Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday, January 20th

Netball v Holmewood House

1st VII Drew 20-20 
Matches don’t get any closer than this!   First quarter 4-4, 2nd quarter 6-6, 3rd quarter 4-6, 4th quarter 6-4. Felicity and Emma had to work very hard to outwit their fast and physical opponents; Nanaho had to hone her dodging skills off the line at the centre pass; Irene learned to find space against a speedy opponent; Georgie and Maria had to ensure that they worked together to keep their opponents under control. The wing defence position was shared equally by Alice, Hannah, Patricia and Adel in that order. They all showed their strengths and weaknesses and learned a great deal from their quarter.

‘Man’ of the match Georgie and Maria    PMc

Under 12 Lost 13-23
The U12s played in a competitive match against Holmewood House on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon. The girls showed great improvement from their match on Wednesday and really worked hard. Alejandra and Alisa had a super partnership in the defensive circle and Sarah and Chloe capitalized on several opportunities in the attacking end to put away 13 goals. There is still plenty to work on but it has been brilliant seeing the girls make steady improvements in their play with each match.  AG

Under 11 Won 16-10 
In grim conditions, I was mightily impressed by the resolve shown by the U11 team. During the warm-up, Holmewood looked confident but a consistently strong performance in all thirds of the court helped us to secure a victory.

We started the game with a high level of industry and carried this into the second quarter when we stretched our lead from 5-3 to 13-5. Moving forward, we were strong as ever with superb deliveries from Cristina and Tara into the circle. In defence, Eva made some fantastic interceptions and her passes off the back line were considered and accurate. This was her strongest game thus far, along with Amalia whose marking, especially at the centre pass, was very disruptive.

In the third quarter, Tara moved into centre, Amalia to goal keeper, Lucy to wing attack and Cristina to wing defence. We continued to play neatly but we made far less impact in these these positions and Holmewood won this quarter. In the final quarter, the weather deteriorated and both teams struggled to keep hold of the ball. Lots of slipping and sliding through the final eight minutes.

I was delighted by our performance overall. Giada was nominated girl of the game for her total dominance and precise shooting. She and Felicity scored eight goals apiece.  VM

Under 10 Lost 2-18
It was a really tough game today in rather wet conditions too. Holmewood were a strong team and really kept the Ashdown girls on their toes. I was really pleased with the sporting spirit shown by all the girls this week. From early on in the game it was clear that we were not going to win, however the girls didn't give up and really pushed to try and prevent Holmewood from getting too many more goals. This was evident in the score in each quarter:  1st - 9-0 2nd - 4-0 3rd - 3-0 4th - 2-2

The Ashdown girls picked up their performance throughout the game and with a lot of determination they saw it through to the end. Going forward we need to work on using the whole court to spread the play out. The girls have a tendency to follow the ball and all group together which can make passing very difficult. Despite being a tough game a lot can be taken from it going forward. Well done for sticking at it!   LP

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday, 17th January

Netball v Brighton College

1st VII 
  Lost 16 – 23
We played neat and efficient netball from the start today and, with that approach and Brighton somewhat slow to start, we were in the lead 5-3 at quarter time.

In the second quarter Brighton was electric and we looked rather as though we were running through treacle. They outplayed us at every turn with speed and efficient dodging. Thus we lost the quarter 3–10.

Emma moved to GS as her movement around the circle would benefit us; Nanaho to WA for her speed off the line and Maria to WD to utilise her defending skills. This worked much better and we drew that quarter 5–5.

For the last quarter we moved Hannah to WD and Maria to GK in order to improve our play further in the defending circle and to use Hannah’s speed around the court. Although this worked well, Brighton again upped their play and won the quarter 5-3.

This match was a really good learning opportunity, highlighting each player’s strengths and weaknesses. These will be honed tomorrow! ‘Man’ of the match Emma.  PMc

U12   Lost  3-27
The U12s had a very challenging match against a strong Brighton College side. Although the girls were determined, they struggled to connect up the court and Brighton was able to maintain a significant proportion of possession. We did manage to score three beautiful goals and our defenders worked very hard throughout the match. A good try, Ashdown. Better luck next time!  AG

U11    Won 18-8
A convincing win for the U11 team and a valuable opportunity to rotate some of our reserves into the team. We controlled the game throughout but it took until the final quarter for us to surge ahead.

