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. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wednesday, 14th March

Brambletye U13 Netball Versatility Tournament
1st VII                Winners    

Squad: Maria Loginova, Felicity Harrison, Emma Kojima, Georgie Lindsay, Irene Alonso, Nanaho Miki, Hannah Rueggeberg, Chloe Hynes

Section Matches
v  Ardingly 7-2
v Cumnor House 4-1
v Cottesmore 7-2

v Great Walstead 8-1

v Brambletye 14-13
Quite my favourite tournament of the year; this really shows the standard of our senior netballers as all-round players of the game. Each girl played superbly in all areas of the court.
We were clear victors in each match leading to the final. In this match we were tested to our limits. At full time the score was 7-7, after extra time the score was 10-10. This then led into golden goal territory; a well fought length of almost two minutes with possession being won and lost in equal measures. We had more shots at goal and after what seemed like an eternity Emma slotted away the winning goal!
The 1st team definitely deserved to secure this tournament win after a season of very near misses! Girls, I am so proud of you!   PMc

Netball v Worth
2nd VII                Drew 10-10    
Today the girls played an equally matched Worth team. We started off well in the frst quarter with some good defence from Patricia and Alice and some good interceptions were made by Adel and Nina. By half time the score was 5-4 to Worth. At half time the girls were told that they were playing wth great potential but needed to tidy their game up and not givie the ball away due to inaccurate passing. 

After half time the girls really started to play well tightening the game to 7-6. Some great shots were made by Zene and Marriana and some good interceptons by Alejandra. With the last 20 seconds to go Ashdown were leading 10-9. Unfortuately a brilliant interception made by Worth enabled them to get the ball down to their goal third to equalise the game.
Girls you played really well today. You have improved so much over the season. Well done!  AdeH

Under 12/U11B            Won 24-13
Worth brought a number of reserves to this afternoon’s fixture which meant lots of substitutions and position changes.  Because of this, they found it difficult to develop the flow of their game and so each quarter was like a short tournament match.

The first quarter was tight with Worth defending well. We were only 5-4 up after ten minutes. 
In the second quarter, we dominated rather more with Carmen, Sarah and Issy linking passes very well.  Lucy’s shooting was on point and Alisa defended furiously.  Worth made it a little too easy for her to intercept in the centre third. Both Maudie and Delilah performed well. Accurate passes, secure footwork and confident marking from them both.  At half time, we led 12-7.
The third and fourth quarters were electric from both teams. Lots of interceptions, snatching and shots taken. We led 18-8 after the third quarter and 24-13 after the fourth.
Alisa was nominated girl of the game.  VM

Monday, 12 March 2018

U11 VII - Pelican Cup 

Position : 9th

Games played:
Brighton College Prep: lost 0-9
Brighton and Hove High School: lost 0-6
St. Christopher's: lost 0-9
Handcross Park: lost 1-6
St. Andrew' Prep: lost 1-5
Cottesmore: lost 0-4
Copthorne: lost 1-8
Great Walstead: lost 1-7

Squad Cristina, Eva, Amalia, Lucy, Felicity, Tara (captain), Clara, Ana.
It wasn't the finest day for a netball tournament, however the girls were in high spirits and excited for the day ahead. As you can see from the scores it was a really tough tournament with a very high standard of netball. The girls tried really hard but came up against some challenging play and weather! I hugely admire them for their determination throughout the whole day. It was cold and very wet but they put in everything they had right until the end. An unfortunate day for scoring but it was a great event which the girls enjoyed! LP

Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Wednesday, 7th March

SISNA U13 and U12 Netball Tournaments
1st VII           =5th in group      

Squad: Maria Loginova, Felicity Harrison, Irene Alonso, Georgie Lindsay, Nanaho Miki, Emma Kojima, Hannah Rueggeberg, Mariana Munoz- Rojas

v Brighton College Prep Lost 2-9
v Mayfield Won 12-4
v Ardingly Won 11-6
v Hurst Lost 3-10
v St Christopher’s Drew 7-7
v St.Andrew’s Won 13-5
Goals for 48 Goals against 41
This placed us third in our section. We were equal on points to St Christopher’s but we had a goal difference of plus 7 and they had a goal difference of minus 12.
The girls began rather slowly in their first match, as if they had just stepped off the bus. We had warmed up properly by the second match and were on fire for that one and the third match. We had a huge gap in play of almost an hour and were not ready for our fourth match. With a proper warm up we pulled out all the stops to draw with St Christopher’s and went straight into our sixth match beating St Andrew’s with relative ease.
Emma played the game of her life in the last match her short dodges were incredible. Maria was electric after landing on her face in the penultimate match; incredible determination.  Irene and Nanaho were fast off the mark and always managed to find space. Georgie tracked her opponent fantastically well and made terrific interceptions. Hannah and Mariana made their opponents lives incredibly difficult and therefore slowed down the attack.  Felicity shot with supreme accuracy and found space in the circle where no space seemed available.  A great day for Ashdown Girls sport!   PMc

U12                5th in group

Netball v Vinehall

U11A/B   v Vinehall U11A   Lost 5-16
A busy day of tournaments depleted our U11A team so we took the opportunity to field some of the U11B team to give them match experience at a higher level.
We lost the first quarter 0-4 having found it almost impossible to pass into and around our circle, with a strong Vinehall defence blocking Tara and Mary.  When Felicity moved into the goal shooter position in the second quarter, she made effective use of pass backs to Cristina and we scored twice but Vinehall maintained their lead, bringing the score to 2-8 at half time.  The third quarter was our strongest. Tara found ways to dodge around the powerful goal defence and Lucy sped off the line at the centre pass to free up Tara moving forward. We drew this quarter 1-1.  We started to struggle again in the final quarter as, having played tirelessly for 30 minutes, our defenders were exhausted, but Mary stepped up, working hard to snatch the ball and feed the circle as wing attack.
Amalia, Eva and Clara were absolutely crucial in limiting Vinehall’s scoring potential this afternoon; it was Eva’s match of the season and Clara was nominated girl of the game.  VM
U10 VII    Lost  8-18
Vinehall made a really strong start winning the first quarter 8:2. With a few changes to our team, putting Ana in defence, bringing Isabella to shoot and Florence in centre, the play was much better and Ashdown closed the gap by half-time to just 10:6. Kitty played well pushing the ball forwards into our attacking D. Lily was great at creating space to be in a good position to receive the ball. Vinehall continued to play well, finished the third quarter at 13:7 and winning the match 18:8 overall. There were moments when Ashdown looked really strong but Vinehall really made us fight for it. Ana, Bea, Isabella and Florence were a strong force in the attacking end but weren’t always lucky when defending. Tabitha and Alisha played well in defence, really marking very well against some great players.  Well done to Vinehall. LP

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Tuesday, 6th March

U13 IAPS Regional Netball
Squad: Maria Loginova, Felicity Harrison, Emma Kojima, Georgie Lindsay, Nanaho Miki, Irene Alonso, Hannah Rueggeberg, Mariana Munoz Rojas
Section Matches
v City of London Freemans lost 3-7
v Edgeborough won 8-5
v Hazelwood drew 7-7
v St.Christopher’s drew 5-5
v Vinehall won 6-5
With these results we came 2nd in our section and thus made the playoffs
Knock-out Round
v Danes Hill Lost 5-6
Sadly we were in possession of the ball and hopefully about to draw equal when the final whistle blew. This match could have gone either way!
The girls all played superbly well today, each one contributing to a super set of results.  I am so proud of their play and behaviour during this tournament. To have come equal ninth is a great achievement.  PMc

