Saturday, 4th February
Netball v Brambletye
1st VII Lost 19 - 26
In today's match the girls played well, but not up to their usual standard. A few passes went astray when a simple pass was all that was required. A few shots that normally would have found their mark were missed and our marking was not quite as tight as it can be. Brambletye capitalised on these errors and that made all the difference.
Having said that it was good to see Lexi diving out of the circle when required and making some lovely passes in to Sonia. Sonia was frequently double marked and outwitted both opponents. Jemima made some superb dodges for the centre pass in the second half of the match, leaving her opponent standing. Lily, always free and making fantastic interceptions with her incredible timing. Felicity made an art form out of being available for a square pass. Georgie made many interceptions and then made her pass count and Maria began to stick closely to her goal shooter. Many positive things were accomplished.
'Man' of the match Lily PMc
2nd VII Lost 8 - 25
This match was a struggle for our girls, however their spirits throughout were never dampened. They played strongly throughout the entire game and showed the same determination and effort as they have in previous matches.
Brambletye had strong players marking Ashdown, many taller and faster than us. This urged the girls to rely in strategic tactics and not purely on their physical abilities. Nanaho was brilliantly tricking opponents into thinking she was going one direction and then doing something completely different. She was dodging her opponent at every opportunity to keep the ball with her team.
Emma also played amazingly, always fighting for a chance to have the ball and shooting with precision to gain goals for our team. Ksenia used her height to her advantage and stretched to her limit to make it difficult for Brambletye to shoot goals.
Although we lost, the girls learned how to turn a difficult situation into something positive, using it to their advantage. After the game they showed amazing sportsmanship, praising the opposition on their skills and calling out key players that they thought played especially well. I am proud of how the girls played and their attitude after the game.
Star players were definitely Emma and Nanaho! T-RR
3rd VII Drew 8 - 8
The 3rd VII were disappointed to miss out on a victory this afternoon as they led 8-6 until the final two minutes but a draw is perhaps a fairer reflection of the performance.
Ashdown had two main areas of strength. Marianna's excellent shooting was a real asset and, although her dodging was a little half hearted at times, when in possession of the ball, she converted every opportunity. In defence, Annabel and Zene were unstoppable, seizing rebounds and intercepting passes with ease.
To improve, the 3rd VII must try to mark their opponents more closely. They must also be more bold when competing for the ball. VM
U11 Lost 3 - 12
The score in this match was not a reflection of how the girls played. It makes it seem as though it was fairly one sided, however this was not the case. We had plenty of opportunities to shoot but just couldn't quite get the ball in the net. The Brambletye team were also quick to respond to rebounded balls which meant opportunities were quickly lost.
The Ashdown team worked well together and their main strengths showed when, as a team, they passed the ball in a direct route towards their goal. The girls should now ensure when passing the ball they take the time to see that their team members are ready to receive the ball so that possession is not lost.
It was a good game to watch and one that strengths could be seen as well as areas for development. LP
U10/9 Lost 2 - 6, Lost 4 - 8
v U10 Brambletye
This was a low scoring match, with both teams struggling to score due to the excellent defence. By the first quarter the Ashdown girls were down 0-4, however they quickly adjusted to the talented defence during the second quarter, bringing the score to 2-4. Tracy and Felicity worked well together in their goal defence positions to only allow the Brambletye girls to score two more goals during the remainder of the match. The girls marked beautifully, and played together as a team to come back for the first quarter! ‘Girls of the match’ today are Mary and Felicity.
v U9 Brambletye
This was a fantastic match against the U9 Brambletye team in which the Ashdown girls worked together and quickly adjusted to the height of their opponents. The first quarter saw a 3-0 Brambletye lead, however the girls managed to bring the score to 5-3 during the second quarter, with their quick passing, combined with excellent rebounding from Felicity. During the remainder quarters the girls continued to play well till the final whistle. Giada played beautifully scoring all four goals, and using good foot work to move quickly around the court. Isabella and Kitty, also played well and made some great intercepts!
All the girls should be so proud of their efforts! Giada was named 'Girl of the match’. TP