Umpiring Awards -Update

July 2024


To update the item from March 2024, the club is pleased to announce that Issabella Hilz and Phoebe James have passed the Into Officiating Award.bringing to total number for the year to five in additition to the three C awards.


We have also had successes with the coaches. Emma Holloway and Issabella Hilz have completed the Level 1 coaching award.



League resume for 2023/24

March 2024


The league season this year has been rather more challenging that the previous season. However, the Senior Regional squad have maintained their status in the East Region Division 2. After an indifferent first half with only two wins out of eight, the team found form after Christmas with a further four wins. This was against a backdrop of a division in which a lot of the matches were very close and 25% being decided by a margin of 4 goals or less, this meaning that the losing side gained an extra bonus point. The final placings were only decided in the final few weeks with league positions changing constantly.


In the Youth League, our squad were 7th and won only two matches but that still places Eastwood as one of the top 8 clubs in the region for the third consecutive year.


The local Basildon League had 6 Eastwood teams in it this year and Eastwood 3 continued their successful run from last season when they won promotion for the second successive year as runners-up in Division 2. All the other teams maintained their divisional status except Eastwood 2 who were relegated from the Premier Division.


Umpiring Awards

March 2024


Over the past 12 months the club has continued to develop its young players as umpires. We are also pleased to have helped some not quite so young individuals to gain these awards.


The past 12 months have seen passes at the C award level for Scarlett Treadwell and Laura McCormick and at the Into Officiating level passes for Megan Geeves, Sydnee Baczkowski and Lois Saunders-Cook.


Congratulations to all five of you.


Eastwood young players still making their mark.

February 2024


Our young athletes continue to attract attention in the various Performance Pathways. At Under 18 level both Lois Saunders-Cook and Scarlett Treadwell were selected by the Surrey Storm Super League franchise for their Player Development Pathway programme. Lois has represented Storm in two competitions so far and both of them have featured in the club’s Senior Regional League team this season. Also at under 18 level, Elise Bryant was selected for the similar programme of Saracens Mavericks .


At under 15 level Holly Bowdler has been selected for the London Pulse long squad of 20 athletes for the School Games event in August 2024


A number of our other up and coming junior players have been selected. Lyla Bosanko and Phoebe James are in London Pulse under 14 hub and Lilia Bull is in the same franchise’s under 12 hub. In the Academies run by the counties, Megan Geeves and Neve Heathcote are in the under 15 level; Lacey Fleetwood is at under 13 and Vivian Yorston under 12.


All these players show that there is still a lot of talent coming through.


Eastwood qualify for Regional Youth League Division 1

June 2023


Eastwood Under 16 Youth Squad for 2023/247


Eastwood's under 16 squad for the season 2023/24 qualified for Division 1 of the East Region Youth League commencing in September 2023. On a long hot day in St Neots they played 10 matches to get into the top half play off. They then had a further 3 matches and won through as the best placed 3rd position team. They will go through to meet 7 other teams from across the region in standard league play with the top two teams going on to represent the East at the National Finals.  



Basildon League successes

March 2023


Our teams continued with their winning runs in the Basildon Winter League which has just finished. Eastwood 2 won Division 1 and so are promoted to the Premier Division next season and in Division 4, Eastwood 3 also won securing the tiltle on the last match of the season in a winner takes all contest against long time rivals Supremes.

These are the happy winners after that game.



In the other Divisions Eastwood 6 were runners up in Division 7 and Eastwood Purple and Eastwood 5 maintained their Divisional status. Eastwood 4 were in the same division as Eastwood 3 and came 3rd and played their final game as they leave for university and college in September. That final game resulted in a win as the smiling faces show.




Umpiring Continued



Four of our young umpires, Holly, Jenna, Emily and Amber wearing their East Essex teeshirts. We also have two more Into Officiating paases in Scarlett Treadwell and Laura McCormick.