Monday, 05 March 2018

Monday, 5th March

U11 IAPS Regionals
Pool B 3= on points, 4th on goal difference
The U11 girls enjoyed a very successful morning at the IAPS Regional Netball Tournament. 
We were drawn in Pool B, a group of nine teams.  This was undoubtedly the toughest of the four pools and with only three teams progressing beyond the group stage, we could be certain that there would be fierce competition for places. 
The Ashdown girls performed very strongly all morning but some shock results complicated the points table making it hard to predict the overall outcome.  In the end, we came 3rd equal with City of London Freemen's but 4th on goal difference.  The girls were very disappointed to have come so close to progressing into the knock-out stages and it was no surprise that the top three teams in our group went on to do very well in the competition overall. They each came in the top six to qualify for the IAPS Nationals. Bad luck for us!
v Burgess Hill  Won 5-2
v City of London Freeman's Drew 3-3
v Cumnor House Won 3-1
v Ewell Castle Won 5-0
v Guildford High Lost 2-11
v Radnor House Won 7-1
v St Aubyn's Won 5-1
v St Hilary's Lost 4-7
St Hilary's were the clear winners of Pool B with eight victories.  In fact, at one point it seemed as if we might be able to hold them to a draw and, although we lost this match, it was certainly our strongest performance of the day.  Guildford played very slick netball against us, dominating throughout the ten minutes, but they lost to City of London which came as a real surprise.  In turn, City of London lost to St Aubyn's, a team which we did not struggle against. City of London made us work hard but the result could have gone either way.  
The U11 girls are a real delight and this tournament experience was very valuable.  Well done to each of them; Felicity, Giada, Tara, Cristina, Clara, Lucy, Amalia and Eva.    VM

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Saturday, 24th February

Netball v St Andrew's

1st VII Won 24-8 
We played three thirds against St Andrew’s 1st Team today. In the first third we played tight, efficient netball, winning the quarter 5-3. During the second quarter we stepped up a gear and began to show the opposition how well we could defend and intercept the ball. The difference in our play was marked. Nanaho moved to GK, Mariana to WA, Maria to GS and Emma to WA for this third which we took 8-1. In the final third Hannah moved to GK and we won the third 7-2. 

Having tested Nanaho and Hannah in the defending circle, we played in our original positions during the last session of the match against St Andrew’s U12 team. It took us a while to readjust to our positions and the different style of played from this new team. Having let in a couple of goals at the start, we pulled ourselves back to win the session 4-2.

A pleasing match on a bright but bitter winter’s day.  ‘Man’ of the match Felicity    PMc

Under 12 Lost 3-21 

Under 11 Won 24-17
I could not be more delighted with this afternoon’s performance. St Andrew’s are a strong side and they tested us in every minute of the match, but we played with intelligence and took great care over every decision.

In the first quarter the girls made a confident start to lead 7-4 after ten minutes. The only area for improvement was the centre pass as, with Clara running off the line as well as Tara and Giada, the court was crowded. In the second quarter, we changed positions in defence. This change didn’t prove quite as effective, but we managed to maintain our lead, with a score of 11-8 at half time. The third quarter was our strongest and Ashdown really dominated, pulling together all of the components that we have worked so hard on in recent weeks particularly movement in the circle, marking our opponents and passing ahead. With ten minutes to go, we led 20-13. We changed positions once again for the final quarter and drew to finish the match 24-17 up. There were a few learning points from today. For Felicity, the importance of passing closer to the post if Giada is being beaten to the rebounds. For Cristina, the need to pass low into the circle, rather than relying on overheads.

All of the girls played brilliantly. Amalia was commended by the St Andrew’s coach for being deceptively strong. Her interceptions were excellent and she made sure to follow up on these to regain possession for Ashdown. She completely blocked the St Andrew’s goal shooter out of the circle. Giada was nominated girl of the game and she played with maturity throughout. She scored 14 goals. Felicity scored 10 goals and she dodged brilliantly in the circle. This aspect of her game so much improved! Tara played without fault and her movement was excellent, as was her delivery into the circle. She is always so consistent. Lucy and Clara both marked tightly and they turned around the run of play a number of times. Cristina nipped around the court and continued to make strong drives forward. Eva worked hard to keep with her opponent and she made the best of her reach when defending against St Andrew’s shots.

