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Club & Social News 

Solo Session training with Jodie Gibson

On 6th September, Finborough Ladies welcomed international and super league player Jodie Gibson to their home courts for a Solo Session training night. Jodie was part of the England squad that won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and at club level, she represents Saracens Mavericks in defence. The session consisted of a warm-up and balls skills; technical netball coaching; match application, bringing together the skills we’d learnt during the night and, lastly, an informal Q & A with photos, selfies and signing.


A fantastic ambassador for netball and women’s sport, Jodie invested so much contagious energy into the training session and her results-driven focus ensured all the drills were completed with maximum effectiveness - and fun! The informal and intimate setting of the session enabled the Finborough players to ask questions along the way, in order to fully understand and apply the skills they’d learnt. The Club plans to build on the skills learnt by hosting further Solo Sessions for Finborough members, as we continue to develop and raise the level of our competitive game.  

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Walking Netball

Finborough Ladies NC will be hosting a Walking Netball session every Wednesday 9:15 to 10:15am, taking place at Needham Market Community Centre, IP6 8BB. It’s £5.00 to take part which includes delicious cake and refreshments.


The sessions are specially designed by our coaches to be super welcoming and largely follow the same formats as any other netball session – including a warm-up, mini-games and drills followed by a friendly game. Women across the country have started playing Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer!


If you’re interested in taking part, you can contact the coach Donna Cooper at to register your interest. 



Monkeying around

Finborough Ladies have found a great use for their old netballs, by donating them to the animals at Colchester Zoo!


Once the season is finished and our netballers have finished monkeying around with the older netballs, they are delivered to the Zoo for the chimpanzees to enjoy, as part of their enrichment programme.


We’re told the chimps go bananas for our old netballs and have hours of fun throwing and kicking them around.


Could this be the beginning of the first animal netball league… you heard it here first!  


If you would like to donate your netballs to Colchester Zoo for the animals to enjoy, please contact us at to arrange. 


Mavericks Futures Squad - Player of the Season

Attending the end of season meal with the Mavericks Futures Squad, our very own Maddie Chenery (pictured) was awarded Player of the Season by her coaches, winning a Mavericks dress, signed by all the players. We are so proud of all she has achieved in her netball journey so far, with the support of everyone at Finborough Ladies Netball Club and her Mavericks coaches.


Congratulations Maddie, we know this is just the beginning of a very bright netballing future… we’ll be rooting for you and keeping everything crossed for the U19 trials in September.


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Finborough Ladies play East Regional Senior League play-offs

A huge moment for Finborough Ladies Netball Club, making the club’s first ever appearance at the East regional play offs at Bedford Academy, having won the new Suffolk Sunday League. This was the highest level at which the club has ever competed and the girls did us proud!


The standard of netball was excellent throughout and although we finished 5th out of 6 teams; there were so many closely contested games, fantastic plays down court and lots of learning that we can’t wait to put into action ready for next time!

A special thank you to all the supporters on the day and of course our wonder-coach, Hazel, whose fierce and energetic support and coaching on the day and up to this point has meant everything to the squad. Hazel really is the 8th player on that court and we couldn't have asked for a better mentor.


Left to right: Esme Springham, Becky Barker, Heidi Thornton, Becky Stewart, Aisha Williams, Suzi Card, Jen Edwards, Emily Phillips (C), Florrie Grigg-Pettitt, Maddie Chenery, Kim Row, Holly Phillips, Hazel Paige (Coach)

Finborough A Team wins the Suffolk Sunday League

Congratulations to Finborough A team on winning the first ever season of the new Suffolk County Senior League!


A super performance all season, losing only one match and scooping the top position from runners up Thetford NC; they now qualify to compete in the East Regional Senior League playoffs. Jo Chenery, who has been supporting the team all season, reports…

"What a fantastic day for Finborough Ladies Netball Club. The final fixtures in the New Suffolk County League were played this morning in the lush sunshine. Finborough A firstly took on The Suffolk RAMS, followed by the long awaited regional playoff decider against Thetford. To say the Finborough ladies were pumped is an understatement. They knew they needed to smash the first game to give them as much goal difference as possible going into the decider against the Norfolk Blues!! With only a squad of 8, clever, clean play and tactical use of that extra player in both games was essential.


Finborough blasted out of the blocks against RAMS, racking up the goals with some brilliant play throughout the court. Needless to say, taking the win 49-20 filled our ladies with confidence and gave them a chance to work on some of the set plays they would be utilising in the next game against Thetford. With nerves settled and the team having gelled nicely, there was a frantic, quick turn-around to get ready for the match of the year so far!


And what can I say….. WOW WOW WOW!! From the first whistle to the final bell, the Finborough players wanted their win. Going 5 goals up in the first few minutes I could only just contain my excitement on the side line! I knew at this point Finborough had it in the bag. They were the dominant team throughout the match with Thetford trailing behind, trying to claw back goals! Jen, Kirsty and Becks were absolutely insane as a defensive unit, working together with such cohesion that the Thetford shooters just couldn’t break through. The combination of Suzi, Beth and Emily in centre court brought the ball smoothly through to Maddie and Aisha, who found their mojo together and were on fire!! Whistle for the end of the first half blew - the score 22-12 to Finborough.



