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Women urged to come Back to Netball

Women’s Back to Netball sessions start again in Marlborough from September, with the option of two different sessions to attend.

Back to Netball is a fun session that is aimed at those people who used to play the game, perhaps at school, or who have never played the game before and would like to start.

Back to Netball sessions will be held at Marlborough Leisure Centre on Monday mornings from 11.15am to 12.15pm, and on Wednesday evenings between 8pm and 9pm, and cost £3 per session.

For more information contact Sophie Warner, Wiltshire Netball Development Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07540 126813.  

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Cricket: Marlborough back on track again with away victory at Devizes

Marlborough bounced back from last week's defeat against Burbage with victory away at Devizes.

After winning the toss and deciding to bowl Marlborough had Devizes in early trouble at 4-1 with Will Langton taking the vital wicket of Joe Wookey.  Opener Tom Grant hit 46 for the home side and Jon Bedrook 20, James Langan 19 and Tom Andrew 14 all got starts for Devizes but failed to push on as Marlborough spinner Mike Bush took charge with 6-24 as Devizes lower order crumbled to 122 all out with youngster Fraser Gordon 2-26, Alex Cox 1-31 and Langton 1-24 the other wicket takers for Marlborough.

In reply Marlborough skipper Tom Norris 22 helped to see off the new ball at the top of the order with Bob Homani 30,  Peter Day 38 not out and George Penfold 19 not out helping to see Marlborough comfortably home in the 37th over for the loss of 3 wickets with Ben McGowen 1-21, Tim Saye 1-36 and Kyle Pack 1-23 the wicket takers for the home side. Marlborough skipper Norris said "It was good to be back to winning ways and hopefully we can go on another winning run".

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Grants awarded to Marlborough's rising sports stars

Young tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossYoung tennis star George Wardley, hockey star Rachel Cox and swimmer Ella Duncan-Zaleski with Sports Forum chairman Andrew RossIn a week that Andy Murray won the nation's heart by winning the men's singles final at Wimbledon, Marlborough's Sports Forum has awarded a grant to up-and-coming tennis star George Wardley.

The 10 year old, who attends Ramsbury School, told the forum – made up of representatives from all of Marlborough's major sports clubs – that he trains four or five times a week, and was hoping to play in regional tournaments next season.

And the rising star, who already competes at county level, is already used to giving interviews, having appeared on BBC Radio Wiltshire just prior to, and following, Murray's Wimbledon win.

There were also grants for St John's schoolgirls Ella Duncan-Zaleski and Rachel Cox.

Swimmer Ella, from Marlborough, represents the county at backstroke, and may compete at regional level if she can shave a vital second off her time.

Hockey player Rachel plays in midfield or defence for the south west of England squad, and trains at the Junior Regional Performance Centre in Bristol. She is aiming for a place with with the national under 16s squad.

There was a second grant for another young hockey star, Will Seward, whose cheque was collected by his proud father, Peter.

Will was unable to attend the Sports Forum AGM, which was held at Marlborough Town Hall on Thursday (July 11) because he was representing the UK under 18s in a three-match tournament against Germany.

Since last year, Will has left Marlborough Hockey Club to play for the Bath Buccaneers, and his juggling his success on the hockey field with AS levels at St John's Academy.

This year's grants – which are awarded to help the town's young sports stars meet the costs of kit and equipment, travel, and other costs associated with performing at a regional or national level – were made possible thanks to a fundraising dinner held at Marlborough Town Hall last October, at which cricket star Mike Gatting was the guest speaker.

Town councillor Andrew Ross, who presented the awards to the young sporting stars, said the £6,000 raised by the event was 'truly remarkable', and a sum the forum hoped to repeat.

Grants of £500 were also awarded to a couple of the town's newest sports clubs: the netball club and boxing club.

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Cricket: Marlborough notch up 7th straight win with home victory over Winsley

Peter Day hit a brilliant unbeaten 107 as Marlborough recorded their 7th straight win in a hard fought 19 run victory against Winsley in the match kindly sponsored by Track Tractors ltd.

After being asked to bat by the visitors Marlborough thanks to Day's 107 not out reached 247-7 off their 50 overs with Bob Homani 28, James Richardson 24 and Tom Norris 24 also making useful contributions with the bat with Brendan Nasser 2-41 and Peter Orchard 2-19 the pick of the bowlers for Winsley.

In reply Charlie Holton 54, Stuart Hammond 44, Brendon Nasser 38 and Giles Williams 37 always made sure that Winsley were in contention for the victory chase but once again Marlborough stalwart Ben Head made a vital contribution taking 4-48 brilliantly supported by teenager Fraser Gordon making his first team debut 2-36 ensured that Winsley were bowled out for 228 in the 49th over.

