Welcome to the Matterhorn League!

As the cool autumn breeze begins to blow in, the Netball season in Switzerland officially kicked off! This season Swiss Netball introduced a new league format whereby all the clubs head to one venue and play their matches on the same day.

The Matterhorn League

Last year we were promoted to the Matterhorn League (yay!), so on the 15th October, we headed down to Lausanne for our first match of the season against last years Matterhorn Division winners: GIN (Geneva International Netball).

We played our hearts out, working together and developing our skills thanks to our brilliant coach Annette. The game finished 55-28, so a huge congratulations to GIN and we can’t wait for our rematch! Our next match is on 3rd of December in Geneva, where we will take on AGNA (Aubonne Girls Netball Association) at 11:30am. Thank you to all our supporters and players in the league game, we hope to see you there!

October trainings saw a big focus this month on DEFENCE! An essential part of the game that is not only the responsibility of the defenders but also for those in attack. From tips to intercepts to body positioning!

Our New Committee

We recently welcomed 3 new committee members to the club:

  1. Leah (WA, GA) will be taking over events for the club. In her role she will be organising all events during and outside of training. So get prepared to get your nerd on a pub quizzes and other amazing social activities!
  2. Emily (GD, GK) is taking on social media and content creation responsibilities for the club, working with Chiara! We look forward to the upcoming posts and creativity she can bring to our platforms.
  3. Lauren (GK, GD) is taking on keeping our website up-to-date and sending out our comms to our lovely members!

Let’s get Spooky

It’s safe to say October has been a great hit and finished off with our Halloween themed training… spooky! Congratulations to Abby, the winner of our best dressed competition – you can find their great costumes on our Instagram page. If you’re looking for a bit more of Zurich Netball and keep up to date with all the news and events, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball or if you’d like to get involved at our next training session send us a message and show up on Tuesdays at 19:00 at ICS International School Zurich – all are welcome.

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Monte Rosa League

Away Games

On Sunday 29th May, Zürich travelled to Lancy and played their most decisive match of the league; while things became heated, Zürich stayed calm enough to take home a fantastic win! With a final score of Zürich 30 / Lancy 19. 

There is no doubt Lancy will be out for a win when they hopefully travel to us at the end of June! 

On Saturday 4th June, Zürich played both Nyon and Aubonne in Nyon, and while the conditions in the hall were extreme, our players did amazingly well to beat both teams. Here were the final scores:

Zürich 50 / Nyon 18

Zürich 45 / Aubonne 12 

Congratulations to Lyndsay, who was chosen by the other teams as players player!  

And Just Like That…

Our trainings for 2021 are over!

2021 has been another challenging year but we finished the year off strongly!

In August, we had our long awaited House Warming Party which saw old and new faces coming together to play netball for the first time in a long time! Since then we have had enjoyed fantastic attendance and welcomed lots of new members to the Zurich Netball Club family!

In November, we focused on match play and defensive and offensive play and finished the month off with a full match! In a hotly contested game, the Pink Panthers just edged out the Smurfettes to win the game. We were also able to have an AGM in person this year in November, after having to have a virtual meeting last year. It was great to be back in The Outback Lodge in Stadelhofen after such a long absence. The new committee for 2022 was announced (details of which you can find here). We also say a big thank you to Lyndsay Lomax and Lorna Rettig, who are taking a well-deserved break from committee duties in 2022 but will still be around to keep our attacking circle strong!

The winners of the annual awards were also announced at the meeting. Congratulations to the following worthy winners in 2021:

Player of the Year – shared between Konio and Emily

Virtual Player of the Year – Abby

Best Newcomer – Pasqualina

Miss Motivator (for keeping us going with fitness sessions during Lockdown) – Lorna and Jess VR

We only had two training sessions in December but because of the fantastic attendance we were also able to get some full match play practice in, which will come in handy for when in January when Zurich Netball will be joining the Swiss Netball Monte Rosa league for the first time. We are already looking forward to more match play against other clubs in Switzerland!

We will be back early next year for more netballing fun. Follow us on Instagram @zurichnetballclub for weekly photos and videos of our training and matches!

In the meantime, thank you for supporting Zurich Netball Club! We wish you a very Merry Christmas wherever you are in the world and wish you a good and safe start into 2022!

