Before the sun rose in Zurich the alarms of the 10 Zurich Team netball players rang, it was time to head to Lausanne. We were maybe not quite mentally prepared yet for the 13 hour day ahead but the rush of are we going to make the train was well underway. With seconds to spare almost the whole team made it… thankfully we have some quick drivers amongst us.
Arriving in Lausanne we didn’t let the rainy conditions dampen the mood as we were preparing for 4 20 minute matches of netball against Nyon, GIN, Lausanne and Aubonne 2. With a quick change we ran into warm up for the first match up of the day against Nyon, we knew it being the first match of the day our nerves would come into play. But by the second half we only let Nyon sink 1 ball, what a defensive masterclass from the team, leading to a final score of 19-7.
We then faced our favourite rivals and changing room buddies GIN. End to end as always we finished with a close defeat of 12-15. For the third match we lined up against the tall defensive Lausanne team, another end to end battle finishing with another close defeat of 11-12. The muscles were definitely now sore but that did not stop us from playing the final game against Aubonne 2s right to the final whistle, the match finished 10-21 with Aubonne snatching the victory.
What a day of netball, we are so proud of the whole team and our 6 new players who joined the line up this year. We are also extremely proud to have our very own, Sarah Hannibal picking up the Players Player award of the tournament. Congratulations again Sarah on behalf of the whole club, and you are definitely our Players Player too!
We cannot wait for more netball action as we line up for the next League Match on the 30th April against AGNA in Geneva. If you’re looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball! For anyone looking to join the club drop us an email at email@example.com we would love to welcome you.
Our main highlight of the month was the opportunity we had to host all the Swiss Netball teams in the League for the 4th round of the season! We would like to thank all the volunteers and supporters who came out for a fun day of Netball and we look forward to hosting again next season.
In the league this month, we played for the second time against GIN. It was such a tight game keeping all our supporters and spectators on the edge of their seats. Congratulations to GIN for coming away with the victory 23-17, but don’t worry we are well up for a rematch 😉 Not only did we have the league matches but also we were able to organise a friendly game for any of the travelling teams as well as the Zurich Club members who wanted to play. After a full day of Netball madness the activities continued with a Match Tea full of treats baked by our very own Zurich Netball Club Members as well as social drinks organised in the evening in central Zurich. Thank you to all those involved and making this a memorable League Day.
In February Zurich Netball Club also collaborated with Stiftung IdéeSport an NGO promoting sport across Switzerland for children and young people. A group of coaches went along to show the group of munchkins what Netball is and to help spread awareness of the game in the region. Again thank you to our coaches for taking part and supporting this initiative.
Next month we have the long anticipated annual Peppermill Tournament where Zurich will once again be sending a team to compete in multiple matches against other Swiss teams. Supporters are more than welcome to come along on the 26th March at the International School of Lausanne!
If you’re looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball! For anyone looking to join the club drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to welcome you.
The start of the New Year brought many new faces and players to the club. Whether you are new to netball or played in the past it is never too late to get involved! Drop us an email at email@example.com to get in touch, we train every Tuesday at 19:00 Inter-Community School Zurich. Come join the fun!
On January 14th our league players headed down to Geneva once again to play for the first time against GGNA. After a strong start in the first quarter from Zurich, GGNA remained on our heels right until the end. The game finished with a Zurich win and the final score at 29-27! Thank you GGNA for the nail biting finish and we look forward to playing again later in the year. The next league match will be hosted in ZURICH, where we will be taking on GIN once again! Feel free to come down and support our league team or join in our friendly match (everyone is welcome). Center pass for the friendly is 11:30 and the league match 13:15 at Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland, Bühlstrasse 36, 8620 Wetzikon. We will also be planning a little social gathering post match in Zurich City, drop us a message on instagram or an email for more details – all clubs, players and supporters welcome.
In other news to kick start the New Year – Zurich Netball coaches designed a workout each week for those wanting to get back into training. You can still access them on our Instagram page. Be warned you will feel the burn for days afterwards! Thank you to volunteers for your demonstrations and to our coaches for the program. If you’re looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball!
We are always looking for new members to join the club and we cannot think of a better way to kick off the new year. Whether you want to play more competitively or to get your exercise in once a week and make some new friends. Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you all the details. We will be kicking off the year on January 10th and we would love to see some new faces! Trainings are every Tuesdays 19:00 at ICS International School Zurich.
