Netball stars reunite as league celebrates with awards night


PLAYERS from the South & West Dorset Netball League descended on the Dorchester Trinity Club for their annual presentation night, with an array of award winners.

This well-deserved celebration unfortunately could not take place last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year the event was back in full force.

The rewards won covered the winter 2019 and summer 2021 seasons, with the game being barred in 2020 by the pandemic.

Belle Construction won Premier Division titles in winter 2019 and summer 2021.

Cannadox, now Warmer Home Improvements, won the Division One title in 2019 before Coastal Cheese in 2021.

Artifex B and Meraki were winners in 2019 and 2021 respectively in the second division.

Rhiannon Carter won the Premier Division Player of the Year award, with Mailia Brown taking the Division 1 award and a joint victory for Ellie Donoghue and Lanni Sellick in Division Two. However, the overall victory went to Brown.

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The first division referee’s player of the year was Jayne Guppy, while Katie Ritsema took first division honors and Hollie Davis won second division. However, Ritsema won the overall award with the most votes.

A special recognition award was also given to Jaimee Browne, who was the league’s youngest referee at the time and still had the second-highest score, only being beaten by his coach.

The Sue Barras “Most Improved Team” award is given to the team that has won the most places in the league over the two seasons. This year it was won by Lulworth Lightning.

The Denise Camp award for fair play and good conduct is voted on by the committee and takes into account several aspects, including attendance at the league’s AGM, attitude and sportsmanship on the field, support offered to the league and the positive promotion of netball in the region. This year’s winners were WJNC.

The Louise Beals Award for Service to Netball was presented by former winner Caroline Kellaway to Kelly Browne and Louise Bugler, who were considered to have provided monumental support to the league and to netball in the region.

One of the many highlights of the evening was the raffle, where several incredible prizes were won and around £ 600 raised for charity, split between Weldmar Hospice and NuWaves.

The league thanked the local businesses and team sponsors who donated raffle prizes, the Dorchester Trinity Club for hosting the event and all of its players and supporters for helping the league survive the challenges of the past 18 month.

Laureates: Divisional winners winter 2019 – First division: Belle Construction. Finalists: Gungho Marketing; Division 1: Cannadox; Finalists: Bugles; Division two: Artifex B; Finalist: Coastal cheese

Summer 2021 winners – Premier Division: Belle Construction: Finalists: New Body Fitness; Division 1: Coastal cheese; Finalists: Bay Fencing; Division Two: Meraki; Finalists: Exe Training

Overall winner of the players: Mailia Brown; Premier League: Rhiannon Carter; Finalist: Ashleigh Browne; Division 1: Mailia Brown; Finalists: Sofia Voss and Lucy Bugler; Division 2: Ellie Donoghue and Lanni Sellick; Finalist: Marcelina Przybysz

Player of the referees winner of the general classification: Katie Ritsema; First division: Jayne Guppy; Finalists: Olivia Conning, Rhiannon Carter and Ashleigh Browne; Division 1: Katie Ritsema; Finalists: Lucy Bugler; Division Two: Hollie Davis; Finalists: Ellie Donoghue

Referee of the year in general: Louise Clairon; First division: Louise Clairon; Finalist: Jaimee Browne; Division 1: Ali Holmes; Finalist: Sue Lee; Division 2: Alison Frampton; Finalist: Anna Crabbe.

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