In the first quarter, we made a strong start to go 4-1 up. In the second quarter, Felicity moved into the wing attack position and Mary played as goal shooter. Both girls delivered and it was encouraging to see that we have some flexibility in the team. The third quarter was Brighton's strongest, but we responded in the final ten minutes with a superb performance. Amalia linked passes beautifully as wing attack and Lucy flourished as wing defence, making some crucial interceptions.

Our goals were shared three ways today with twelve scored by Giada, five scored by Felicity and one by Mary. Giada and Cristina were nominated girls of the game. This was entirely deserved as they were outstanding throughout the match with high energy levels, equally effective attack and defence and superb communication moving forward. Well done to the whole team.  VM

Netball v Moira House
U10     Won 10-1
It was a very cold but beautifully sunny afternoon in Eastbourne today. The girls spent plenty of time warming up and were keen to get playing. Ashdown made a really strong start, completing the first two quarters at 8-0. They were stronger on their passes and were free to recieve the ball, using the space well. At half time the girls all changed to new positions and with some changes and a lot of determination from Moira House it was an even third quarter with no goals scored. Ashdown scored a further two in the final quarter and Moira House scored one. Stand out performances for me today came from Kitty playing as wing defence and Tracy playing as goal keeper. All of the girls continue to progress but do need to neaten up their passing a little. Something to work on for the next match! The girls all showed a lot of grit on the court and enjoyed the afternoon. LP


U9   Lost 1-3
After a long coach drive the girls arrived at a sunny but windy Moira House. Throughout the first quarter some good movement was shown in the circle and a great first shot by Alisha. The girls continued to show good technique leading the first half 1-0.

After a short team talk, the girls were raring to go. Some great movement and interceptions in defence allowed us to get some shooting opportunities. Once again, the girls were showing great movement but were unfortunately let down by lack of communication and not coming towards the ball. This allowed Moira to score two quick goals. The girls stood it out but Moira continued to pick their game up and score one further goal.

It should be mentioned that the girls had to shoot into an Under 10 goal which is significantly higher than the goal they are used to.  Keep going girls. Victory will be ours very soon!  AdeH

Saturday, 13 January 2018

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

Saturday, 09 December 2017

Saturday, 9th December

Netball v Cottesmore

Under 12     Won 22-8

A super match was played today against Cottesmore.

Chloe and Sarah were superb in the shooting circle. Both shot well and really began to play as a unit. During the last quarter they switched positions and this worked equally well!  Alisa made superb interceptions and began to control her passing from these. Thus we had the lion’s share of possession. Carmen held her position beautifully and dodged at exactly the right moment. This meant that she was always free when needed. Nina and Issy dodged well and began to mark their players efficiently; this limited Cottesmore’s options and resulted in more possession for us. Hannah and Tabitha marked as if their lives depended on it, allowing very little to pass them. Hannah picked up all the loose balls and they both leapt to get the rebound balls.
A very positive match on all fronts.

‘Man’ of the match Sarah for super accuracy in shooting    PMc
Under 11          Lost 9-21   
Today's fixture against Cottesmore was the first time that this team have been tested and against such a strong side, our inexperience and weaknesses were exposed.

In the first few minutes, Cottesmore seized control of the game to go 3-0 up and without Cristina, our attacking options were limited, especially as Giada was being very tightly marked. However, although Cottesmore dominated, there were times in the first half when it looked as if we could edge back into the game, especially with such fierce defending by Clara, confident interceptions by Zadie and neat movement in the circle by Felicity.  After twenty minutes we were 10-5 down.

In the third quarter, disappointment got the better of us and our level of industry slowed. Too many Cottesmore players were left unmarked in the centre third and this allowed them to surge head. We improved in the final quarter by defending well at the centre pass and moving more freely around our circle but our passing lacked power and accuracy. Throughout the game, Cottesmore used half as many passes as us and therefore, they made fewer mistakes. Passing is the most important area for development with this team as so many of the girls are new to netball and so their ball handling is less confident that we might expect of U11A team players.