Developing Young Umpires - Update - see August 2022


Since that August item we are very please to report that Amber Danniels, Emily Fessey-Cook, Jenna Logie and Poppy Wiliams have all passed their C award and Sophie Baxter, Lexie Leo and Seren Davy their Into Officiating Award.  



Young Athletes make Pathway success

October 2022


Once again young Eastwood players have been successful at trials at various levels of the National Pathway. Emily Fessey-Cook, Holly Geeves and Harriet Lawrence have been selected for the Mavericks under 17 squad; Darcy Dellow and Lois Saunders-Cook are in the Mavericks under 15 squad and Megan Geeves is in Pulse under 15. Those selected for the Mavericks Hub are Sophie Baxter, Lilly Conti and Darci Jones with Amber Daniells in the Pulse Hub. We are also pleased to see Elise Bryant and Scarlett Treadwell in the County Academy and Milly Webb is the year 7 Satellite.    Well done everybody.


Developing Young Umpires

August 2022


Over the past 2 years the club has also been concentrating on developing some of the players as umpires and we are now seeing the successes comeing through. In the past six months several members have achieved Officiating awards. Holly Geeves has passed her C award and Jenna Logie, Amber-Rae Daniells, Emily Fessey-Cook, Georgia Logie and Poppy Wiliams have all achieved their Into Officiating Award. They will now go on to prepare for their C award assessment. 


Additional Update


Since posting the above item Jenna Logie and Poppy Williams have both passed their C umpiring award 



Youth League Success

April 2022

Eastwood's under 16 squad, pictured below, have won the East Region Youth League Division 2. The Youth League consists of 6 matches played against other clubs from throughout the Region over the course of the season. Whilst two matches were close, the other four showcased their skills and tactical awareness as they blew away their opponents. In three games they scored more than double the opposition score and so denied them a bonus point.



Junior League successes continue

May 2022


The club's teams continue to make their mark in Junior Competition. In the Chelmsford Junior League this winter the year 7 Merlins won Division 2, winning every game and reaching the semi-finals of the Knock out Cup. The Year 6 Hawks, Year 10/11 Eagles and Ospreys were all runners up in their respective divisions and all four will be promoted next season.





Eastwood Players continue to shine in the Pathway

October 2021


The Eastwood youth players have continued to make the grade with a number gaining placed in the County based academies and the franchises pathway. Starting with our youngest players Ruby Bixby and Ezrah Harrold have been taken into the East Essex year 7 academy and Darci Jones and Megan Geeves have been accepted into the year 8 version . At under 15 level, Harriet Lawrence is in the county Academy with Holly Geeves, Jenna Logie and her sister Georgia, in the Pulse Super League franchise hubs.  We are also very pleased to be able report that Lilly Conti, Emily Fessey-Cook, Saffron Gomez, Olivia Mainhood and Evie West have all won placed in the Mavericks Futures Hub in Basildon.   


Finally Grace Hinman who was in the Eastwood Regional Squad before going to university, has won a place in the Manchester Thunder Super League under 21 Squad.


Congratulations to all these players and we all hope to hear more of your continued success.


Pathway update

November 2021


Since the above was published there have been two further success with Emily CHaston and Harriet Lawrence being selected of the Mavericks Under 15 long squad.


Well done to them also.




Eastwood 6 win Cup competition

September 2021


Eastwood 6 got off to winning ways in the opening event of  the Basildon Adult League season. These begin with four cup competitions across the divisions and team 6, who are new to the league and placed in Division 6, took on teams from Divisions 5 - 7 in a rally format tournament for the Marshall Shield. Playing against 8 other teams, they finished top of their pool and then went head to head in the final against the winners of the other pool, Southend Sapphires Black from Division 5. A close fought match followed with it being level at full time and play continuing until a Golden Goal was scored. The young Eastwood team held their nerve and scored the winning goal to start their celebrations. The picture is of the happy team with their coach, Graham Hinman, after the win.




