Welcome to Luton Tornadoes

We are a large, friendly and welcoming Club. We offer regular training for a variety of ages and abilities across all age groups. We always welcome new players of all ages and abilities. We focus on developing our players from Junior right up to the most experienced Adults. We have players within our club that have been selected for the Regional and Satellite Teams. We are very proud to say we have had one of our players selected for the 2016 England Nets World Championship team!

As a club we participate year after year in the Luton, Dunstable and District Netball League. The fixtures are played on Sunday Mornings at 1 central venue in Luton. All Games are at either 10:00, 11:30 or 13:00. In the 2017/2018 season we had 2 teams in the Premier Division, 1 team in Division 1 and 3 teams in Division 2.

We offer the first training session free to both Adult and Junior new players to see if you feel comfortable with us. We train throughout the season at Luton Sixth Form College Indoor Sports Hall, Bradgers Hill Road, Luton. Please see Training Schedule below for full details.

Our Junior Teams train regularly to improve skills and take part in a regional Winter and Summer Leagues and we actively look for further tournaments around the region in which to enter them. We also hold an annual junior tournament with teams from around the South East region.

60% our players are under 18 and we are proud to say many of them have been with us since year 5 or 6 (Aged 10 years upwards). We have also had quite a few of our Adult players return to us once they have been away to University/Further Education or having children.

Junior Tournament – 8th June 2019

Junior Tournament – Saturday 8th June 2019
All school and club teams welcome – Under 11, Under 13 & Under 15’s!
BBQ & Refreshments will be available throughout the day
Email for more info: luton_tornadoes@outlook.com

High Wycombe Junior Tournament

Saturday 13th June 

The Year 7 and Year 8 teams took part in a day of demanding but thoroughly enjoyable netball in a high quality tournament.

The Year 7s were without their three regular shooters, but whoever was asked to step up and take on the responsibilities did so with no fuss and a great deal of commitment. An overall record of two wins and two draws from their eight matches doesn’t reflect the effort put in. However, everyone agreed that it had been a thoroughly worthwhile experience. Squad: Ellie, Gabby, Abi, Gi-Tung, Laura, Georgia and Evie and Amy, both Year 6.

The Year 8s played some wonderful netball at times but lacked that bit of consistency which prevented them from finishing higher than 5th out of 9 in their group. Just like last year the standard was very high indeed, so everyone was able to hold their heads up high. Squad: Jessica, Rose, Sophie M, Sophie H, Emma, Charley, Rhianna and Charlotte.

Special mention must go to the Bennetts for bringing a gazebo – thank you so much! For anyone out of the country last Saturday, it rained. A lot! Thanks also to Jo and Phyllis for umpiring all day, and Julie for looking after the Year 7s so well.

Report by Steve R
(who did his best at looking after the Year 8s)

Bedford League for Youth

Sunday 1st March 2015

This was the second session of the Bedford League. The first was to decide which divisions they would be in.

The year 5/6 team had 2 matches and won both 5:3 and 9:1.

The year 7 team had 1 match and won 13:0

The year 8 team had 1 game and won 16:4

The quality of play improved throughout the games. All girls played with intensity and were tenacious in retrieval of the ball.

They were awesome!!

We were unable to choose a player of any match as they all executed suggestions given at intervals and were playing with enjoyment and wonderfulness at all times.

So proud of them all!!

Julie K

Luton Junior League – Dallow Primary School

16th October 2014

Second week of the league and Torndoes show how wonderful  they are again. The weather was nicer! Thank you to the new teams that came from Bedford League.

Year 5/6

Tornadoes 9:2 Dunstable                                Tornadoes 5:1 Maulden

Year 7/8

Tornadoes  10:8 Cranfield                              Tornadoes 13:0 Dunstable.

Report by Julie

9th October 2014

The first matches for this league took place on Thursday 9th October. It was a drizzly night but this did not dampen the spirits of the young and enthusiastic players.

The year 5/6 girls were all highly versatile (as they have to be). The 3 teams were from Luton Tornadoes, Maulden and Dunstable Netball Clubs. All teams played each other once and the overall winners were Luton Tornadoes. Fabulous play from all girls and their skills improved throughout the matches.

Thank you to Team managers for bringing the girls to Luton to create such a friendly first week for the Luton League.

There were only 2 teams for the year 7/8 girls. Luton Tornadoes had only 7 girls this week and Dunstable had many more!

It was lovely to see the girls fighting for every ball and again their skills and confidence growing as the game progressed. Luton Tornadoes won the game but it has to be noted that Dunstable changed their squad every quarter as there were so many girls whereas Luton Tornadoes had a settled team.

Despite the drizzle it was a superb night of netball enjoyed by teams, coaches, parents and officials.

Many thanks go to Alison for organising it all and Sally Peters and Julie Kightley for umpiring all the matches.

Report by Julie

Stevenage U.13 Tournament

Sept. 28 2014

Our Year 8s made the short trip to Stevenage to take on local rivals Maulden, Hatfield and hosts Stevenage. A lacklustre start saw the girls go down to Maulden 4-9 in the first match, and matters became worse with injuries in each of the next two matches. However, they took this in their stride to record two comfortable wins. The format of the tournament meant playing everyone twice, so there was an opportunity to show Maulden what the real Tornadoes could do. And goodness, did they show them! A win by 15-3, together with two further wins gave Tornadoes a record of 5 wins and 1 loss, enabling them to pip Maulden on goal difference to claim the title, and some nice trophies too. Well done everyone.

