South Durham and Cleveland ran it’s second Back to Netball Festival of 2016 in aid of The Big Pink for Breast cancer on October 9th at The Dolphin centre Darlington. It proved very popular attracting 12 teams from across the county and there was an obvious buzz of excitement as everyone arrived to play. There were 94 ladies there on the day and for some this was their first time at a festival. The festival was run in 2 pools of 6 teams. Each team playing 8 minutes one way.
It was a great standard of Back to Netball and all played in a fantastic spirit. We had a mix of teams, some from the local Back to netball league, some from the Premier league for sport and a few newly established sides trying competition for the first time.
The top team overall from each pool played off in the final. These were Hartlepool Fierce who have recently affiliated as a club and entered a local league and Darlington Divas who are part of the Headlanders club set up in Darlington. The final was 2 halves of 6 minutes and Hartlepool came away as run away winners, though the score line did not reflect how tightly fought it was.
It was a fantastic afternoon’s competition with all teams cheering each other on from the viewing gallery. There was great camaraderie between all of the netball family which is what it’s all about. We raised a fabulous £191.55p for Breast Cancer care. Well done to everyone.
Thanks to all who took part and a special thanks to the umpires who were kept very busy during the day. There was also a presentation to CRUK.
Thornaby netball club had been collecting for this charity since the last festival we ran on their behalf. In the 6 months since that event, they had run, baked, sold merchandise and donated pocket money for the charity. They raised an amazing £1140 and I was privileged to receive the cheque on behalf of CRUK. Well done to Thornaby netball, it is a fantastic achievement.