Final Countdown

It’s only a few days before we can (finally) celebrate being in our new home! On 24th August we will finally be able to ‘warm our house’. Come and join us at 8pm at Schule Kolbenacker. You can find directions to our new location here.

If you are intending to come please let us know by signing the Doodle: https://doodle.com/poll/wgrh2yqmrxm22f8q

If possible please wear indoor shoes or shoes that haven’t been us outside as we don’t want to mark the floors!

The celebrations will continue later when we will go to a local pub for a social drink.

We’re really looking forward to seeing old and new faces there!

If you have any questions please feel free to email the committee at zurichnetball@gmail.com and we will get back to you!

Back to Netball

After what seems like an age, it is almost time to celebrate moving to our new home!

If you remember back to October last year, we finally found a new home for Zürich Netball Club only for the latest lockdown to hit. Now that things have calmed down again we are finally able to have our big reopening and invite everyone back to netball!

On Tuesday 24th August we will be back in the sports hall at Schule Kolbenacker at 8pm for netball, fitness and a lot of fun. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back. It’s been a long time since all the club members were back together but absence does make the heart grow fonder.

However, it’s not just old members were are looking to welcome back. We are also hoping that all the time trapped indoors with no sports to do has meant that some people in Zürich and the surrounding areas have been wondering about taking up a new hobby or coming back to netball. If that is you then please come a join us!

We plan to have a fun evening with lots of netball. If you have no experience and just want to try that’s no problem. All training will be provided ‘on the job’.’

If you are interested in joining us and celebrating our new home, please make sure you sign the Doodle so we know how many people to expect and we comply to current Covid regulations for track and trace.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at zurichnetball@gmail.com and one of the committee members will get back to you!

Return to Netball

After a long hiatus and many online fitness sessions, we are pleased to officially announce that we are BACK PLAYING NETBALL!

Because of the current restrictions we would still have to wear masks indoors but the weather has been kind to us so we can play outside with posts, a court and everything! We know you are all ready and raring to go so come along and join us this Tuesday at our new home Schule Kolbenacker at 7pm.

As the weather is super hot at the moment, please remember to bring water and suntan lotion with you. We still need to keep a record of attendance because of the ongoing situation so please make sure you sign up via our Doodle link here so we know who to expect.

If this is the first time for you to our new location, you can find directions here. We will be outside so it should be easy to find us!

Check our social media over the next few weeks for another important announcement!

What a year!

What a year 2020 has been! We haven’t been able to play half as much netball as we wanted to and have had to resort to seeing each other on weekly Zoom fitness sessions but we are happy that all our members have stayed healthy and happy throughout the year.

In the middle of December we held our AGM (online, of course!) followed by a Christmas Quiz. This was very different to previous years when were have been able to enjoy a Christmas party in person and enjoy celebrating the end of the year together.

We did keep to our AGM tradition of handing out awards to members who have shown outstanding commitment over the year. This year’s Award Winners were as follows:

Best Attendance – Jointly won by Lorna Rettig and Claudia Almer

Best Newcomer – Emily Bridgman

Quarantine Quizzer – Steffi Zinsser

Most Festive (for best fancy dress at the AGM) – Lyndsay Lomax

The Committee for 2021 was also announced:

President/Coach – Claudia Almer

Treasurer – Jess Brown

Secretary – Abby Clark / Emma Wickens

Event Co-ordinators – Lorna Rettig / Sarah Hannibal

Social Media – Lyndsay Lomax

Coach – Jess Van Rossum

Think Tank – Kim Weber

… And a huge thanks to Emma Schwarzwälder who did a fantastic job as part of the committee in 2020. Emma will be taking a break for netball as she recently became a mum to gorgeous baby Sophie!

Thank you to all our members for continuing to support us through a difficult year. However, it wasn’t all disappointing news as we have now found a permanent new home which we are excited to use once it is safe to do so.

Our Online Zoom fitness sessions will be restarting on 5th January 2021 at 8pm and members will receive the link to the Doodle to sign up over the next few days. Hope to see you there!

All the best for 2021 and we hope (really, really hope) to see you all on a netball court soon!

