, who defended excellently throughout the whole match, was voted player of the match. The team are now through to the semi finals!!

Intermediates lose 7-6 in the NI Plate Quarter Final

A tough match with a close final score, sadly beaten by Friends.

The first quarter began with strong defence by Suzy Neil in GK and Annabelle Kelly in GD. Also holding up the defence was Lucy McNeill in WD. Good work in attack by Zara McCracken in GS, Lauren McCourt in GA and Aoife McNally in WA who stopped the fast play coming down the court. However, the score after the first quarter was 3-0 to Friends.

The girls tried to bring back the score and take the lead, with Hannah Houstan coming into WA and Aoife McNally in GS. The attack held up a strong front while the defence were able to get many turn overs throughout the quarter. This was supported by Helene Price in C and Lucy McNeill in WD who were able to move the ball up the court. The score at half time was 6-1 to Friends.

The girls were determined to turn the game and fight. The goals started coming with Lauren McCourt in GA scoring 4 goals while being supported by Aoife McNally who was able to create space in the circle. The opposing attackers were stopped by the defence including Caitlin Meade who came on to WD. The score after the quarter was 5-6 to Friends.

The last quarter was very tight as both teams fought for possession of the ball. With both sides only scoring one goal each the final score was 6-7 to Friends.

Hard luck ladies and congratulations to Lauren McCourt who was player of the match.

Senior NI Plate Quarter Finals

Ladies match confirmed Wednesday 10 Jan 1.30 start Dromore LC against Royal School Armagh

Depart 12.45, get changed break time

Games will take place in Leisure centre on Wed 3 Jan NOT Sportshall as will be set up for internal exams for the 3 weeks!!Ladies can you stay behind until 4pm to give intermediates a games please!

GS Louise Priestly, Rebecca Henry

GA Gemma Hassan, Jessica Thompson

WA Sarah McCandless

C Zara Sloan

WD Aimee Dickson

GD Emily Wright

GK Emma Boyd



Intermediate NI Plate Quarter Final

Ladies match is now confirmed Monday 8 Jan LRC 4pm against Friends

Depart 3.10pm

C Helene Price (Captain)

GA Lauren McCourt (Vice Captain)

WA Hannah Houstan

WD Aoife McNally, Caitlin Meade

GD Annabelle Kelly

GK Suzy Neill, Lucy McNeill

GS Zara McCracken


***Ladies I have an afterschool practice on the Wednesday 3rd (first day back) in the Leisure Centre until 4pm (so there ASAP) as we have no sportshall for 3 weeks due to internal exams!!***