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Cambridgshire Umpires Officiate at Varsity Match

Over the past few seasons umpires from CCNA and CDNL have been officiating at the Cambridge University Netball (CUNC) games. These have generally been of a high standard and have presented some great development opportunities for those looking to progress along the AENA umpiring pathway.

The highlight of the season for CUNC was hosting Varsity on March 1st at the Cambridge University Sports Centre with the girls going head to head in 3 games against rivals Oxford University. All 3 games were officiated by umpires from Cambs County.

First off at 9.30am were the newly formed 3rds (Swallows) taking on the Emus. In spite of the early start this game was well officiated by Juliet Francis and Janette Sadler. This game saw the first win of the day, with Cambridge University running out 30-19 in a competitive 60 minute affair.

The 11.30am 2nd team fixture, Jays Vs Roos provided the highest scoring game of the day and was officiated by the County’s newest B Award Umpires, Kat Skivington and Adam Williams. Cambridge University once again won 54-20.

Cambridge’s total dominance of the day was confirmed with the 25-17 victory in the Blue’s game. The low score reflecting the tense nature of the match and the defensive dominance from both teams. This game was umpired by Catherine Blee and Lisa Ellis, with them needing to call upon all their experience to maintain discipline as it was even necessary to suspend an Oxford player in the final moments of the game.

Between games the crowd was treated to some entertainment from the University Dance Squad, in spite of the rumours we can confirm that this wasn’t Adam and Kat warming up.

All of the umpiring team were immensely proud to have been asked to participate in this prestigious day, in front of a 400 strong crowd. Not only did the Cambridge University squad achieve 3/3 on the day, the 1sts and 2nds also secured a double promotion this season and the entire umpiring team who have officiated this season look forward to some even more competitive games in the 2015/6 season.

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