New Level 2 coaches

August 2021


With the end of Covid restrictions, Grace and Graham Hinman were able to complete the final stages of their Level 2 qualification which had been delayed since March 2020. They are now both fully qualified and can lead sessions on their own. It adds further strength to our coaching team and hopefully as things unwind more courses will be available to our other members to get these qualifications.


Well done to Grace and Graham.   




More Successes with Franchise Placements

October 2020


Further to the announcement below we are pleased to announce that Esme Robb and Poppy McMillan have been offered places in Saracens Mavericks under 17 squad. 


In addition Saffron Gomes has been selected for the Saracens Mavericks Hub squad based in Basildon.



Latest Successes  with Franchise Placements

September 2020


We are very please to be able to announce that several Eastwood players have won places with London Pulse squads.


Grace Rothwell has been selected for the Pulse Under 19 squad and the following have been selected for the Pulse Hub squads


Emily Fessey-Cook

Lexie Hurley

Georgia Logie

Jenna Logie




We wish the girls every success with London Pulse.




Jackie hangs up her trainers

July 2019


























Jackie Causton, (pictured above centre in both pictures) played her last game for Eastwood at the end of this summer league before retiring. Jackie has played continuously for the club apart from two family intervals for the past 29 years.


She started playing when she was 12 and during that time has played a large part in many of the Eastwood successes. As an under 16 she led her team to the finals of the England Netball Under 16 club competition where they finished joint 5th. Later she captained the Regional squad and led them in numerous campaigns and achieved success by leading the squad to promotion to Division 1 of that league. She also played for East Essex and East Region when there were county and regional teams.


In the many years she has played there were many cup and league successes but one of the highlights was as captain of the second team when Eastwood won all three Knock Out cup competitions on the same night when the Cup finals were played simultaneously.


In more recent times Jackie stepped down from higher level competition and concentrated on playing in Eastwood 3 who play in Division 1 of the Basildon League and her final game was a victory which took that team to the top of the summer league in Pool B.


The pictures show Jackie with her team mates from her lastTeam 3 game plus, in the top picture, other team mates plus Philippa, her coach for many years, and Gill, her mother and most ardent supporter. We all wish her a happy retirement from playing and she has our good wishes for the future.



End of Summer Season round up

July 2019


The club has had another successful summer league season in the Basildon league with four of the five teams entered collecting trophies. Eastwood Yellow were runners up in Pool A losing only one game and Eastwoosd 3 and 6 were winners of Pool B and E respectively. Eastwood 4 came runners up in Pool D.


Well done to everybody.




Eastwood Under 15's squad qualify for Regional Youth League

June 2019


The club's under 15 squad competed in the entry competition for the new East Region Youth League against 20 other clubs on a hot day at Stanborough School in Hertfordshire. Despite losing their first game, the squad went on to be unbeaten for the rest of the day and will compete next year in the Under 16 Division 1 of this new league. It will be played once a month and various venues around the region and the top two teams will then go on to represent the Region at the Under 16 National Clubs finals in April/May. Unfortunately our under 13's were less successful and did not qualify.


This is a picture of the under 15 squad at the end with their coach Lucy Davidson












 Eastwood Academy succes




Eastwood double success in the Basildon Cup competitions

Sept 2018


Eastwood 4 cup winners

Eastwood 4 after their cup victory



Eastwood 4 produced a stunning display of controlled netball to win the Marshall Shield competition in the Basildon league season opening event. Previously this competition was a knock out cup format but this has been changed recently to a single evening rally. It is played for by the teams in Divisions 5 - 7 and with Eastwood 4 having been promoted into division 6 for this season they were up against some higher ranked teams. With skilled play all down the court and good shooting from the circle players, the team won all their pool games and then won the final against Flames Red 7 - 3.



Eastwood 6 after their victory - Another happy group


The following day Eastwood 6 produced a similar performance to win the Scannell Cup for teams in Divisions 8 - 11. A very tight defence, who only conceded 5 goals in all their pool games, was the platform for the attack to overwhelm their opposition with fast attacking moves and good shooting. Like the previous evening the team won all their pool games and then won the final easily.