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Zumba takes off in Marlborough with a new studio where you keep fit and have fun dancing

Zumba dancers try out the new Movida Studio on opening nightZumba dancers try out the new Movida Studio on opening nightPeople don’t have the opportunity to dance any more, except at weddings and occasional special events. That’s one reason why Zumba has become so successful – and why Marlborough’s first Zumba Movida Studio is being launched tonight (Friday).

The Latin-style dance fitness programme created by Colombian choreographer Albert “Beto” Perez is now practised by 14 million people round the globe, at more than 140,000 localities across more than 150 countries.

It took off in Marlborough almost three years ago with the arrival of Laurence Costantini – a woman otherwise known as Lau – who says she is one of the “wild bunch” born in the mountains of Corsica.

In fact she is a trained lawyer and 44-year-old mother of four children who left London with her Chilean husband seeking a town with good schools like St John’s and started Zumba classes in Marlborough that have grown and grown in size.

And they have so flourished that she had 120 people a week enjoying the rhythm of dancing and at the same time giving themselves an aerobic workout that costs just £6 a session, the initial class free to allcomers.

“I have always been a dancer, from jazz and jive to flamenco and salsa, I dance all my life,” she told Marlborough News Online. “A friend too me to a Zumba class in London five years ago when the craze started. And it works for everybody.

“You don’t stop to learn the dance. You are learning while you are doing it and enjoying the rhythm of getting fit at the same time.”

Movida creator Lau (left) with class member Lisa Farrell at the launchMovida creator Lau (left) with class member Lisa Farrell at the launchAnd Lau believes that the popularity of Zumba, even in a nation accused of being lazy when it comes to exercise, is because of the lack of chances to dance nowadays, especially for women aged 35 to 65.

“Nobody is dancing anymore,” she proclaimed. “It has become something rare. You dance at weddings and maybe once a year at a special event but there is no longer the opportunity to get on to a dance floor.

“That’s why TV programmes like Strictly Come Dancing are so popular and watched by millions. Zumba combines the pleasure of dancing with fitness and makes you feel you have done something good for yourself. And having fun.”

Her initial Zumba classes were daytime at Marlborough Football Club, starting with a handful of people, then following those with evening classes in St Peter’s School as more people joined in.

“People have been so warm and welcoming and showed such fantastic enthusiasm that I then had enough to keep the classes going. And lots of people who met in my classes have since become friends.”

So when the football club space became unavailable Lau found herself a site for a permanent Marlborough Movida Studio at the Foxfield Unit among the industrial buildings being refurbished in Elcot Park.

And they are being given a launch party tonight (Friday).

“Now I can comfortably accommodate 40 people in two classes a day, one morning, one evening six days a week and I have a Saturday morning session as well,” said Lau, who also teaches Zumba at East Grafton on Tuesdays.

Though it is mainly women who have joined, Lau includes men in her classes. “Three men are now coming very regularly with their wives and too love dancing,” she said. “And for them it is an important way to keep fit because men have less occasion than women to go to a studio in the daytime.”

She added: “I feel I am very lucky at what I am doing and being able to fit it in with looking after my children, who are aged 13, 11, eight and four.

“I am definitely surprised by the way Zumba has taken off in Marlborough, but then it has become a world trend now and it gives you a sense that you are part of something big – and also something that is part of the community.”

To contact Studio Movida go to and enter Marlborough.

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Hungerford Hurricanes are on the hunt for talented new rugby players

Ian Alexander kicks for Hungerford RFCIan Alexander kicks for Hungerford RFCBuoyed by a promising 2012/13 season, the Hungerford Hurricanes are on the hunt for new talent from the Marlborough area this summer.

The club wants to recruit more players to strengthen their squad before their 2013/14 campaign gets under way in September.

The Hurricanes were languishing at the bottom of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon premier league before Christmas, but seven straight wins after New Year saw them finish up a respectable fifth out of 11 teams.

Dave Smith, Hungerford's head coach, told Marlborough News Online: "What last season showed was that with a bit of belief we could be a decent side.  It instilled belief throughout the club, and it got us thinking:  'We don't want to be in this league forever.  We want to progress.'

"But to do that we need more players.  It's not rocket science -- by beefing up our juniors, colts and second team, we'll put healthy pressure on our first team players to perform at their very best.

"So, regardless of whether you've never played before or if you're a former British & Irish Lion, if you want to be a part of a family-based club with great banter and a passion for fun, flowing rugby, we'd love to see you."

Pre-season fitness training for the senior players starts at 7pm on June 11 at the Triangle field, Priory Road, Hungerford.

Touch rugby is being played from 7pm on Thursdays throughout the summer. Check the Hungerford RFC website for details.

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Cricket: Marlborough's unbeaten run founders at home to Burbage

Marlborough's eight-game winning streak came to an end with defeat against local rivals Burbage in the game sponsored by Chris's Barber Shop of Marlborough High Street.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat Marlborough were in early trouble at 25-4 but Peter Day 34 and George Penfold 28 steadied the ship for the home side.

