Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Netball V Copthorne and Cottesmore

1st V Copthorne Won 11-10 (PMc)

1st V Cottesmore Lost 9-10 (PMc)

1st Netball Match Report
Zadie shot like a dream today and Giada moved incredibly well around the attacking third. Their movement around the circle is improving, but still needs some work.
Tara was fast off the line and timed her dodges well. Amalia took up the circle bib and played extremely well. We just need to work on her feeding into the circle. Nina marked with total determination and picked up many lose balls.
Ariel had the game of her life. It is incredible how far she has come in such a short time. Captain Alisa led her team by example making the most of every opportunity.
A lovely set of matches on a beautiful day!
MVP Alisa

2nd V Copthorne Won 3-2 (KS)

2nd V Cottesmore Lost 3-14 (KS)

U11 V Copthorne - Lost 4 - 19 (JL) 

U11 V Cottesmore - Lost 6 - 7 (JL)

On the 13th of February Ashdown went against both Copthorne and Cottesmore, playing two 8 minute halves against both sides. They first went against Copthorne, they battled through the game hard with Mimosa and Florence working well together with trying to keep the ball up Ashdowns side. Unfortunately the girls lost against Copthorne 19-4. In the second game they versed Cottesmore, the game was a lot closer with the girls working better as team in both defence and attack.The final score ended up being 6-7, Cottesmore winning. Overall the girls worked well together as a team and also had fun playing both matches.

U10/9/8 V Copthorne B Drew 2-2 (LP)

U10/9/8 V Copthorne A Lost 1-5 (LP)

U10/9/9 V Cottesmore Drew 1-1 (LP)

The girls were quite excited about their first quadrangular this afternoon and had lots of questions about how it would work!

First, we played Copthorne B team. They made a strong start scoring two goals in the first half. We then made a few switches and came back to score two as well. The match was well played by both teams. India played superbly as goal keeper in this match, often intercepting the ball.

In the second match we played Cottesmore, with one goal in the first half for them and one goal in the second half for us. I thought Florence played superbly in this match, defending and attacking well, playing as center for the first time.

For the last match we played against Copthorne A team. Copthorne scored three goals in the first half. We started strong in the second half, scoring quite early on, however Copthorne reacted to this and came back slightly stronger to score two more goals. Daisy was fantastic in this match, really trying her hardest to defend and gain possession of the ball.

It was a really fun afternoon, loved by all. I thought the girls played really well as a team. They enjoyed the fast pace of the games and some even competition. LP

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

1st VII Netball vs St Ronan's
Lost 27-17

From the whistle, it was clear that St Ronan's were going to bring a high level of skill and athleticism to the court but in the first eight minutes, possession was shared equally and Ashdown remained within one goal of the home side. Daisy, Tara and Giada were solid in attack and Alisa made some excellent interceptions as goal defence. As Saint Ronan's settled into the game however, Giada and Zadie found themselves blocked out of the circle and in the final two minutes of the first quarter, panic ensued. Careless passing and rushed shots at goal allowed Saint Ronan's to take control. Punished for every error, Saint Ronans marked brilliantly, tracking every player with determination and distrupting the flow of play. Over the second quarter they stretched their lead from 7-4 to 14-7. At half time, the 1sts were disappointed to have slipped behind but the team talk focused on the importance of mindset; of working hard to reverse the run of play, limit the goal difference and achieve at least 50% of the opposition’s total. The girls responded positively and the second half was much improved. Ariel’s distribution was more accurate and Nina thought carefully about her positioning so to free up Daisy in the centre third. Tara, Daisy, Giada and Zadie communicated brilliantly around the circle and used their speed to counter the physical advantage of the goal keeper. The fourth quarter was Ashdown’s strongest with Amalia snatching for every rebound and bringing a little more experience to the goalkeeping role. Ashdown lost the second half only 13-10. Giada was nominated ‘girl of the game’ and Daisy was also outstanding. Well done to the whole team for approaching each quarter with total determination.