Clara was nominated 'girl of the game' and she was superb in defending against a slick opposition. She has incredible stamina and she gives 100% from start to finish. Today's goals were scored by Felicity and Giada; five and four, respectively. A very worthwhile experience for the girls today and a performance to reflect upon in the new year.  VM

Under 10          Won 13-7
t was a freezing afternoon for netball but the girls pulled together all their enthusiasm and played a really impressive match. They were at the courts early making sure they were well warmed up and practising their tactics and goal scoring. The girls were very dominant in the first quarter winning 5-0. Cottesmore came back stronger for the remainder of the game losing two quarters by one point and winning one quarter by one point. Tabitha and Florence were a super shooting duo. Bea, Ana and Mimosa played very well in both attacking and defending positions. Kitty and Stephanie also played in both attack and defence, they often found spaces and were free to recieve passes. Isabella played her first game in attack, she was very strong and her footwork faultless. The girls still need to work on their marking technique but overall it was a fabulous last match of term. Well done to all the girls, and to Florence who was nominated girl of the game for showing great perseverance. LP

Saturday, 02 December 2017

Saturday, 2nd December

Netball v Christ's Hospital
1st VII             Won 23-4    
The girls were superb today.  As there is always something for each girl to work on so, as we were 5-2 up after the first quarter and looking rather comfortable, I decided to swop Emma and Maria for the second quarter in order to work on different skills. This was also a resounding success, so, for the final two quarters, the other four girls were given a chance to play in the shooting circle. All managed to slot away at least one goal, with Irene netting a very impressive five. With so many girls able to shoot it was impossible to keep the score down. Every girl played at least three positions and learned a great deal.‘Man’ of the match Irene for her all round improvement and super shooting  PMc  

2nd VII             Lost 3-7
The 2nds had a great match against Christ Hospital's B team on a blustery Saturday afternoon. The girls had a challenging first half where they were able to work on lots of defensive skills. Going into the second half, our focus was on driving hard for the ball and playing with lots of confidence. Down by 5, Ashdown took the court ready to play and Zene and Mariana were able to sink three quick shots. There was some excellent determination and team work and, although we didn't come away with the victory, the girls should be very proud of their performance. Well done to Alejandra for earning player of the match and to Adel for playing so well on her birthday. The final score was 7-4 to Christ Hospital.  AG

Under 12          Lost 12-13
In today's match we played two 12 minute halves. The girls were amazing! Their defence was constantly changing as they adapted to their opponents and each of them played strategically and to their advantage. Their passes were strong, fast and accurate. They were all  intercepting from every direction, staying on their respective players constantly.

As always, Chloe and Sarah scored goals with  both ease and grace. Carmen and Alisa worked well as a team to move the ball up the court after each centre pass. Issy, Hannah and Ines worked well in the defence sector playing aggressively and successfully.
A few times the girls were pulled up for footwork and contact which gives us some areas to improve on for future games. On the whole, we played well and are very proud of their efforts and achievement.  TRR & JR

Netball v Brambletye
Under 11          Won 17-5
The first half of this match was a wonderful display of attacking netball by the U11 girls, so much so that after 20 minutes we swapped out of position so not to advance our 14-2 lead. The remainder of the match was a great exercise in versatility and it highlighted some weakness for us to work on next week.

In the first half, the passing between Tara, Cristina, Giada and Felicity was once again superb and both Zadie and Lucy coped well with their defending roles.  Zadie has worked hard on her footwork and it was near perfect. She also found some great spaces in order to receive the back line passes. Clara is growing in confidence with every match and she was commanding as goal defence.

In the second half, the girls had an opportunity to play in different positions. Felicity tried goalkeeping, Giada played wing attack and goal defence, Cristina played wing defence and goal attack, Lucy tried goal defence and wing attack, Tara played goal attack, Zadie played goal shooter and Clara played wing defence and centre. At times, it was a glorious mess but there were some exciting moments such as Zadie and Tara scoring their first goals for the U11 team, Felicity's superb interceptions at the top of the circle and Giada proving yet again that every position is her position!

