On the 18th October, JDX Consulting hosted its first charity Netball Game in aid of Help for Heroes, our selected charity for the calendar year.

It was a chilly Tuesday evening in North London but this was not enough to dampen the spirits as over 30 enthusiastic JDXers took to the court in an intense netball fuelled showdown. The first game scheduled was an intercompany mixed game which saw the JDX football/Netball team, who are travelling away to Malta this weekend, take on the rest of the company in a no holds bar exhibition game. The second game scheduled was the main event which saw the Men take on the Women to settle a long aged argument, just who is better?

With each game lasting 30 minutes, it gave everyone the opportunity for some decent court time. After a frantic and whistle-heavy first few minutes as the boys got to grips with the rules of the game, the end of the first period resulted in a 4-2 lead to the tour team. After a full change of personnel and tactical changes, the second period got under way with the Tour team showing their dominance and looking to justify why they deserved their golden tickets. They took a commanding lead pulling away to an 8-3 lead. Special mention goes to Samuel Chick for having the audacity and technique to score from just inside the arc, a shot that LeBron James would have proud of (excuse my ignorance of not knowing the name of any pro netballer).  As the final period commenced, it looked like a comeback may have been on the cards as the non-tour team pulled it back to 8-4 but this was short lived with the tourists finishing in style with a 12-4 win.

Whilst the result of the first game went as most people would have expected, the battle of the sexes was very much up for grabs. The girls with their netball experience were up against the testosterone fuelled boys in a game that both teams desperately wanted to win to secure bragging rights.

Despite Stan Deborggraeve’s impressive football style throw-ins (which are apparently against the rules) almost resulting in the ball going into orbit, the boys managed put in a strategic display to ensure they ended the first period level pegging at 3-3 apiece, all to play for. The boys started working well together in the second period with some fluid passing and wall-like defensive displays from Jeffrey Apiteu and Richard Thackray, matched with a world class counter attacking display which saw the second period ending 7-4 in the favour of the guys. During this period, Gabrielle Goundry displayed true JDX determination and toughness as she somehow managed to pick herself up off the floor after being sent flying to the deck, courtesy of the freight train-like Chris Edwards. Even with the sharp shooting of Daisy Raine, this was not enough to stop the men taking closer steps to victory. The final period saw the boys pull away to a comfortable win with the height, speed and skills of Craig Haydon and Chuka Obiechefu proving too much to handle. With this being said the girls didn’t give up and it all ended up with a respectable score of 14-7 - the boys winning the battle and settling the score once and for all.

It was great turnout and overall both the men and women could look back and be proud of their performances. Regardless of the final result, the most important takeaway is that on the night we raised over £150 pounds for our charity of the year which will go towards a great cause.