U10 Netball vs St. Ronan's
Lost 7:4

Today's matched started out well for the St. Ronan's side. They had strong players in attack and did well to get the ball straight into the shooting circle. At the end of the first quarter the score was 3:0 to St. Ronan's. At that point we knew we had to work really hard to bring the score closer. We spoke about spreading out and not throwing the ball blind into a big group of people as this is where we often lost possession.

During the second quarter St. Ronan's scored another three goals and we scored one. Things were looking slightly up but there was a lot more work to be done. The girls responded well to having scored a goal and in the third quarter they scored three more with St. Ronan's not scoring any. The girls gave it their all going into the final quarter but didn't quite manage to score. St. Ronan's scored one more bringing the final score to 7:4 to St. Ronan's. I thought the girls played well and had some great passes to get the ball into our attacking end, however, we need to work on marking and holding positions. The girls need to remember to stay in their area of play, rather than getting on top of each other all in one area.

A great game, and one we have lots to work on moving forward. For me, player of the team for Ashdown goes to Indya. She had some super interceptions and continually marked her opposing player. LP


Saturday, 02 February 2019

Netball V Brambletye

1st Lost 6-21 (PMc)

This young but talented team were out gunned today by the older and more experienced girls from Brambletye. That said they learned a huge amount over the course of the match.
Zadie was impressive during her quarter as GK, but truly came into her own in the three quarters as GS. Her movement around the circle and desire for the ball ensured that she outwitted her defender. She also picked up many loose balls. Giada, although slightly under the weather made the most of every opportunity and shot accurately.
Tara was fast off the line at the centre pass and began to vary her passes into the circle which was a delight to see. Daisy found space and marked her player superbly well, forcing her to make errors. Amalia managed to make several important interceptions and passed the ball with great accuracy. Nina made some incredible tip offs to alter the run of play and has learned to get her balance prior to passing.
Alisa, although tiny compared to her opponent, marked superbly well and intercepted many balls. She made her opponents life on court quite challenging. Ariel has improved exponentially in a very short time. She is really beginning to fulfil the promise that was obvious from day one, less than a month ago.
We had two good quarters and two quarters where Brambletye were on a roll.
MVP Zadie MA

2nds Lost 2-11 ((KS/JL)
3rds Lost 1-22 (KS/JL)
U11 Won 8-5 (VM)

This was a closely fought match which could have gone either way. We started well but Brambletye improved throughout.

In the first third, we had a lot of momentum moving forward. The passing between Bea, Flo and Mimosa was excellent and Elizabeth worked hard to make herself available around the circle. A lack of pace in defence left us exposed but we managed to maintain a lead and in the second third, our defending was much stronger. Alisha made some good interceptions and Isabella tracked her player with determination. Having swapped positions, Brambletye brought an extra level of challenge in the circle but Flo and Tabitha read the game well. Both teams crowded the centre court limiting options but we managed to maintain a lead heading into the final phase. The last third was rather less exciting with few goals and shared possession ping ponging back and forth.

Beatrice was nominated ‘girl of the game’ for another outstanding performance as goals defence but as a spectator, this game was definitely ‘The Flo Show’ with eight wonderful goals and superb control in the attacking third.

U10/9/8 Drew 4-4 (LP)

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

U10 Netball vs Skippers Hill
Won 4-3

Even though it was a freezing cold afternoon, the girls gave it their all and played really well. It has been a tricky start to the season, playing older age groups but this week the skippers team were a better match. I was really impressed with the girls efforts today, I think they played better than I have seen in a couple of weeks. My girl of the game goes to India B-B, who played her best game yet. She was often in a space and caught almost every ball that came her way, confidently turning to pass it on. As always, the girls were very positive at the end of the match, but today they had an extra spring in his step. LP

U11 Netball vs Skipper’s Hill
Lost 9-6

This was a close match between two fiesty U11 teams. Skipper’s Hill brought a huge amount of energy to their game. They were very springy and with every Ashdown passing error came an excellent interception. Ashdown led 3-2 after the first ten minutes but in the second third, Skipper’s really slowed down and took control of the game to lead 6-5. In the final ten minutes, Skipper’s dominated to extend their lead to 9-6. Although possession was shared equally, Florence and Tabitha were blocked out of the circle by some excellent defending having been drawn out of position. Generally, positioning is an area of the U11 game that still needs work.

