Premier League 2018/19 in focus: Weston Park Blades, Essex Open and YWCA Bury

It’s been a competitive and captivating start to the 2018/19 Premier League season.

While some teams have hit the ground running with three wins on a spin, other sides are still waiting for that elusive first victory.

Here we shine a spotlight on Weston Park Blades, Essex Open and YWCA Bury’s starts to the season and some standout players…

Weston Park Blades Netball Club – Premier League 1

  • Round 1: Viper10 Blades 73-28 Worcester
  • Round 2: Turnford 53-63 Viper10 Blades
  • Round 3: Viper10 Blades 51-46 Leeds Athletic

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Three wins from three fixtures has seen Viper10 Blades make a strong start to the 2018-19 Premier League 1 season. A large squad with a good mix of youth and experience has proven successful and defence and shooting stats have seen some outstanding individual and unit performances.

Standout player

Charlotte Curtis, 19, has won three-in-a-row Player of the Match awards after phenomenal performances in the defensive circle, racking up breath taking interceptions with quarter after quarter of commitment to keeping the opposition from scoring! Hot shot shooter Kat Hayes has equally thrilled with excellent stats and a calm focus that sees shot after shot whoosh through the ring.

Essex Open – Premier League 2

  • Round 1: Essex Open 38-40 Ryland
  • Round 2: Team Bath Toucans 70-30 Essex Open
  • Round 3: Essex Open 61-55 Telstars

Following promotion from Premier League 3, Essex Open have found life in Premier League 2 far more difficult. An opening round defeat to Ryland, despite leading 31-29 with a quarter to go, was followed by a heavy defeat at Bath. Their first victory came in a close encounter with Telstars in which the lead changed constantly throughout the game. They eventually ran out winners by six goals.

Standout player

In their game against Telstars Olivia Tchine scored 53 of our 61 goals.

YWCA Bury Netball Club – Premier League 3

  • Round 1: YWCA Bury 49-47 TFC
  • Round 2: YWCA Bury 53-34 Leyton
  • Round 3: Charnwood 49-47 YWCA Bury

The opening month in Premier League 3 has presented a variety of competition with consistency with squad selection proving costly in the third round at Charnwood. Competition has been well suited for their side in what is going to be an exciting season. With a young, but experienced squad, the transition into the Premier League is one which they have strived to reach for several years. Depth in the side is strong with the girls adapting to new opposition well in the opening three rounds.  It looks set to be an exciting season on the road!

Standout players

Millie Roscoe has shown consistency in the shooting circle in the opening month. High shooting percentages have meant she is cementing her position in the starting 7. A solid target in the circle have matched up well against some strong opposition so far. It stands her in good stead for a season with the Manchester Thunder Pathway programme.

Another Manchester Thunder Pathway/training partner, Elia McCormick has followed on from last season with an outstanding start to the Premier League campaign. Her execution in the defensive circle have shown she is an invaluable member of the team, showing improved maturity and development as each season progresses. Certainly one to watch!

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