At 119-8 the hosts were still in trouble but Ben Head 27 not out ensured that Marlborough reached 157-9 off their 50 overs with Burbage skipper Tom Wallbridge 3-26, Darren Freegard 3-27 and Akash Sharma 3-50 taking the wickets for the visitors.

In reply Burbage opener David Cope 44, overseas star Michael Papps 68 not out and Daniel Wootton 26 not out helped Burbage reach their victory target for the loss of just 2 wickets with Head 1-31 and Tom Davies 1-21 the wickets takers for Marlborough.

Speaking after the game Marlborough skipper Tom Norris said:  "We just didn't turn up and our top 4 got blown away.  It's disappointing but we have to move on and put another run together and I'm sure there will be lots of twists before the end of the season"

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Cricket: Marlborough's unbeaten run now extends to eight with emphatic away victory at Calne

It's now eight wins on the bounce for Marlborough after a 36 run victory away at Calne.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat Marlborough skipper Tom Norris 31 and overseas star Bob Homani 61 put the visitors in a position to build on.

But with the middle order dismissed cheaply the contributions of Mike Bush 21 and Ben Head 17 lower down the order were important as Marlborough reached 186 before being bowled out with Tom Knott 3-16 the leading bowler for the hosts with Thomas Richards 2-38 and Darren Holcombe 2-24 giving good support.

In reply for Calne Richards 26, George Sykes 20, Sean Adams 17 and Daniel Knight 17 all made starts but were unable to make the big score Calne needed as Homani 4-33, George Fox 3-37 and Harrison Painter 2-32 ensured that Calne were dismissed for 150 in the 47th over.  

Marlborough skipper Norris said " it was a below par performance but we won when playing badly".

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Cricket: Marlborough's unbeaten run continues with comprehensive victory over Nationwide

Nationwide with victory against the league strugglers. Put into bat by the visitors Nationwide's batsmen struggled against the Marlborough bowling attack spearheaded by George Fox who took 4-12.

Nationwide's Stuart Archer 44, Roger Thwaites 20 not out and John Reivers 12 were the only home batsmen to reach double figures as Fox ably supported by Ben Head 2-13 and Bob Homani 2-6 ensured that Nationwide were dismissed for 95 all out in the 38th over.

In reply despite losing opener Nick Crabbe early on Marlborough's Bradley James 43 not out anchored Marlborough's reply.

With support from Homani 19 and Peter Day 25 not out Marlborough reached their victory target in the 33rd over.

Victorious skipper Tom Norris said "The bowlers did a great job which put us in a commanding position,it was a fine performance from the boys which will give us confidence going into the Winsley game".

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Cricket: Marlborough extend excellent start to season with a steady victory over Trowbridge

Marlborough recorded their 5th straight win defeating Trowbridge at home in the match kindly sponsored by David Dudley Jewellers of Marlborough.

After being asked to bat by the hosts Zac Elkin 56, Alex Hart 48, Tom Oakley 27 and Mike Reynolds 25 put Trowbridge in a healthy position at 165-4.   However a lower order collapse saw Trowbridge bowled out for 182 thanks mainly to Marlborough bowling pair Ben Head 5-37 and Alex Cox 3-46.

In reply Marlborough were in the delicate situation at 92-5.  But George Penfold 30 not out and Harrison Painter 34 steadied the ship for the hosts as Marlborough reached their victory target in the 45th over with Macca Brown 3-27 and Oliver Weaver 2-37 the leading bowlers for Trowbridge.

Speaking after his sides victory Marlborough skipper Tom Norris said "Penfold steadied the ship and Painter produced a match winning innings but we didn't play well and were a little complacent, it's important we learn from this game and make sure we earn the right to win and don't get complacent again"

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Crricket: Marlborough's inpressive start continue at Bedwyn

Marlborough's impressive start to the season continued with a fourth straight win away at near neighbours Great Bedwyn.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Marlborough openers Tom Norris 44 and Nick Crabbe 58 shared an opening partnership of 83 to give the visitors a strong platform to build on.

Bob Homani 61 and Peter Day 27 built on this platform as Marlborough reached 235-6 off their 50 overs with Max Andrews 2-57. and Rich Bosson 1-43 the best of the Bedwyn bowlers.

In reply Bedwyn started brightly with an opening partnership of 85 mainly thanks to Bosson 47 and John Palmer 30, and Rob Palmer 16 ensured that Bedwyn were still in the game at 117-4.

Bedwyn then collapsed however losing the last 6 wickets for just 21 as they were bowled out for 138 in the 45th over with Harrison Painter 3-14, Mike Bush 3-6, Ben Head 2-36 and Alex Cox 1-28 taking the wickets for Marlborough.

Winning skipper Norris said "We had a solid start which Bob and Peter built on, Bedwyn made a postive start but Cox got the vital wicket of Bosson which turned the game in our favour, Painter and Head turned the screw and Bush cleaned up the tail"

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