Lily was nominated as girl of the game this afternoon. I was very impressed by her movement going forwards and by the power behind her passing.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Netball V Triangular V Ardingly and Bedes
1st V Ardingly Won 18-5 (PMc)
1st V Bedes Won 12-3
Bedes V Ardingly 8-3

Today the 1st team played against Ardingly and Bedes 2nd teams in a triangular. We were superb!!
The hard work that the girls have been putting in recently really showed. Zadie played GS for the first half of each match. She and Giada have begun to work together really well, they passed efficiently, went for the rebound and both were shooting accurately. Giada made many superb lunges and has begun to leave her back foot behind in order to be closer to the goal. Zadie also played GD and GK, both of which were impressive and Giada had one half at centre, she fed the circle well.
Tara played WA; was always in the right position to receive the ball and passed accurately into the circle. Daisy was electric at centre; attacking with purpose and defending superbly. She also had one half at goal attack, she also played well here. Nina played WD and made many interceptions and passed forwards accurately.
Alisa was very efficient at GD; she made her opponent work very hard to attempt to receive the ball and made many interceptions. She also had a half at GK, here she picked up every loose ball. Ariel played half of each match at GS and the other half at GK. Her improvements are astounding! She has certainly secured a position in the 1st squad.
Well done Girls!
MVP The team as a whole

Netball V Ardingly
2nd Won 4-3
3rd Won 10-3
Despite the bitterly cold conditions, both teams played with determination in this exciting match during which possession was shared more equally than the scoreline suggests.

Ashdown were strong moving forward with powerful overhead passes between Sadie, Bea, Mimosa and Flo limiting opportunities for interception. Mary and Flo communicated well in the shooting circle with Flo taking most of the opportunities to score. Sadie made some excellent interceptions against a strong goal attack but Ardingly’s difficulties really came in their own circle as they struggled to find a consistently accurate shooter. Nonetheless, this was a lovely fixture and it was great to see the progress that Elsa, Ines and Nao have made.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Netball V Holmewood House

1st Lost 8-18 (PMc)

The girls played a real mixture of netball this afternoon. Flashes of brilliance, flashes of total panic and every thing in between!

When on point the game flowed as each girl had considered her position on court, when to dodge and where the ball should go next. When panic set in the passes were ill-considered and sent almost directly to the opposition. We are a young team with plenty of talent and consequently much to aim for and learn. If they had played as they did in practice on Thursday they would have been nipping at Holmewood’s heels.
MVP Alisa and Amalia

2nd Lost 5-6 (KS/JL)

In the first quarter the strength of our defence was clearly shown with team work between the goal defender Eva and the goal keeper Tabitha. With this excellent defence Holmewood struggled to get the ball into the circle. However, during the second and third quarter Holmewood challenged Ashdown a bit more with their attack, but this did not stop Ashdown from fighting back. In the centre court, Lucy, as wing attack, was excellent at getting the ball down to Ashdown’s side and Delilah, as centre, ensured she was in the clear to receive the ball. In the final quarter, the score was very close. Ines as goal shooter and Ariel as goal attack excelled with their shooting skills bringing the final score to 6-7, Homewood winning. Overall it was close game and the girls worked very hard and co-operated well as a team.

U11 Lost 5-23 (VM)
We knew that this fixture would be a challenge. We encountered Holmewood U11As last year as tournament winners and last term when we suffered a 9-2 defeat.

Unfortunately, Bea went down with an ankle injury after the first quarter and as our strongest player, this left the other seven girls with a lot to do. Regardless of the overall score, there were some encouraging passages of play. As always, Mimosa and Flo linked their passes nicely down court. Isabella stepped in to take over the GD position and she had her strongest performance of the term so far. She really stepped up to make some superb interceptions and she tracked her opponent with determination. She was deservingly nominated as girl of the game.