A very good start to the season for Eastwood.



Falcons and Harriers in Cup success  

April 2018



Eastwood Falcons after their win


Eastwood's year 9 Falcons won the Junior League cup against determined opposition from Saffron Hawks. Having gone into an early lead, the closeness of the game was such that the lead changed hands several times. The Falcons were 3 goals down going into the last quarter but their greater discipline brought the scores back level and then went one goal up in the last minute to win. This success came a week after teh Year 8 Harriers won the plate competition on Goal Average from Flames. Well done to both teams and to their coaches Lucy and Rianna.



Eastwood players contribute to schools successes

January 2018


A significant number of Eastwood athletes helped their schools to Regional success in the England Netball East Region Championships held on 27th January in Hertfordshire. In the Under 19 section SEEVIC were champions with Jessica Doyle, Maddison Dyer, Grace Gunn and Georgia Sasse in their team.


Southend High were also crowned Champions in the under 16 section with a team comprising almost all Eastwood players Eleanor Butt, Grace Hinman Holly Lawrence Alicia Lindsay India Perry and Hannah Phipps. Both these squads will now compete in the National finals in March at the same venue Stanborough School.


Mention also ought to be made of the Southend High under 14 squad which had 4 Eastwood players Sara Anwar, Naimh Blake Maisie Robins and Eleanor Webb. They made it through the pool stages but we beaten in the semi finals.




Eastwood are East Essex under 16 champions for 2017.

November 2017



On a very cold November Sunday the Eastwood Under 16 squad went undefeated all day to become East Essex County Champions in the County Round of the England Netball National Clubs competition. They will now progress to the Regional Finals in April where they will meet the winners and runners up of the other 6 counties that make up the East region. The photograph shows them after the presentation showing off the cup and their medals and looking suitably pleased but wrapped up against the biting wind.





Eastwood 5 at the Basildon Presentation

September 2017







Eastwood 5 collecting their trophies as runners up in Division 8 last winter, winners of summer league Pool H and being runners up in the Scannell Cup competition.






Year 8's do well at Colchester

July 2017





































The Eastwood Year 8 Falcons competed in the Colchester Rally and achieved a very creditable 3rd place out of 12 entries. The picture shows the group with their coach Lucy.



Cup Final 

March 2017


The Hawks were unable to complete their amazing run of successes in the Junior League Cup final as they were beaten 37-19 by a strong squad from Saffron Hawks but it should not detract from their successes in beating Flames Hurricanes and Conquerors Vikings in the preliminary rounds. Both of those sides are higher placed in the league than the Hawks so those in themselves can be considered to be an upset.





Eastwood Year 7 Falcons

June 2016




The Eastwood year 7 Falcons, a new team this year and coached by Lucy Davidson, were runners up in their division in Junior league and are seen here having collected their trophies from Lindsey Keable, England and Mavericks Defender and former Eastwood player.



Sewa Adedoja selected for England Netball National Academy

March 2016


Eastwood are delighted to be able to announce that Sewa Adedoja has been selected by England Netball as one of the 32 long squad members of the National Academy. The National Academy consists of those athletes from whom the final squad of under 17's and under 19's will be chosen to represent England in the 2017 European Championships. Sewa is currently a member of the Eastwood Eagles in Junior league but also is part of the squad playing in East Regional League Division 1.


We wish her every success for the future in this academy.  




Successes at Regional screening

May 2015


The junior players of Eastwood continue to impress the selectors at regional Level with 6 being taken into the Regional Academy either being selected or reselected . They are Sewa Adedoja, Rachel Belcher, Poppy Douglas, Jessica Doyle, Lucy Perkins and Georgia Sasse; one more Eastwood player has yet to be seen due to injury. In addition to their selection for the Academy, Sewa and Poppy have been gien a trial later in the year for next season's Mavericks Youth squad. Poppy and Lucy have also been selected to represent the East Regional Academy in the National Performance Foundation league, which is for under 17's, and this will take place in Sheffield in July. We wish them all every success.   