Left to right: Esme Springham, Maddie Chenery, Jen Edwards, Suzi Card, Aisha Williams, Emily Phillips (C), Kirstie Moore, Becky Barker, Poppy Hudson

By this point the players, having already played a full game, were starting to feel the fatigue. However, they knew it was now or never, this was their chance to take the win and put Finborough in the Regional play offs! With an excellent team talk from Emily… to stay calm, drive through for the ball and slightly adjust timing, the players had just 20 minutes of hard work ahead of them to take the win. They knew they could do it!


The second half of this nail biter did not disappoint the supporters on the side lines, who continued to encourage and shout for Finborough right through to the final whistle. Finborough were becoming tired in the last few minutes making a few unforced errors, but their heads did not drop… with no fresh legs to bring on they had no choice but to dig deep and keep fighting. And FIGHT they did! The final whistle blew and Finborough A team had done it - taking the WIN 35-23!!!


What an outstanding performance by this team today… you should all be so proud of yourselves. So, with the win today both Finborough and Thetford, now on equal points at the top of the table need to wait with baited breath to find out who will go through to the Regional play offs on goal difference. We are all keeping everything crossed but no matter what the result, Finborough now know they are a team who are a force to be reckoned with!"

Easter Family Fundraiser

On Monday 11th April, FLNC hosted an Easter Family Fundraiser which saw our young players taking on their mothers, fathers, siblings & friends in a fun and friendly tournament.


The five teams taking part were the 'Crazy Cats', 'Chicken Nuggets', 'Awesome Angels', 'Pigeons' and '5 & Not So Alive…' and with an impressively competitive contingent of underdogs from the parents and siblings who came along, the competition was fierce!


After twenty games of fast paced and highly spirited netball, the overall winners of the evening were the Pigeons, who achieved a perfect score by winning all their matches!


A special mention and a very well done to young Toby, who won the Player of the Night by unanimous decision.


Thank you to all those who kindly donated delicious chocolate treats towards the Easter Egg Raffle to round off the evening!


A very big thank you to Dawn, who umpired all games without a break! - and to Beckie and Tanya for organising such a fun and successful evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all and raised a whopping £253 towards our Club's next chosen charity.


Lastly, a special thank you to our Club Chair Hazel and her contagious enthusiasm for not only the game of netball; but for the fun and community our Club provides to its members at all levels and of all ages.



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Mixed Netball Tournament

On Sunday 14th November, FLNC entered two teams, the Finborough Giants and the Finborough All-Stars, into the Suffolk Mixed Netball Festival held at Ipswich School Sports Centre.


It was a fabulously well organised event which saw 8 teams battle it out all morning to reach the top four spots for the final play-offs. 

Both Finborough teams arrived early to have a quick practise session on the spare courts... & make sure the boys knew the rules (ish!) 

It seemed our keen bean approach (and clever basketballer-focused recruitment methods) paid dividends; as both teams reached the top two spots, having not lost a single match! Whilst the two Finborough teams sized each other up, they realised that they each had one game in hand... to play each other in a pre finals show-down! It was most definitely the toughest match so far for both teams, ending in a draw and leaving everything to play for in the finals!

After a gruelling 15 minutes of goal-for-goal play, the All-Stars just managed to pull away enough to take the win in a nail-biting finale!

Huge thanks to all the players on both teams for literally bringing their A games... the team spirit was big and the trash talk was hilarious! 

A few special mentions; firstly to Jo and Evie Chenery for helping with scoring, supporting and generally flying the Finborough flag! Rob & Gemma Porch who provided coaching, cheers and whoops from the side line!


Clare and Becky held together the defensive contingents for both teams, working with the boys to shut down the opposition and turning play back up to the shooting circle.


Suzi, Jules and Emily tirelessly worked the centre court, keeping the play calm and controlled, most of the time! Maddie demonstrated her enviable versatility by flying across the midcourt as centre in one game and sinking goal after goal in the next!

Thanks to both Jules and Emily for captaining their teams and a HUGE thank you to the boys who helped bring those medals home to Finborough. Some amazing performances from our secret weapon - Chief, Jonathan Bourne in the shooting circle! Jason and Dave Wise played phenomenally well where ever we put them, although both proved to be the super shooters of the All-Star team, even getting away with a few lay-ups and alley-oops! David Edwards managed to get through all matches without injuring anyone (his primary objective for the day) and Ollie, Rory and JC proved to be invaluable interceptors, turning countless balls back to the shooting circle! 

Last but not least... thank you to the two little supporters, Orla and Finley Card, who were so pumped by the day's rip roaring netball action, their exhausted parents Suzi and JC had to continue playing netball into the afternoon back at home! 

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