The girls tried very hard in the bittter cold. They really preserved for the four quarters.

U10/9/8 Lost 0-16 (LP)

Today we had a tough match playing against an Under 10 team. Despite the big loss there were some shining moments from many of the girls. Daisy started as goal shooter and moved to goal defence where she came alive. She was great at defending and intercepted many balls. Florence read the game very well, always thought carefully about where she should be and caught many passes. Katia worked tirelessly as goal keeper and showed a lot of commitment to the game today.
Well done to all of the girls for keeping going in a tricky game with a strong opposition. LP

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Netball V Moira House

U11 V11 Won 12-4(VM)

U10/9/8 Lost 0-6 (LP)

With the rain coming down we decided to play in our indoor space this afternoon. We watched the Under 11 girls play first which was a fantastic match. We played a very strong Under 10 team from Moira House. Despite losing to them, I thought the girls played well, never giving up. Stephanie.M, Indya and Stephanie.D made a fantastic trio from defence to attack. In defence, India surprised herself with some lovely catches and Florence was always looking for space. In attack, Scarlet was quick off the line and received some great center passes and Katia kept the opposition on their toes with her marking. Daisy and Belle worked hard in the shooting circle and used the support of their team on the outside. Although it was a tricky match, the girls played well and most importantly they enjoyed themselves. LP

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Netball V Cottesmore

1stV11 Won 19-14 (PMc)

Won 19-14

The girls played well today! In the first quarter they won 8-4. Giada commanded our shooting circle and was extremely ably assisted by Amalia. Daisy and Tara fed beautifully into the circle. Alisa and Zadie began to have a good understanding in defence and Nina passed the ball well into attack.

We remained in these positions for the second quarter but this did not go as well, we lost the quarter 1-4.

In the third quarter I moved Daisy and Amalia. Daisy moved well around the circle and Amalia was deceptively difficult for the opposition to outwit. Zadie was superb in this quarter restricting her opponents’ movement around the circle. This was a good quarter, which we won 6-2 by ringing the changes well and looking forward.

Daisy and Zadie swapped positions for the last quarter. Both played really well in their new positions. This quarter was a draw 4-4.

It is difficult to determine who will end up in which position by the end of the season. We are extremely versatile and there will be many changes before we get the perfect mix!

MVP Giada

2ndV11 Lost 3-11 (LB)

In the 1st quarter the girls had a strong start resulting in 1-1, with Eva's amazing defence, she was able to prevent many goals. Throughout the game, the terrific team work between Lucy and Issy, enabled them to move the ball smoothly across the court. Mary, despite the height difference between her and her opponent in the circle, she excelled with her shooting. During the quarters Ines showed great persistence with feeding the ball into the goal circle. Throughout the game Tabitha as the goal keeper her height enabled her to get rebounds and defend the shooter consistently. Tracy's great enthusiasm during training has resulted in her working well within the centre third as Wing Defence. Although the score was 11-3 for Cottesmore, the girls played brilliantly and worked well together as a team.

U11 V11 Won 15-7(VM)

The U11 girls approached this afternoon's fixture cautiously optimistic having defeated Cottesmore 10-2 in early December.  The match was thrilling throughout and they were delighted to come away with another eight-goal victory. 
The first quarter was played with high energy but little control.  Ashdown led 4-2 after ten minutes but possession was shared equally.  Rushed and sloppy passing led to lots of interceptions by both teams.  In the second quarter, the U11 girls responded positively to advice.  They slowed down and took time to consider their passes.  Elizabeth made herself more available at the centre pass and Alisha maintained her distance in marking the goal shooter. 
By half time, we led 8-2. The third quarter was underwhelming but the fourth improved again.  Mimosa started to use strong overhead deliveries into the circle which enabled Flo to find good positions near the post.  
Bea was nominated 'girl of the game' for her excellent defending and overall dominance.  Flo was equally strong and her shooting was on point; twelve goals scored.  A super result with which to start the term. 

