Over 160 players, parents and coaching staff were invited to the Severn Stars inaugural ‘Super Tournaments’ at the University of Worcester Arena on Saturday 26th May. Two tournaments; the Super U16 County Tournament and the Supernova Tournament, ran at the Arena with players arriving from 8am and presentations made at 7pm by England U17 player and Severn Stars training partner Beth Gabriel, it was a long but enjoyable and competitive day of netball!
The Super U16 County Tournament was held to celebrate and recognise the hard work done by coaching staff and players within the County Academies throughout the 2017/18 Season. The tournament was also a selection event for the Severn Stars Nova Academy 2018/19 performance pathway programme. County Academy teams from Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, South Staffordshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire attended the tournament along with a guest team from Redmaids’ High School, Bristol. The teams were split into two round robin groups before their final placing matches. In Group A Gloucestershire began strongly but in a scrappy but exciting game against Shropshire the teams finished 27 all, however a final win saw them finish top of the group. In Group B, good wins for Herefordshire against South Staffordshire and Oxfordshire were not enough to prepare them for the invincible Worcestershire who finished top of Group B in style with no other team able to score half against them. This set up a Worcestershire v Gloucestershire final which saw all players step up their game given the occasion, however Worcestershire’s fine shooting form continued and they were named Super U16 County Champions despite a valiant effort from Gloucestershire. Shooter of the Super U16 County Tournament was Millie Lealan, Centre Court player of the Super U16 County Tournament was Phoebe Lines and Defender of the Super U16 County Tournament was Elyssia Letori.
The Supernova Tournament was a round robin between the Severn Stars five Nova Academies; King’s School Worcester, Millfield School, Hartpury College, Birmingham Metropolitan College and Headington School, Oxford. The tournament was also a selection event for the Severn Stars U17 National Performance League 2018 Team. The match play displayed how hard the athletes have been working in the Nova Academies with their coaching staff and a number of tight, physical and fast games ensued. The closest match of day game between King’s School Worcester Nova and Millfield Nova which saw King’s School Worcester come from behind and steal a last minute winner in the very last second of the match. However following consistently strong performances throughout the day it was Hartpury College who were named Supernova Champions 2018 managing to remain undefeated throughout the tournament. Shooter of the Supernova Tournament was Katie Pauling, Centre Court player of the Supernova Tournament was Ella Flatman and Defender of the Supernova Tournament was Jocelyn Strizaker.
The Severn Stars Super Tournaments also gave players, parents and coaches the opportunity to attend educational talks from Severn Stars Co-founder Anita Navin about the beliefs and values of the Severn Stars Netball Club and the Severn Stars Performance Pathway and from Ben Young the strength and conditioning lead for the Severn Stars Performance Pathway. Severn Stars players Sam Cook, Laura Rudland, Iona Darroch, Becky Oatley and Jodie Gibson also attended throughout the day and it was a great chance for the young talent at Severn Stars to celebrate Jodie Gibson’s and England Netball teams Commonwealth Games Gold medal success. Severn Stars would like to thank the many volunteers, talent scouts, umpires and both County and Nova Coaching staff for making the day a great success.