More important than the result is the fact that this is the most wonderfully kind, cheerful and good-humoured group of girls and they are a delight to coach. Cristina was nominated 'girl of the game' for her fantastic movement around the court. One goal was scored by Tara, two by Zadie, six by Felicity and eight by Giada. A superb result on which to build. Well done, girls!  VM
Under 10          Lost 6-9 
The under 10 team played a fantastic game this afternoon against a good team. The score in each quarter was very close: 1st: lost 1-2, 2nd: drew 1-1, 3rd: lost 2-3, 4th: lost 2-3. Mary and Tracy were fantastic in defence, often intercepting the ball. Kitty played the best she has ever played as she was always in a space ready to receive the ball. Ana, Florence and Tabitha played as a fantastic attacking team against some really tall Brambletye players. Just a few missed shooting opportunities meant the score was not more for Ashdown. Bea received player of the match which is a true reflection of her play. She played as centre for the first time and played extremely well. She was always in the centre of play and made some super interceptions. Overall a great game, there were points to learn from but I couldn't have asked for any more from any of the girls. LP
Under 9            Lost 3-11
For their first game of the season, and for some the first match of their netball careers, the girls played with real grit and determination.  We met a strongly prepared Brambletye team who kindly lent us one of their players to make a full team. In the first quarter our girls started well with some fantastic defending by Isabella and some encouraging centre play; she really has improved an exceeding amount. In the second quarter Ashdown seemed to wake up with Mimosa scoring two goals within the first two minutes of the quarter. This was helped by Indya always setting up the goals for Mimosa by making herself free.  By half time we were down 3-5. We continued to play well with some good input from Bailey, Stephanie and Daisy.  Unfortunately we did not match Brambletye’s standard losing the game 3-11.

Girls, the score really doesn’t reflect how well you played today. Each of you contributed something to the game. Much is to be improved, but well done! AdH

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wednesday, 29th November

Netball v Holmewood House
1st VII           Won 17-13   
The third match of this term, but the first match during the actual netball season, was a fiercely fought competition. The girls from both teams were clearly out of practice but showed great promise. We drew the first quarter 5-5; sadly Holmewood had an injury six minutes into the quarter and had to bring on a substitute. The replacement player was equally proficient. Whilst waiting to restart play the Ashdown kept warm and tactics were discussed . They really improved in the next few minutes and managed to draw equal.

Maria and Felicity slowly learned to vary their attacking moves during the game to outwit their defenders; Emma and Andrea learned to hold their positions prior to making their drives; Nanaho made superb tip-offs and interceptions to alter the run of play and Georgie and Irene learned to stick close to their opposition to make passing difficult. This meant that we won the next two quarters by one goal.

In the final quarter Felicity managed to mark her player with much more determination in order to keep this skilled player out of play and this gave us a win in the final quarter of two goals. A great match and a super win.  PMc
2nd VII           Won 9-7                    
The team had an outstanding match against Holmewood House this afternoon. They put in a dominant performance and led 9-1 going into the fourth quarter. Mariana and Zene were unstoppable in the circle working well together to finish off their shots. Alice, Alejandra and Delilah made some great stops in the defensive end. Through the middle, Adel and Carmen both worked hard to make some excellent connections up the court. For the final quarter, we mixed positions giving all the girls an opportunity to try something new. The final result was a 9-7 win. Well done girls!   AG

Under 12        Lost 18-21                
The match against Holmewood House today was fast paced, aggressive and proved to push our girls to their limit.  Every player fought for the ball fiercely and hardly gave the opposition a chance.

We played four 10 minute quarters and after each one,  Holmewood was only in the lead by 3 goals. Our shooters,  Sarah and Chloe, seized every opportunity to shoot for their team and passed the ball between themselves with grace and ease. Nina and Alisa made themselves available and strategically moved the ball up the court. Issy played evry well, opening up the court and looking for available space. Hannah and Tabitha were spectacular today, definitely our star players. Both used their height to their advantage and stopped the opposition time and time again.

