Netball V Cottesmore
1stV11 Won 19-14 (PMc)
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!
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)
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