We can feel confident going into Thursday’s tournament. Well done, girls!  VM

Cumnor House U10 Netball Tournament
Under 10 4th

v Cumnor House B - won 10-0
v Great Walstead - won 5-1
v Cumnor House A - won 5-0
v Brambletye - lost 0-4
v Holmewood House - lost 0-8

Squad: Ana, Bea, Florence, Isabella, Lily, Mimosa, Indya and Stephanie.

It was a freezing cold afternoon today, but the girls never let it show just how cold they were! They showed great determination and played really well throughout the tournament. Being a versatility tournament it was very new to the girls playing in every position. The positions changed every half of each match and the girls coped remarkably well. They had some tough teams to play against, but kept their heads high and tried their best. I was impressed at how they went so smoothly from one position to the next with very little hesitation. A fantastic afternoon and very well done to the girls coming in 3rd position overall.  LP

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Wednesday, 21st February

Netball v Bede's
1st VII            Lost 15-17            
We learned a lot in this match. Felicity had to cope with being blocked from the circle and she slowly began to get the better of her opponent. Emma had to dodge with greater efficiency as Felicity was regularly unavailable in the area. Mariana began to get off the line efficiently at the centre pass and was more readily available around the circle edge. Irene and Hannah learned to pass more effectively when they were obstructed by their player. Nanaho moved well to keep up with her tall GA. I was extremely proud of her for taking on the GD position with no fuss. Maria picked up every loose ball.

The score was 5-5 at quarter time, we won the second quarter 4-2, the third quarter was a draw and, heading into panic mode, we lost the final quarter 3-6.   ‘Man’ of the match Maria.   PMc

2nd VII           Won 16-7                 


Under 12        Won 17-13               
The U12 team have continued to show steady improvement throughout the season, putting in a great performance this afternoon to beat Bede's at home 17-13. The girls started off slow and steady, putting in the first goal and then trading points with Bede's throughout the first half. There were some super interceptions and we came off the line quickly, but unfortunately we gave the ball away with some silly decisions and poor passes at times. 

After a third quarter of nail-biting moments, we let Bede's back into the match, drawing 11-11 giving ourselves a challenge for the last quarter. In our final team talk, we focused on adjusting the way we were marking our players at the defensive end and taking an extra second to make a good decision with the ball. I was so impressed seeing the girls put our tactics into action in the final quarter, sinking some beautiful shots and showing real grit and determination, proving themselves as the better team in the end with a dominant 17-13 final score. Well done, girls! Keep working hard!   AG

EGNA Under 10 Netball Tournament -   Plate Winners 

Match 1 - v Holy Trinity
Won 6-0
This match was a strong start for the Ashdown girls. They played well, and together helped Tabitha and Florence to score 3 goals each.

Match 2 - v Holmewood House
Lost 0-5
After a strong start this was a really tough match for the girls. They put their all in, however just weren't quite strong enough against the fantastic Holmewood team.

Match 3 - v Brambletye
Lost 1-4
Another tough match but one that they all worked so hard. After two defeats they were feeling a little disheartened.

Match 4 - v Harlands
Drew 0-0
This match was a frustrating one for the girls. With some changes made to the original team, Ashdown had possession for most of the match, however struggled to score any goals.

Match 5 - v Brighton College
Drew 2-2
This game proved quite a crucial one for getting through to the next round. The teams were very well matched and the final score was a great reflection of the game. Indya played extremely well, marking the opposition perfectly and always getting into a space.

At the end of the group stage Ashdown were in fourth position so went through to play for the plate.