Although we lost today, I am very proud of the girls' effort. We have a few things to improve for the next match, but I am looking forward to what will come.  TRR

Under 11        Won 24-19       
This was a thrilling match and I was delighted with the improvements made by the U11 girls since last week's quadrangular. We won the toss and made a strong start going 2-0 up quickly. Holmewood found their feet but Clara's defending distrupted play in their goal third and so our lead stretched until half time when the score was 11-7. Throughout the first half, Cristina made some fantastic drives and generally, the passing between Giada, Cristina, Tara and Felicity was excellent.

The third quarter was our poorest. Lazy passing in our goal third allowed Holmewood to intercept. This put us under some pressure and with Cayman Lucy starting to feel the cold, Holmewood found it easy to advance down the court.  When we did retain possession in our circle, both Felicity and Giada shot with precision so even though we made some mistakes, by the final quarter we were still 17-14 up.

The final ten minutes were excellent again with clean passing and tight defending. One of the most pleasing things about today's fixture was the debut of Eva and Zadie. As goal keeper, Eva made some brave interceptions and she worked hard to track her opponent. As wing defence, Zadie intercepted two centre passes and she proved herself to have strong ball handling skills. Only three weeks into her netball career, Zadie's still a little unsure of how to pivot but once she can move freely, she'll be a huge asset to this team as she has a natural ability.

A superb result and performance by all eight girls. Nine goals were scored by Felicity and 15 by Giada. Giada was nominated girl of the game for her controlling influence and overall dominance on the court.  VM

Under 10/9       Lost 5-12
It was a tough game today but the girls tried really hard from the first whistle to the last. I couldn't have asked for any more from them. The Ashdown team lost the first and third quarters but won the second and drew the final. Mimosa, Bea, Kitty and Bailey worked really hard to get the ball to their attacking third each time. Florence scored some excellent goals with the help of Tabitha in the shooting circle. Tabitha was also very impressive in defence today making some wonderful interceptions. Stephanie played particularly well following the demands of a fast pace match. She found some good spaces and made some excellent catches. Ana received girl of the game which was very well deserved. She was up against some great players, but stayed with them the whole time making it difficult for the opposing team. Some super passes and interceptions were made by Ana. Overall it was a great game, tricky from the start but a great learning curve too. LP


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday, 23rd November

Netball v Skippers Hill

Under 10/9 Won 4-3
We were delighted with this afternoon’s result in a closely fought match which saw only one goal scored until the final minutes. In the first half, our interceptions were excellent with Indya, Bailey and Isabella working tirelessly to block Skipper’s passes into the circle but in advancing down the court, too many deliveries went straight to our opponents because we called out for the ball whilst being tightly marked. In the second half, our dodging and signalling was much improved and there were some lovely passages of play from Indya to Bailey to Mimosa and over to Lily in the circle. We were a little too static in Skipper’s circle, watching the ball rather than grabbing for it and although we gave our opponents far too many opportunities, luckily we were not punished. The final quarter was thrilling with goal after goal. Mimosa scored all four for Ashdown but Lily supported her brilliantly and their communication was excellent in the last eight minutes. This final result could have gone either way so well done girls, and especially to Bailey who was nominated ‘girl of the game’ for her commanding presence in the centre court. VM

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Wednesday, 22nd November

Netball v Skiippers Hill

2nd VII    Won 17-9
The girls all played several positions during the course of this match. It was a wonderful way to see their strengths and weaknesses. 

Zene played GS, GK and WA, she was efficient and purposeful during the match; Chloe played GA, C and GD and was superb in each position; Alisa played WA, GA, GK and C, she was very determined; Adel played C, WA, GD and GA; she was excellent in all positions and her shooting was a revelation. Alice played WD, GD and GA; she marked extremely well.  Georgie played GD, C and GS and used her height to great effect; Hannah played GK and WD; her improvement during this game was a delight.  And Nina played GS, WD and WA; her hunger for the ball is wonderful.