Eastwood under 16 achieve 12th place at National finals.

May 2015


Photo:Take That Photography



Eastwood's under 15 squad took part in the Under 16 National finals as Redbridge in May. Having been at the Under 14 finals last year they knew that this would be a much harder task. Despite that they won two of their pool matches on the Saturday to go into the third stage on the Sunday competing in the 7th /12th position group. Two injuries took their toll of the team and they just lost out in the 11th/12th place playoff. It was however valuable experience for next year when they will be able to compete again.





Eastwood Eagles win Year 9 Junior league

April 2015


Eastwood's year 9 team completed a league and cup double by winning the league with two matches still to play. With 10 of the 12 matches played they are undeafeated so at this stage they can not be caught by any of their rivals. Congratulations to all the players.  




Under 16's win through to National Finals

March 2015


Eastwood's under 16 squad have qualified for the National finals of England Netball Clubs competition for the second year running. Last year is was as under 14's but this year it is at the next age group up which makes it a great achievement as most of them are under 15. On a very windy and wet day in Bedford, the team defeated clubs from other counties in the East Region in the pool matches to go through to the play-off stages as pool winners.


A close match against Norfolk United was followed by a semi final against Grangers but victory here led to a final encounter with Turnford. Although they were beaten in the final, both teams go through to the National Finals in Redbridge at the beginning of May when they will be up against the two finalists of each of the other 8 regions in England.   


Eastwood Kites win Year 8 Plate

March 2015


Eastwood Kites won the Junior League Year 8 plate competition. This competition is for those teams who were knocked out of the cup in round one and the Kites were unlucky to be drawn against the League leaders Braintree in round one. However they made up for that disappointment by beating all the other teams in the tournament.



























Eastwood Eagles win Junior League cup final

Feb 2015


Eastwood year 9 squad won a tense final against rivals Conquerors in the year 9 section of the Junior league cup competition. Having eased throught the preliminary rounds and semi finals, the Eagles were pitched against Conquerors Pharoahs, one of the teams who defeated them in the County round of national clubs in December. The Eagles got off to a poor start and were trailing 2 - 8 at the end of the first quarter but some tactical changes to the team's line up started a recovery and level pegging. During a tense last quarter both teams traded goals but Eastwood managed to get their noses in front with seconds remaining and held on to win 17-16.



Eastwood Eagles cup winning squad







Eastwood finish 4th in the finals of the England under 14 National clubs competition.

May 2014



Eastwood's under 14's continued their successful year with a tremendous performance at the finals at the England Netball National clubs Under 14 Championships in Sheffield. Having qualified as runners up in the East Region they joined the winners and runners up from the other 8 regions. On the Saturday morning they were drawn in a pool against the winners from North East and South West. The first game was a convincing 31-9 win over Oaksway (North East) and this was followed by a much tougher match against Hucclecote (South West) which they ultimately won 21-17.


In the afternoon the pools are redrawn so that as winners from the morning they had to play a second and third placed team from another pool. The first match against West Brom was very one sided with Eastwood winning 22- 1. The second match was tougher but the win against Futureprint (East Mids) was still convincing at 22-14 and being unbeaten on the day meant that they had qualified for final day as one of the top six teams. The first match on Sunday was against Woodley (South) and the team responded magnificently to come back from 1-6 down at the end of the first quarter to win 15-14. The second match was against Ribble Valley (North West) and this they lost 11-19 but as Ribble Valley finished the weekend as National Champions it was no disgrace. That meant a play off for third place against MK Netters (South) and again there was a comeback from being 5 goals down to a draw at full time. However they went down 24 - 21 after extra time. To lose in extra time was disappointing but once the realisation had sunk in that they were still the fourth best in the country some very tired but very happy players returned home.