U10/9/8  Lost 3-9 (LP)

Under 10
Lost 9:3
During the first few training sessions in the run up to today’s match I have been really impressed with the commitment and effort from the girls. Those new to the game have made good progress and those who have lots of experience have given their all.
Cottesmore made a really strong start and won the first quarter 4-0. After talking to the girls about their efforts during training they went back onto the court with a bigger spring in their step to win the second quarter 2-0. Cottesmore fought back and Ashdown stepped up yet again with both teams scoring one goal. Cottesmore then had a really strong final quarter and scored 4 more goals leaving the final score at 9-3.
As a team, we have lots to practice but I was really impressed with the step up in performance from the girls. My pick for players of the match go to Scarlet and India for their new determination and eye for the game, and to Daisy for scoring all of the goals with the help of her team. LP

Saturday, 08 December 2018

Netball V Cottesmore

1st V11 Lost 8-16 (PMc)

Pouring rain and horribly slippery courts played their part in the match today. The girls were extremely tentative after each one had slid and fallen on the surface. We allowed Cottesmore to get the better of us in all disciplines. Zadie learned a great deal and made some super progress; Alisa was her usual solid self; Amalia moved quite well although no shot found its mark; Giada intercepted well but threw the ball away to the opposition; Issy worked hard but found her extremely fast player impossible to keep up with; Nina was unable to shake her defender and Tara was neat and tidy but without her usual flair.

We will put this down as an experience and come back fighting after the Christmas break

2nd V11 Lost 2-27 (LB)

U11 V11 Won 10-2(VM)

This was a thrilling game and the result brightened up a drizzly afternoon.  Having worked hard all term, it was most exciting to watch the U11s pull all of their skills together in an excellent display of netball.  It was their strongest performance so far and they deserved the victory.  
In the first third, they shared equal possession with Cottesmore.  Neither team could break into the circle and most of the action was confined to the centre third.  Both teams worked hard to intercept before rushing their passes.  Alisha and Bea were excellent but Cottesmore's defenders were too. The ball went back and forth until a superb delivery by Mimosa fed the ball to Flo and on to Tabitha, who executed her shot with precision.  Cottesmore started the second third with a strong response, equalising quickly. Then, something amazing happened.  The U11 girls moved up a gear and suddenly, the standard of their netball improved hugely.  The passing was powerful and well-placed.  They slowed everything down. They dodged skilfully and snatched for the ball.  Elizabeth started to make a real impact in attack with secure ball handling and good spacing.  Mimosa played like a 1st team netballer; so mature considering that she is really an U10.  This resulted in lots of opportunities and Tabitha, goal shooter, was absolutely on fire! Seven goals later, Ashdown entered the final third with a comfortable lead. 
The last ten minutes were equally strong but Cottesmore started to play defensively to limit chances moving forward.  Isabella made some fantastic tip-offs in her strongest passage of play yet. On the final whistle, 10-2 to Ashdown.
Bea was nominated as girl of the game.  She was exceptional but all of the girls played brilliantly! 

U10/9/8 Lost 4-5 (LP)

Today the girls played their most exciting match yet. I think they were inspired by watching the excellent performance of the under 11 team who played just before them! The match took the form of eight minute thirds, slightly shortened due to playing back-to-back in the barn so we were out of the rain.
I was very impressed by the performance of every girl who played today. They really stepped up which made the match very close. The score went up alternately by one point for each team, finishing with Cottesmore scoring in the last minute to take the win. It really could have gone either way!
Indya and Stephanie cracked their centre passes and worked hard to get the ball into the shooting circle with Florence who was always in a space ready to receive the ball. Florence made some super decisions and was very brave, continuing her play after a fall. Daisy scored some fantastic goals under pressure. Scarlet and Katia shared the position of wing defence, really getting involved with the game. Katia made an excellent interception to regain possession and Scarlet found spaces to receive the ball with so much more confidence than I've seen before. Stephanie and India worked as a super team in defence, both intercepting the ball and making some great passes.
The game was great to watch and has inspired us all for the rest of the netball season next term. Well done to both teams, a very well played match. 