A lovely game played in a sporting fashion.  ‘Man’ of the match Chloe.  PMc

Netball Quadrangular at Skippers Hill
Under 11           Winners            
A wonderful afternoon hosted by Skipper's Hill. We played three short matches and emerged undefeated to win the quadrangular.
v Bricklehurst Manor    Won 4-1 (Giada 3, Felicity 1)
Girl of the game: Clara
v The Mead          Won 6-2 (Giada 2, Felicity 4)
Girl of the game: Tara
v Skipper's Hill      Won 8-5 (Giada 6, Felicity 2)
Girl of the game: Giada
The U11 girls took a lot of confidence from this afternoon's quadrangular. They tried hard to put into practice all that they have learned this term and there were some delightful passages of play. Passing from Clara to Giada to Cristina to Felicity worked seamlessly and resulted in a number of goals. Giada and Felicity communicated well in the circle and Amalia fought tirelessly to intercept the ball in her role as goalkeeper. Tara controlled the game as centre and her experience brought a calming influence when we were under pressure. This team are very promising and we have an exciting term ahead!   VM
Netball v Handcross Park
Under 10/9        Drew 8-8       
It was a fantastic game played by the Ashdown and Handcross teams. Both teams worked so well together and made some superb interceptions and beautiful passes. The game was fast paced and exciting to watch. At the end of the second quarter Handcross were one point ahead so it was all to play for. The third quarter saw the teams drawing 7 all and, with one more goal each, the game came to a close at 8 all. The score really does reflect the action we saw from the side line. There were some strong players on both teams and the play was very much evenly shared. A very successful afternoon and a well deserved draw! LP

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday, 18th November

Netball v Brambletye

U10/9/8     Won 9-6
An exciting and close game against Brambletye.  Both teams were evenly matched and the final score ultimately came down to Ashdown being more consistent in the shooting circle, particularly in the first quarter which saw us take a 3-0 lead with a hat-trick from Florence. Our opponents were feisty and their hunger for the ball is something for us to aspire to. What was clear from this match is that our junior girls are very versatile as in the final quarter, we swapped positions and coped well with different roles.  Tabitha scored three goals, Kitty scored one and well done to Flo for her five goals and 'girl of the game' nomination.   VM

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Wednesday, 15th November

Netball v Copthorne
Under 10/9 A      Won 13-0
The under 10/9 team played their first match with me today. I hadn't seen them play this season so it was a great chance to see what they could do. I was very impressed by the way they worked together to get the ball into the shooting circle with superb fluency. They all tried really hard with excellent results. It was a tough match for the Copthorne girls but they had so much determination and I admired the way they didn't give up at any point. Tabitha received 'girl of the game' for the Ashdown team. She scored some excellent goals when attacking and made some superb interceptions when in defence. Very well deserved. LP

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

Wednesday, 8th November

Netball v Moira House
1st VII    Won 30-6
The girls played really positive netball today. Maria (our captain) played two quarters at GS. She began to look really comfortable in that position learning more about it as she played. She had a go at WA in the second quarter and played GD for the last quarter. She has much to offer the team. Felicity played GA for three quarters, she was superb. In the final quarter she played GK making many great interceptions and passed out well. Emma played two quarters at WA; she came out beautifully for the centre pass and fed accurately with speed into the circle. In the second quarter she played GS working well with Felicity. She had a go at C in the final quarter, linking the play well.

Andrea played C for three quarters; she learned the intricacies of this busy position during the match. Her spatial awareness is lovely and her passing generally accurate. She played GA in the final quarter and managed to shoot several goals. It was lovely to see her talent shine through. Nanaho played WD for three quarters; her hunger for the ball is a joy to see. She learned when to dodge and when to put herself into space for the second pass. She played WA in the final quarter making some good passes into the circle.
Georgie played GD for three quarters; she marked well for two dodges and then gave up. During the match she learned to stay on her player for the third dodge thus making a pass very difficult for the opposition. She played GS in the final quarter and here she began to show her versatility. Irene played GK for three quarters of the match; the difference in her play from early on in the season is a joy to behold. Her marking was superb and her footwork is much improved. She played WD for the final quarter, making good tip-offs.
All in all a match that showed how far we have come so far this term.
‘Man’ of the match Felicity      PMc
2nd VII     Lost 10-14    
Today's match was very well played by our girls. We played two 20 minute halves and in the first 15 minutes our girls managed to lead by 4 goals. This was largely due to our dynamic duo, Chloe and Sarah, both taking shots with lovely accuracy. Our attack was lethal and the girls intercepted the ball from the opposition left, right and centre.
Our attack started to falter slightly in the second half as the opposition's confidence grew. This, however, did not change our attitude. Our defence was amazing! Adel refused to give Moira House a chance once, constantly fighting for posession. Hannah used her height to her advantage and towered over the opposing goal shooter, fiercly defending our goal. Alisa and Alice formed a barricade between them, not allowing the ball to cross towards our goal. Carmen played very well alongside Mariana and Zene, putting in 100% effort at all times.
Although we lost, I can say that I am very proud of our team's amazing attitude. We definitely have some points that we can work on and improve for future games!   TR-