This post would not be complete without a special mention to their coach Sarah and to thank their parents who travelled and supported all weekend.






Eastwood Juniors in cup success

April 2014





The victorious  Eagles after their cup win over Tegate






And the Kestrels show they are very happy too.


Eastwood's impressive cup run continued at the cup finals at New Hall. First team to play was the year 8 Eagles who were matched against Tegate and came through with an impressive victory 19 -16. They were then followed in the year 10/11 age group final by the Kestrels who were drawn against old rivals Conquerors Apachees. The Kestrels went into an early lead 9 - 2 and although Apachees came back at them, the Kestrels held on to win 31-28. As well as the pictures above there will be others on the Gallery page.


Although the year 7 team did not make the finals of the cup, losing at the semi final stage they did win Division 2 so to make the semi finals of the cup was a great achievement.


Congratulations to all the players and their coaches. 


Eastwood under 14 squad qualify for the National finals

March 2014



On a warm day Eastwood under 14 squad qualified for the finals of the National clubs age banded competition in Sheffield in May. Having already won through the county round, they were pitched against the best club teams from the other counties in the East region. They won all their pool games and then through the quarter and semi final stages to the final which they lost by a single goal in extra time.  Well done to all the squad and to their coach Sarah.




Eastwood under 16 win Colchester Rally

June 2013


Eastwood's sucessful run continued with a win at the Kats rally in Colchester. They won all their games although there were close matches against Manor and Crosskeys. Well done to the team and their coaches Jadie Kent and Rianna Reid.



Eastwood's successful visit to play Netball Switzerland

June 2013


At the end of April Eastwood club went to play the Swiss National sides. We were one of the clubs recommended to Netball Suisse by England to take part in a weekend competition to aid their development programme. A total of 28 players and coaches travelled to Geneva and spent both days in competition. The Regional Open squad took the Swiss Open squad & Scottish Universities on both Saturday and Sunday and our under 16 and under 14 squads played Swiss talent groups on the Saturday and then on the Sunday the under 17 and under 15 national sides. In addition to providing them with outside competition, Netball Suisse were using the weekend as part of a development programme to assess new umpires and umpire tutors. Eastwood's teams were successful in winning all their matches but more importantly made a lot of friends in a developing part of the Netball world.  


Photo courtesy of Julianne di Nenna Netball Switzerland.







Megan Clark and Naomi Falk selected for England long squads


Hot on the heels of the FENA under 17 championships - see item below - the national selection process for 2013 was held at Loughborough at the end of March 2012. We are delighted to announce that Megan Clark was reselected but this time for the under 19 squad and that her club team mate Naomi Falk was selected for the under 17 squad. The long squads consist of 20/25 players who will be trained together over the next nine months and whittled down to a match squad of 12 for the European Championships to be held in March 2013



Megan Clark wins England Under 17 Caps





Megan Clark won her first England Cap in the FENA under championship held in Glasgow in March 2012. She came off the bench to gain her first cap in the 62 - 29 defeat of Wales but was troubled by a slight ankle strain and was substituted but made up for it the following day in the match against Northern Ireland. To quote from the England Match report


"The second quarter saw Megan Clark take the court at GD. Clark stamped her dominance on the game from the start and in combination with De Winton, the Irish centre court were forced to return the ball back to the line where prolonged pressure eventually led to the ball being returned to the English side."


Megan is a member of our first team as well as being part of our Regional League squad. We are very proud of her acheivement.





Goalden Globe success



John Pitts was awarded the Mary Bulloch Trophy as Administrator of the Year at the England Netball Goalden Globe awards in Leicester in September. This prestigious award is named in honour of the former editor of the England Netball magazine who undertook the role for 30 years. John was selected by the panel of judges for his work not only with Eastwood but also as Chair of East Essex, Regional Treasurer and organiser of the East Regional Round of the National School competition for the past 8 years.



John with the Goalden Globe and Mary Bulloch trophies