Ribble Valley Netball Club’s presentation night was attended by more than 300 players, parents and officials as the club looked back over another successful year.
Held in the Accrington Town Hall ballroom, the evening’s awards were presented by Manchester Thunder’s Kerry Almond, thanks to the generosity of outgoing club secretary Sophie Cartwright who had “won” Kerry in an auction of promises for breast cancer and arranged for her to attend the evening.
However, having been swamped for both photos and autographs at the club’s recent tournament, this time Kerry lost out in popularity to the photo booth as the members once again queued up for their turn inside it.
It was a showcase for another strong year of development for the club’s players with members having represented Lancashire, been selected for the Manchester Thunder or Leeds Rhino’s academies and the Thunder NPL squad as well as many tournament and league wins across the squads from young to old.
Each squad saw members performances over the season being recognised by their coaching team and their team mates with awards presented for Coaches’ Player, Players’ Player and an Overall Achiever. All players also received a medal to recognise their season’s efforts.
The Janet Rawcliffe Award for contribution over the year from a parent went, not to one, but two parents this year, with Janet and Nick Kay being recognised for their continuing efforts.
Unfortunately, this was one of the rare occasions where they weren’t present at a netball event and so their award was accepted on their behalf by their daughter Niamh, fresh from collecting her own Overall Achiever Award for the seniors’ squad.
Volunteer of the Year was Sonya Parnell, and the Farmhouse Fayre Cup was awarded to Hannah Wilkinson. There was also a Special Recognition Award presented to Hollie Ticehurst, whose reaction at winning was possibly the highlight of the night for those who saw it.
After the awards and obligatory raffle, the night ended with music and more photos and was another great night for the members and one that showed that the club remains at the forefront of Lancashire netball.