Online Training

Due to the evolution of the current situation, the Committee decided to postpone the launch of our new training venue until a time when it is safe for us all to be together again. We know that you are all as disappointed as we are but hope you understand our reasons for doing so.

The good news is the ‘suprise’ we had planned will not spoil and can also happen at a later date (Hint: the surprise wasn’t cake!). So no one is going to miss out on anything!

Of course, we know that this is a difficult time for everyone and so we want to continue our training and get together on a weekly basis (as if Covid-19 didn’t exist) as planned. From Tuesday 3rd November, we will be holding weekly Zoom sessions for a quick chat and then some exercises to keep our members fit at home!

All members should have received a Zoom link so you can join at 8pm on Tuesday. The session will run for around 40 minutes in total. All you need is your workout clothes, a mat, a towel and a bottle of water – and internet connection. If any member hasn’t received the link please drop us an email and we will forward it to you.

As usual please sign up on the Doodle so we know who we are waiting for. Here is the link to the Doodle.

Also it is now that time of year when we are looking for new members for the Committee for next year so that we can continue to run the club as well as we possibly can. If you are interested, or want to find out more, please drop us a line. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member of the club, how long you’ve been in Switzerland or how long you’ve been playing netball for. The more people we have, the more fun activities we will be able to deliver to members.

In the meantime, please stay healthy, wear a mask and keep to social distancing rules, as Committee members Jess and Claudia are demonstrating superbly in this picture!

New place, New time, New venue!

Apart from everything else, Covid-19 left Zurich Netball Club homeless. Not having a home was okay during the summer months with the nice weather and the light evenings but it wasn’t going to be a solution forever.

The Committee have worked very hard over the past few months, trying to get a suitable venue so that our club can continue to play and raise the profile of netball in Switzerland. It was looking likely that we weren’t going to find anywhere to play this winter but at the final whistle, we managed to find a new permanent home.

This means that from next week we will be training for the first time in our new home. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to find a venue on the same time and day as our previous home. We realise this might not be convenient for everyone in the short- and long-term but faced with this and no netball at all (**faints**) we had to take the only option we had.

As of 27th October, we will be:

At: Schule Kolbenacker Oben in Zürich Seebach (Sperletweg 71, 8052, Zürich)

On: Tuesdays

From: 20.00 until 21.30

See our How To Find Us page for more details of how to get there! And please remember: NO OUTDOOR SHOES to be worn in the hall.

As there is still a risk presented by the Covd-19 situation, please:

  1. Sign up on our Doodle to let us know you are coming or update it if you are no longer able to attend
  2. Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell (for your and your team mate’s safety)
  3. Wear masks in the entrance hall and in the changing rooms as per the current guidelines

We also have a super exciting suprise for all members who have paid their subscription this year. So make sure you are there!

We are very much looking forward to our ‘hall warming’ and hope as many of you as possible are able to attend. It’ll be lovely to see (half) your faces again!

And here are a few photos of the sessions we ran over the summer to get you back in the mood for netball!

Restarting Netball

Since March, Zurich Netball Club have been keeping their minds sharp during lockdown with a monthly virtual quiz. Questions on art, science, sport, movie and even celebrity deaths (!) have been posed to our members, who have been more than happy to show off their brains. Congratulations to the winners of our lockdown quizzes: Julie, Lakshmi, Claudia and Lorna!

A busy night at the Zoom-ikon Arms Pub Quiz

Now our brains are finely tuned, it is time to get back on the netball court… almost! Summer fitness sessions will begin next Wednesday 15th July at 7pm until 8pm outside at Sihlhölzli (Manessestrasse 1, 8003 Zürich) until 26th August to help lose those lockdown kilos before proper training begins in again in September.

If you haven’t already signed up yet, add your name to the Doodle by clicking here so we know to expect you!

Due to the current circumstances, we will be adhering to social distancing rules and the recommendations of Swiss Netball and Swiss Olympic. The main rules that we ask everyone to stick to are below:

1. Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19

2. We will need to take attendance for each session

3. Everyone washes/disinfects their hands at the beginning/end of training

4. Everyone maintains physical distancing throughout the training (2m / 10m2 per person)

5. There will be a defined responsible person to ensure the above rules are followed

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of the committee and we get back to you as soon as possible.

The Committee are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in real life on Wednesday!