Saturday, 01 December 2018

Netball V Christ’s Hospital

1stV11 Won 22-7 (PMc)

Having had a really good look at our girls in action on Wednesday, a few alterations were made for this match. Although Amalia is not yet a crack shot her movement around the circle and total determination seemed a wise choice she and Giada worked together beautifully and the goals began to come. Tara and Nina fed the circle quite well, although it takes time to build a good working relationship in this regard. The centre passes from Nina to Tara and Giada were slick and efficient. Daisy, who is till learning her trade made some lovely moves and made some good interceptions. Alisa was very solid in defence and linked our attacking moves well. Zadie became more confident as the match progressed marking her player well and fighting for the rebound.

By three quarter time we were up 18-5 so I moved all but Daisy to give each player new skills to work on. Zadie and Tara both popped a couple of goals away; Amalia and Nina worked the defending circle beautifully and Alisa and Giada learned to feed the circle.

A super match by all.

MVP Giada


2ndV11 Won 4-3 (LB)

3rd/U11 V11 Won 6-3 (VM)

This afternoon's match was a lesson in how to adapt tactics to counteract an opponent's strengths. As the U11s walked onto the court, they were absolutely dwarfed by the CH U12C team, especially the GA and GD. The first three quarters of the game were, in outcome, an even match with equal possession. The score progressed from 1-2 to 2-2 to 3-3. Ashdown were more skilled and controlled but too many overhead passes, especially into the circle, led to easy interceptions for CH. By the final quarter, however, the girls had managed to work out ways around the CH girls, including bounce passes and sharp dodging. Some excellent shooting by Florence stretched our lead in the final quarter to secure the victory and she was deservingly nominated as 'girl of the game'. Well done also to Alisha, who played her strongest game thus far. Her interceptions were excellent and she caught lots of rebounds. Beatrice was also awesome in defence. Despite the height difference, she made a huge impact against CH's goal attack. VM

Netball V Brambletye

8/9/10 Drew 2-2 (LP)

U10/9/8 Lost 1-2 (LP)

Today we played a full match against the Brambletye Under 9 A and B team, who played half the game each. It was a great game for our players who are new to netball, because it was a gentler game than those we have previously played. I saw lots of good play today, especially from India B-B and Stephanie. India got really stuck into the game and seized opportunities to get into a space, catching all of the balls she was passed. Stephanie had a go at playing as goal attack today and scored for the team. As previously noted we need to work on spacing, making sure we are in front of the opposing players, and catching the ball when intercepting. It was a lovely afternoon and the matches were enjoyed by all. LP

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Netball V Holmewood House

1st V11 Lost 6-22 (PMc)

In high winds and heavy drizzle the girls played a very mixed match today. There were flashes of brilliance closely followed by panic passes and loss of shape. From this practice match it is obvious that there is plenty to work on, but much talent to work with. Alisa and Giada played superbly but found it difficult to shake their defenders. Lucy shot well but struggled to outwit her defender. Tara, Nina and Issy found space well, but failed to make their passes count on occasions. Daisy and Zadie learned a great deal from their first outing at this level. Onwards and upwards girls!
MVP Alisa Yi

2nd V11 Lost 4-6 (LB)

Today the girls came across a very strong Holmwood House team in rather unpleasant conditions. Each girl gave 100% and should be very proud of their efforts. Delilah was our captain and also played centre for the entirety of the match. She fed into the D beautifully and also showed great skill in defence. Ines, Amalia and Mary shared the positions of goal attack and goal shooter. Whilst struggling at times to get the ball in the ring due to the weather, they were always ready to fight to regain possession. Amalia moved around the court playing in both attacking and defensive positions. She excelled in all areas of the court and showed her usual feisty attitude throughout the whole game. Eva and Tabitha were our dynamic duo in playing goal defence and goal keeper. During the first three quarters of the game the girls were efficient and only let five goals through. During the last quarter, as the weather worsened, our concentration deteriorated and a few errors were made by all of the girls which Holmwood took advantage of. Despite it being a pretty miserable day for netball, the girls showed confidence and displayed a positive attitude which they are to be commended for. Well done team and good luck for Saturday's match!