Plate semi-final - v Cumnor House
Won 2-1
An exciting semi-final with some excellent play from both teams. The score was 1-1 until the final few seconds when Ashdown pushed to score one more goal meaning we went through to the finals of the plate competition. Stephanie was a very determined player in this game, putting her all into the defence and making some great interceptions.

Plate Final - v Skippers Hill
Won 2-1
This match had myself and Mrs Mason feeling very nervous! Mimosa secured our second goal, and with the score at 2-1 and not long left on the clock, the Skippers' team had a lot of the possession. Fortunately for us Bea, Isabella and Ana worked really well in defence to keep the ball out of the defending circle before the final whistle blew.   LP

Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Wednesday, 7th February
Netball v Lingfield

1stVII   Lost 18-21
The first quarter was a well fought and very even contest. Both teams made mistakes and many shots were missed. It was 3-3 at quarter time. In the second quarter Lingfield upped their game and outplayed Ashdown at every turn. Emma could not get free and we were panicking each time we entered our attacking third. Lingfield easily took this quarter 0-7.

After the half time talk we moved Emma to WA, Maria to GS and Nanaho to GK. Maria played the game of her life, Emma was always free and Nanaho tried very hard to keep her GS under control. The result was a win in that quarter of 12-7.

We remained in these positions for the final quarter. Felicity and Maria worked the circle beautifully. Hannah made some superb interceptions and passed cleanly. Georgie was electric in defence, although calling from behind was an error. Irene made a few foot-work errors, which gave away possession, but she also made some superb tip-offs. We lost this quarter 3-4.   ‘Man’ of the match Maria and Georgie.     PMc

Netball v Dorset House
2nd VII    Won 15-8
The 2nd netball squad has continued to make steady progress this term and put forth another super performance this week against Dorset House. After the long drive to the school, the girls were keen to get going, but were a little bit slow to start. We had a difficult first quarter, throwing lots of interceptions and struggling to mark their players tightly, dropping behind 1-4 at the end of the first quarter. A positive team talk and refocusing on dodging and working as a team gave the girls the boost they needed and they never looked back, pulling ahead 7-4 going into the half and ending the match 15-8. There was incredible defence from several of our players; Zadie made some outstanding interceptions, Chloe tracked back with her player all the way down the court, and  Alisa and Tabitha shut out their players in the circle in the second half. Zene was also crucial in getting the ball up to Mariana and Chloe who both connected for some beautiful shots this afternoon. Another fantastic team performance, girls! Lots to be proud of this afternoon!  AG
Netball v St Ronan's 
U11 v St Ronan’s U11A    Won 5-3
U11 v St Ronan’s U11B    Won 6-1
We played two short matches against St Ronan’s, the first against their U11A team and the second against their U11B team.

I was delighted with our performance against the U11A team. We made few mistakes and our passing was much improved on last week. Marked by very tall opponents, Felicity and Giada adapted their style of play skilfully and their movement in the circle was excellent. Tara was very quick off the line at each centre pass and her linking passes were direct and powerful. Lucy made some super interceptions and both Amalia and Clara were strong in the defending circle, fighting for every rebound. In the first eight minutes, neither team could turn over the centre pass, but in the second quarter, we gathered some momentum and, by double marking Saint Ronan’s wing attack, Cristina twice intercepted the centre pass and we stretched our lead. Generally, we were disruptive in St Ronan’s attacking third which threw them a little off balance. Girl of the game: Giada. Three goals were scored by Felicity and two by Giada.
In the U11B match, we were rather too dominant and having gone 4-0 up by half time, Tara moved into the goal attack position (which will be our plan should Giada pick up an injury during a tournament), Eva moved to wing defence, Lucy to wing attack and Amalia back to goal keeper. Despite winning comfortably, in truth, we played pretty sloppy netball throughout this game; lazy in passing and dodging, too reliant of overhead lobs. Giada was again nominated girl of the game for her controlling influence. She scored two goals, Felicity scored two and Tara scored two.  VM
U10 VII   Won 3-0, Won 4-0
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