As we began to wind down for the Christmas break our League Team travelled down to Geneva for the last league game of 2022 against Aubonne. The team played fabulously to win 43-22, congratulations and thank you to all our players, reserves and coaches. Our next match will be against GGNA on the 14th January back in Geneva once again!
SAVE THE DATE! On the 4th February Zurich will be hosting all the league matches on home turf. We would love to get as many supporters as possible, we will be posting more details on the event soon.
For our monthly social, Leah organised a lovely meet up at the Zurich Christmas Market. Where we had the choice of ‘Weisser oder Roter Glühwein’, also known as mulled red or white wine. Some may say, surprisingly, the most popular amongst our team was the mulled white wine! It was great to catch up with old and new faces of the club so keep your eyes peeled for our next social for more fun!
If your looking to keep up to date with all the news and events at Zurich Netball, give us a follow on our Instagram @zurichnetball!
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.
Can anyone believe that it’s already March? We are glad it’s here because March is going to be a super exciting month for everyone at Zurich Netball Club. There is so much planned for this month that you will have to forgive us for getting giddy with excitement.
We kicked off March at our first training session working on dynamic movements off the ball to help create space and options for passing followed by some intense competitive match play.
All fully-paid up members at the session also received a super cute ZNC badges at training. Only available to current members and returning members at training, make sure you come to training and pay your subs to get your hands on one. Not available in the shops!
Next week on 11th March we will be hosting a Bring A Bloke night. As the participation of men in netball is at an all time high, we are doing our bit to encourage the men of Zurich to get involved as well. Members are invited to bring the man in their life or a friend or colleague so they can discover for themselves why we are so crazy about netball. Absolutely no experience is necessary as full training and rule explanations will be given!
Member at training proudly showing their cute and exclusive Zurich Netball Badges
For the rest of the month we will being continuing our preparation for the Peppermill tournament which is organised by Swiss Netball and will take place in Geneva. We now have a confirmed squad for the tournament but members are still able to join via the Doodle to join the waiting list in case of injuries to members of the current squad.
Feeling the burn with core strength exercises at the end of training
Swiss Netball have confirmed they will not cancel the tournament because of coronavirus unless told to by the cantonal authorities in Geneva. We are keeping everything crossed that the tournament goes ahead. 2020 is the first time we have entered the tournament and we are keen to take part in it again.
Watch out later in the month for the long-awaited return of the Player Profiles. How well do you know your teammates? Find out more on the Player Profile section of the website later this month.
What a start to the year! Congratulations once again to the lads and ladies of Matterhorn, winners of Switzerland’s first ever netball league! There was some fantastic netball being played, and it was great to see such a great turn out, such enthusiasm, and some competitive spirit!
But, Zurich Netball keeps on going! Here’s a preview of what’s to come in the next few months…
Now- May 12th: Preparation for the Swiss Tournament in Lausanne on May 12th.
If you want to get involved, then contact us! (If you want to get involved, but can’t play on May 12th, or don’t want to come to the tournament, get in touch anyway; you’re more than welcome to join in the training sessions!)
May 5th: Zurich Netball Club has entered a team into the Sola Lauf in Zurich, so feel free to come along and support us on the day, or at the finish line at the Sola Dorfli!
May onwards: We’re collecting your feedback on the Lion’s League before we decide on the format of the next club competition, but watch this space for announcements and news! Whatever the outcome, it’s sure to include a lot of netball, fun and a beer or two as well if you fancy!
Thanks to Victor from Netball Sweden (yes, they play netball in Sweden too!), for sharing his excelling umpiring blog! Ever wondered about the three second rule? Want to know how to play the centre pass correctly? Want to check up on the latest rule changes?
Congratulations to Lorna and Mollie who have made it onto the Swiss squad travelling to Gibraltar to take on Wales, Gibraltar, Malta and more in the IFNA World Ranking tournament in June! Jo made it onto the reserves and will train with the squad. Well done also to Farzarna for trialling! The new senior Swiss team will be coached by Jennifer Fields (UK Superleague Netballer) and Victoria Knights (Swiss U17 coach), and will be captained by Andrea McKellar.
Visit the new Zurich Netball League page on our website to view information about Switzerland’s first netball league; including match schedules, team lists (to come before Christmas), results of each match and other general information about the league. You will be able to leave comments about the matches once the league gets going, and we’ll try to get a few action shots too! Watch this space!
Click here to go directly to the Zurich Netball League page.