U11 V11 Lost 2-9 (VM)

Due to the heavy rain, we played a shortened match against this strong Holmewood side. The first quarter was promising. Possession was shared and although some of our shooting was rushed, strong defending by Alisha and Bea limited Holmewood’s opportunities. After five minutes, the score remained 0-0. Although we trailed 3-1 by half time, the second quarter was our strongest. We started to change direction in the centre court, Lily fed more accurate passes into the circle and our shooters, Tabitha and Flo started to communicate more effectively. In the third quarter, Holmewood brought on a substitute who dominated their attacking third and they started to run away with the game. Well done to all of the team. It’s early days but they are all becoming more confident. Flo and Tabitha scores one apiece and Bea was nominated as ‘girl of the game’.

U10/9/8 Lost 0-1 (LP)

Due to the rain, we played back-to-back matches in the barn with the Under 11 team playing first. As this was the set up, we only played 5 minute quarters, so it was a fast pace game. I thought the teams were very well matched which is reflected the the score. The ball was played equally in both halves with some great players in both attack and defence. I thought everyone in the Ashdown team gave of their best and I was really proud of them. There are, of course, areas we need to work on, which we discussed at the end of the match. I think we have a lot to look forward to in the coming season.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Netball V Skippers Hill
2nd V11 Lost 10-16 (LB)
Well done to all of the girls for playing some outstanding netball in their first match as a team this season. Skippers Hill proved to be the stronger team, but each girl gave 100% which they are to be commended on. After the first quarter we were leading 3-1. Alisa dominated in defence and Amalia had complete control of the centre third. Issy was able to block out the Skippers WA which made it difficult for them to move the ball down the court. As we moved into the second quarter Skippers Hill found their flow and quickly scored a few goals thanks to a very tall GA. After a some silly mistakes from our girls the score moved to 3-10 by the end of the second quarter. We changed some positions over the second half which helped us strengthen our play. Delilah proved to be a strong WA and was able to feed the ball effectively into Mary, Lucy and Issy in the final quarter. All the girls fought hard throughout the game whilst staying positive which is always nice to see. As the season goes on, the girls will continue to develop their skills and prove to be a strong and competitive senior team. I am very proud of all of the girls and look forward to an exciting season ahead. LB
U11 Netball Quadrangular 2nd Place
2nd Position Won 2 Lost 1
Squad: Flo M, Bea Y, Mimosa B, Bailey E, Lily B, Isabella D, Indya E, Stephanie D
Our fabulous mixed age team played their collective socks off today. Bailey was constantly finding space in the circle and has begun to shoot quite accurately. Flo won almost every ball and shot well. Lily and Indya defended beautifully. Stephanie dodged with purpose. Mimosa was super at linking attack and defence play. Isabella picked up every loose ball and passed accurately and Bea was incredible both in her defence and in getting the ball cleanly to the attacking players. Overall a superb afternoon’s netball.
The most obvious improvements required are not panicking to pass quickly after an interception and to use shoulder and above the head passes rather than chest passes. It is always a pleasure to take such lovely girls for matches!
V Bricklehurst Manor Won 6-0 (PMc)
V The Mead Won 4-2 (PMc)
V Skippers Hill Lost 1-5 (PMc)

Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Netball V Cottesmore

U10/9/8   Won 4-3   (LP)

It was quite a wet a windy day and as we stepped off the bus the rain began to pour.Luckily we were playing under a shelter so the girls soon got back into the netball spirit. Over the term we have had some big defeats in netball, however today was a much more evenly matched fixture. Both teams had some experienced players and some beginners. Ashdown made a strong start and worked together to score within the first few minutes. As the game went on the teams scored alternately, finishing at 4:3 to Ashdown. The focus this term has been hockey so the girls have played less netball. With only two days of training since half-term I couldn't have asked for any more from any of the team.They all played a huge part in the win. I would like to mention Stephanie and Florence. Stephanie, having arrived at the school just two days ago, gave her absolute best, made some brilliant interceptions and always looked for someone to pass to. Florence played the best I have ever seen her play. Her understanding of the game has really developed and I could see that she was thinking much more about where she would be most useful to the rest of the team. I am very proud of them all and looked forward to the season ahead. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Netball v Moira  House

1st V11    Drew 7-7  (PMc)

The first netball match of the season ended as a truly well-deserved draw. Each girl learned a huge amount from this incredibly equal match. As the game progressed, Ashdown began to take control. 

