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Netball - 13. January 2009.

Top East Midlands Sports Teams Unite



To celebrate a flying start to both their seasons, two of the region’s top sporting teams got together this week to swap some training tips.  Players from Nottingham Rugby joined forces with top Co-operative Netball Suplerleague team, Loughborough Lightning to show their support for the girls ‘Bring a Bloke’ campaign, which seeks to encourage more men to come and watch their home games – every female with a full paid ticket can ‘Bring a Bloke’ to the game for free.


Both teams are on the back of successful weekends on the court and the pitch, with Lightning celebrating a double header win over Celtic Dragons and Northern Thunder, and Nottingham Rugby toasting a last minute victory over the Cornish Pirates.


Australian born number 8, Dan Montagu, who was responsible for the try that pushed Nottingham ahead of the Pirates in this weekend’s game, spent some time with Lightning head player-coach Olivia Murphy, learning the skills that keep Loughborough at the top of the Superleague table.  Dan said, “It is good to cross train sometimes and try different sports, it helps to keep you on your toes and any training is good for fitness.”


Nottingham teammate and fellow Aussie, Tim Usasz added, “I have played netball in the past and it is much faster paced than people often think.  The girls really put us through our paces with shooting, defence and interception training.  Our ball handling is pretty good obviously but there were quite a few new techniques we worked on that transcend to both sports.”


Olivia added, “The boys did really well and we were thrilled to host them at Loughborough Uni for the afternoon.  They have been really supportive of our Bring a Bloke campaign and have promised to come along to our next home game against current title holders Mavericks on 2nd February.  In return, we are going to go over to Notts and let them put through our paces on the rugby field.  Hopefully they will go a bit easier on us that we did on them!”


The next Nottingham Rugby home game is on Saturday 17th January against Blaydon in the fourth round of the National Trophy.  For tickets see www.nottinghamrugby.co.uk or call 0115 9070070. 

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