By Carol Fearria
Chair of the Nottinghamshire Schools Netball Committee
The Nottinghamshire Schools’ Netball Committee were delighted to launch the presentation of a special award, The Gill Barradell Trophy, at the County Under-12 Netball Tournament, held on Wednesday 20th March at the Nottingham Emmanuel School.
The committee wanted to pay a special tribute to Broxtowe’s Gill Barradell who gave much of her life to netball and were delighted that her husband Mick Barradel, together with family, agreed to present the crystal glass trophy.
Eighteen secondary schools entered the competition and after the first rounds the West Bridgford School team were congratulated for scoring the most goals.
This is to be an annual award at the Under-12 County Tournament in memory of Gill Barradell who sadly passed away in September 2018.
Gill shall be remembered by many players, seniors and juniors, coaches and umpires, in the Nottinghamshire Netball League and as a representative of the county netball team for her outstanding performance as goal shooter from the age of 10 to 72 years old.
She was probably the best goal shooter never to have played for England. Her shooting statistics for most of her career were near to 90% in every game she played.
There cannot be many players across England who have played for over 40 years in national competitions.
Starting out as a member of Canley Ladies team, she spent the majority of her playing years at Boots Beeston (later renamed Gauntlettes) before finishing her netball career at Cliftonettes as a coach to junior players.
Gill was an inspiration to players of all ages and experience, passing on her love and passion for netball – volunteering as a coach of the junior players at Cliftonettes for over 25 years with many going onto play in county, regional and national competitions.
A great legacy for a great lady!