AU Netball off to winning starts

THIS month, The Courier sat down with four members of AUNC to talk about the club and how this current season is going. The four girls interviewed are club President and First Team Player, Lucy Purser, Second Team Captain Annabel Charlton, 1st Team player Bethan Watkins and 2nd team player Charlotte Hendley.

Here’s a quick summary of their BUCS season so far:

After three wins from three games, the First team sit at the top of their league (Western 3). Their first league fixture was played at home with Aber claiming a good win against USW Newport, by 59-24. Their following wins came away against Cardiff Met and in their third match of the season they beat UWE comfortably by 47 to 18. The 2nd team started similarly with a solid home win against Hartpury. Since that opening win they travelled to face Cardiff Met, where they lost and their match against Bristol University was postponed.

How long have you been playing netball for?

Netball 1sts Bethan: Since year 3 and all through University.
Annabel: I’ve been playing for 8 years and all through Uni too.
Charlotte: I began playing in year 7 and joined a club in 6th form.
Lucy: I started playing netball when I was about 8 and have played ever since.

What were your thoughts following your good starts?

Annabel: The Seconds beat Hartpury 1sts by 41 to 26 and we had 5 first year students in the squad. We were strong on defence and we capitalised on their silly mistakes.
Bethan: The 1st team won 59-24 against Newport 1sts. and we worked hard for the win. The team is a settled one, as I am the only newcomer. Our communication on defence carried us though.
Lucy: The 1sts haven’t lost a game yet. AUNC 1sts have a very promising season ahead of them as everyone on the team has played together before. AUNC 2nds have won one match and lost one of their games, they are working really well together even though it’s mostly a brand new team.

Netball 2nds How do you balance playing in the Machynlleth league along with your BUCS fixtures?

Annabel: Our Machynlleth teams are a chance for people with less netball experience to play. It is less competitive than BUCS but we still take it seriously and aim to win.
Lucy: Our Mach 1 team (headed by Kate McMahon) has played two games so far. They won one and lost another. Our Mach 2 team (captain Emily Symonds) has only had one game, against Dinas Mawddwy. Their next game isn’t until 4th December. Our ‘Mach’ teams are also due to be playing in a new league in Aberaeron, starting in January 2015.

What are your impressions of the University’s sport facillites, where do you train?

Lucy: AUNC are fortunate to be able to train indoor , so our matches and training are not weather dependant. We are able to keep all our equipment there, which helps us a lot We also have really good training times, so all girls are able to attend training and not miss it due to lectures. The only thing the club struggles with is umpires as there are not many umpires in the area who are qualified enough to officiate our BUCS games. It is also very hard for us to get outside coaching due to Aberystwyth’s remote area, however captains act as coaches.
Charlotte: At first I was worried about joining but now I have settled in, it’s nice to be able to play indoors!

Thanks to all four for their participation.