Saturday, 13th January
Netball v Cottesmore
1st VII Won 27-7
The girls played well in this first game of the Lent Term. We played in position for the first and last quarters, winning these with ease 9-1 and 9-0. Consequently I moved everyone for the second and third quarters.
In the second quarter Emma and Irene were GS and GA respectively. They played superbly, both scoring and making fantastic short dodges. Nanaho, Georgie and Hannah played WA, C and WD. They passed they ball efficiently and linked the attack to the defence with ease. Maria and Felicity were GD and GK; they commanded the circle very well. We won that quarter 5-2.
In the third quarter Nanaho and Georgie were GS and GA. Both scored and learned to make the short drive over the quarter. Hannah, Maria and Felicity played WA, C and WD. Hannah and Maria were a little slow when it came to commanding the centre court but Felicity was omnipresent, always available for a square pass. Emma and Irene were GD and GK. Emma marked well but struggled with her lack of height, Irene was electric.
We still have much to work on but the initial signs are very positive! ‘Man’ of the match Felicity and Irene PMc
2nd VII Won 16-11
The 2nd netball team played a brilliant game against Cottesmore, coming away with a convincing win 16-11. Our shooters Zene and Mariana, and in the last quarter Nina, are to be congratulated for shooting with great accuracy and confidence. At the other end of the court were Patricia and Alice who did an incredible job of defending the very accurate Cottesmore shooters. A special mention has to be given to Alice who, when defending a girl significantly taller than her, was able to implement her skills to intercept many of their passes. In the centre of the court Adel and Nina shared the position of centre and were able to feed into the shooters brilliantly. Izzy, who rotated from WD to WA, was able do so effectively and even found her confidence in the fourth quarter to get some amazing intercepts. Unfortunately Elsa had a fall in the second quarter which left her out for the rest of the game with a sore knee. A big congratulations to all the girls, a great first match of the term! LB
Under 12 Lost 6-11
The U12 netball team had a challenging match this afternoon against Cottesmore. The girls were determined and aggressive, showing real progress throughout the match. We had excellent possession of the ball in the first quarter and were able to capitalize on two shots. Cottesmore came back fighting in the second quarter and widened their lead. The defenders worked very hard in the third and fourth quarters, coming up with some super interceptions. Ashdown's girls also improved their decision making in the second half and our shooters found their rhythm putting in 6 goals before the final whistle. There was some excellent teamwork on the court today and, even when we were struggling to connect, Ashdown never dropped their heads. Well done for all your hard work, girls! AG
Under 11 Won 16-15
Having suffered a heavy 9-21 defeat against Cottesmore in the final match of last term, we went into today's fixture only aiming to improve on the goal difference but in the end, we achieved much more.
We started strongly, scoring in quick succession and converting Cottesmore centre passes with ease, but over the remainder of the match it was a very even contest. In the defending circle we needed to work a little harder for the rebounds and we must remember our positioning at the backline pass. In the centre court we could have communicated a little more clearly to avoid having two players driving into the same space. Otherwise, we played very well throughout and luckily, we managed to maintain our composure in the final few minutes to seize the victory. Felicity was nominated 'girl of the game' for her neat passing around the circle and accurate shooting. VM
Under 10 Won 16-9
Both teams were very keen to get playing this afternoon. The game got off to a steady start with the score at half time at 8-6 to Ashdown. There were moments that Ashdown were strong but Cottesmore fought back to keep the Ashdown team on their toes. Both teams also had strong moments in the final half but the Ashdown team just had more opportunities to score. Mary and Florence worked as a super team and both scored some fantastic goals. Bea, Ana and Kitty were a super trio on the centre court, receiving and passing the ball smoothly. Tracy and Tabitha worked well in defence and made some great interceptions. Tabitha also made some excellent shots to add to the score when she played as goal shooter. For me, Kitty was a star player this afternoon, often being in a free space and ready to receive. She has made steady progress and it is beginning to show in matches too. Overall it was a great game, the teams were well matched and both really had to work for their goals. A great start to the season. LP
Under 9 Lost 4-8
Having only had two practice sessions this term the girls played fantasticaly well. The first half of the match their was some great movement in and around the circle from Isabella (one goal) and making her debut, Alisha Hampton-Paton. In the centre third there was also some encouraging play from Mimosa who really understood how to read the game and also scored two fantastic goals!.
After a productive half time team talk, the girls really improved their game. Having been down 0-5, we managed to pull this to 3-5. This was helped by some great play in defence by Stephanie and India. We also picked up in attack with Bailey doing some terrific dodging to become free. Belle also made some good interceptions. Lily was great in making herself free by creating spaces for her to recieve the ball.
After an exciting last quarter, the final score was 8-4 to Cottesmore. Girls, there is plenty to be getting on with, but today was a great starting point for the season.
Man of the match, Alisha Hampton-Paton for her fantastic shooting! AdeH