Squad: Abi, Amelia (both Year 7), Rhianna, Sophie M, Sophie H, Rose, Charley and Emma. (picture below)

Report by Steve R

High Wycombe Year 7 Tournament

Sat 21 June 2014

On a beautiful summer’s day the Year 7 team played some great netball at times to match the weather. The standard of competition was for the most part very high indeed, and overall this did bring the best out of our girls. The schedule was quite intense, and there were times when the opposition highlighted areas that the coaches will need to focus on in training. Nothing that can’t be put right though!

It’s true to say that all the girls made progress during the day and were undoubtedly better players for the experience. They were a pleasure for us to look after and we must thank the support received from their  wonderful parents which helped to make it such a great day.

Squad: Gabby, Jazz, Rose, Emma, Charley, Sophie M, Rhianna and Freya

Overall record: Played 8, won 4, drew 1, lost 3

Final: MK Netters defeated Watford Premier

Report: Jo and Steve R

Bedford Junior League  2014

Bedford Junior League  2014

Ellie, Freya, Evie, Amy, Emily, Jasmine (photo taken 4th May 2014)

Sunday 30th March 2014

Sunday 30th March 2014

Yr 5/6 vs. Cranfield Pumas, won 7-3

With Tornadoes 4-0 up everything seemed to be going according to plan, with Niamh working hard and the girls creating lots of chances. But after a shaky third quarter Cranfield pulled back to 4-3. Fortunately at this point, when the game could have gone either way, Tornadoes pulled up their socks to score 3 unanswered goals and ultimately finished as comfortable winners.

Yr 5/6 vs. Maulden Ocelots, won 16-1

Although the result of this match was never in doubt, the girls did not sit back and they played with discipline and purpose throughout. Freya in particular worked tirelessly in attack and defence, showing great composure. Evie was a bundle of energy whilst Aoife made some telling interceptions.

Squad: Aoife, Allana, Niamh, Imani, Ellie, Evie & Freya

Player of the day: Freya

Yr 7/8 vs. Olney, lost 12-14

A very entertaing match which saw the lead exchanged on several occasions, with a strong Olney side just having enough experience to outlast a spirited Tornadoes side. Missing the regular GK and GD, Tornadoes showed their versatility by adjusting rapidly and held a 6-4 lead at half time. Sophie M. had a wonderful game at GD giving nothing less than 100%. Rhianna, whether she was asked to play GK or GA just got on with the job, showing a new found determination. Although Tornadoes were edged out in the last quarter, it was a game where we learnt a lot about the girls’ character.

Yr 7/8 vs. Lightning Youth, won 11-8

A physically tough and demanding game brought the very best out of Tornadoes. Sheer determination alone was not going to be enough to win this game. Composure, discipline and tremendous team spirit were all there in abundance as the girls gave everything. Yet again Sophie M. put in an assured performance, whilst Sophie H. played a very steady game at C, helping Tornadoes to a 6-2 half time lead. Charlotte played very well at GS on her return from injury, whilst Rhianna responded positively to again being asked to play both in attack and defence, helping the team respond to Lightning’s late challenge. A game in which all the players showed maturity beyond their years.

Rhianna (GK/GA), Sophie M (GD), Ose (WD/GK), Sophie H (WD/C), Charley (WA), Emma (C/WA/GA), Megan (GK/GS), Charlotte (GS)

Player of the day: Sophie M

Report by Steve R

Sunday 23rd March 2014 

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Results year 5/6                Tornadoes 7:2 Grangers Thunder             Tornadoes 10:11 Chiltern Sapphires.

The girls continued in their wonderful way! The first game was a relatively easy win with all playing well and sensibly. The second game was a nail biter as the score reflects. In both games Evie was her usual nippy little self, Ellie was steady and a guiding influence, Imani is now using her height advantage more sensibly and has a better range of movement, Jasmine was storming in each position she played, Freya steady and strong, Niamh fast and determined. They are an amazing squad and are improving week on week.

Well done girls. Tears of pride were shed by me!!

Player of the day: Niamh for her determination and speed in only her second game. XXX

Results year 7/8                     Tornadoes 8:10 Shefford Seekers             Tornadoes 16:5 Shefford Sonics

As the results show the first game was another close run thing. Despite grit and determination by every player on court we could not withstand the formidable attack as often as was needed. The second game was easier but the Shefford girls fought back valiantly. Rose was her usual rock on defence and played a beautiful WA, Emma was sharp and focused and had a lovely feed into the circle, Jasmine played an awesome GK and not much got past her and her pass on was accurateand sensible, Rhianna was always positioned correctly and drove onto the ball wonderfully, Ose was awesome in WD and marked her player out of the game, Lauren worked so hard and I have never seen her make as many interceptions as today, Megan was a steady controlling GS, Tionne was an ever present threat in defence, popping out of nowhere to intercept balls.  More pride tears! You are all fabulous.

Player of the day was( unbelievably difficult to choose) Ose due to her athleticism and determination.

Thank you to all parents for getting the girls there and being so supportive. You are NEARLY as wonderful as your children.

Rreport by Julie

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