We lost the 1stquarter 2-4 due to some rather random passing and slightly lack-lustre defending from all but Alisa, who was superb. We drew the 2ndquarter 1-1 as we began to settle into our own style of play and learn to play senior netball. In the fourth quarter we won 1-0 and we did this with only 6 players for the majority of the quarter, Nina had to leave the court to have an enormous blister dressed. In the final quarter we were 3-1 up until the last few seconds of the game when a great shot was attempted and scored from the edge of the circle by the opposition.

Mary and Ines really began to achieve an understanding in our attacking circle; Nina, Delilah and Issy made good space in the centre court; Tabitha learned to make her goal shooters life tricky and Alisa was electric!

Most Valuable Player: Alisa

U11 V1     Won 11-4  (VM)

On this gloriously sunny afternoon, the U11 girls enjoyed a high energy game against Moira House.  We went into the fixture with two aims; first to cement our set pieces, particularly at the centre pass, and second, to rotate positions in the shooting circle.  
Although we dominated in all four quarters, some of the Moira House team were very feisty and we had to work hard to maintain control.  After the first quarter, we led 3-0 and it was 6-2 by half time.  All six of these goals were scored by Florence and so for the remainder of the match, she moved in defense to hone her marking and blocking skills against a strong GA.  We came back confidently after the break to lead 9-3 and finish 11-4 up, with Lily scoring one goal and Bea scoring four.   
Beatrice was nominated 'girl of the game' and she did command the court.  I was also mightily impressed by Mimosa. Her marking, dodging and distribution were all excellent and she has incredible stamina.  Lily also showed a strong sense of timing as wing attack.  
A fantastic start to the netball season, well done girls.   .

U10/9/8     Lost 1-14     (LP)

On a blissful, warm October afternoon, we took on a strong Moira House team. It was clear from early on that we were going to be in for a tough test and so it proved. However, despite a somewhat lopsided score, the girls were a credit to both themselves and the school. They fought tooth and nail for every ball and worked themselves to a near standstill. Bailey deserves particular praise for her work ethic and skill. On numerous occasions, she foiled opposition attacks by swooping, 'eagle-like', to intercept stray passes. Indya also typified our "never say die" attitude and fought like a particularly fastidious Trojan all game long. Finally, Stephanie deserves praise for both her distribution and defensive tenacity. You don't win them all and this afternoon was one of those occasions where the scoreboard said one thing, yet much progress was made. On an unseasonably warm day, the girls' glowing faces spoke volumes for how hard they worked.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Netball tournament vs Lancing

Although more of a festival than a tournament, the U11 girls had a wonderful time at Lancing College.  After an energetic group warm up, to the beats of S Club 7, the girls were in high spirits and ready to play.

We played five matches altogether; two against U12/13 sides and three against U11 sides.  The overall standard was high and with older girls for opposition, we used the games as an opportunity to rotate positions amongst the squad.  All of the girls worked hard to show off their skills but this tournament was quite an eye opener as to just how competitive U11 netball can be. 
Alisha’s marking in the circle led to some fantastic tip-offs and Bea dominated as goal defence. Indya made excellent use of the space and she created many opportunities in centre court. Elizabeth demonstrated neat ball skills and Lily’s marking in the goal third limited options for our opponents. Tabitha made huge progress over the afternoon, working cleverly to pass in the circle. Stephanie and Isabella were feisty and they made some accurate linking passes.  Flo and Mimosa were consistent and strong throughout. 
Overall, we lost four games and won one.  Bea and Mimosa each received a ‘girl of the game’ nomination from the neutral umpires and we all had a very lovely time in the sunshine. 
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