Netball v Cottesmore
U10/9      Won 8-2
In all by one quarter, this was a very even match but what a fantastic start to the netball season for this lovely group of keen sports players.
In the first quarter, Cottesmore dominated.  We found ourselves out of position, running wildly around the court and allowing our opponents far too much freedom.  Cottesmore had a number of opportunities to score but Mimosa worked tirelessly to retrieve the ball.  Despite the run of play, after ten minutes we led 1-0. 
After a team talk about marking and dodging, the girls really upped their competitiveness and it was as if we were watching a different team!  Indya and Ana tracked their opponents brilliantly and working neatly around the circle, Mary and Beatrice managed to retain possession to score four goals.
Some positional changes brought additional challenge into the game for our less experienced players but the girls coped well and we continued to advance our lead. Cottesmore improved in the second half but they were left with too much to do.
Four girls shared the shooting positions with Beatrice scoring three goals, Mimosa scoring three and Mary scoring two.  Tabitha played well and had a number of near misses.  Beatrice was nominated 'girl of the game'.  This was her first EVER EVER netball match! What an amazing achievement.   VM

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Saturday, 16th September
Netball v Brighton College
1st VII            Lost 17-20   
We used this match as a tool to determine how eight of the senior girls would cope at 1st team level netball and where they could each fit. Consequently there were many different positions played and therefore lots of combinations.  Maria played GK, GS and C she showed great promise in each position proving her all round skills.  Nanaho played GK, WD and C. She was slightly wild, but proved during the match that once we have honed her skills she could become a very useful player.  Alice played WD and GK. Her determination is commendable. She listened carefully to instructions and attempted to fulfil her roles.  Emma played GS and WA. She was neat, tidy and very efficient.  Felicity played GA and C. She was superb commanding the play and shooting with great accuracy.  Irene played GS and WA. She was a little out of her depth as she has only set foot on a netball court twice, but showed great promise for the future. Chloe played GS and GA. She gave a very impressive performance as by far the youngest in the team. Certainly one to watch.  Georgie remained at GD in order to give us some stability in defence. When on point she played extremely well although she was missing a little determination.

It is not easy to play when each quarter the positions are moved, but the girls held their own. We were two goals down at quarter time, five down at half time, six down at three quarter time and finally won the last quarter 7-4.

There is much to work on but plenty to work with. Well done girls.  PMc

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Friday, 17th March

Brighton College U11 tournament
v Copthorne lost 6-10
v Brighton College Prep A lost 7-2
v Great Walstead lost 2-9
v Lancing College won 6-0
v Broomwood Hall won 5-0
v St Christopher's won 6-1

The girls played their last netball matches of the season in the Brighton tournament today. In the first three games, the girls were seemingly under par, not playing to the standard we have grown accustomed to. They didn't seem as motivated or passionate about the game as they usually are. However, after their match with Great Walstead, it was as if the lights finally came on!  Their passion, motivation and agression came back in full swing! Alisa refused to let any opposition close to the ball, clinging on to it and passing it back to Ashdown attackers; Tabitha played brilliantly, marking the ball and preparing to catch the rebound every time; Chloe, our girl of the match, gracefully travelled across the court with ease, supporting her teammates and constantly making herself available; Kaoruko, in the centre position, played both defence and attack superbly. Issy, Felicity and Ines shared the position of wing defense and all three played as well as each other, intercepting balls at every turn and never giving their opposition a chance. Sarah shot goals with steady hands and perfect accuracy and Giada never left her position on the edge of the circle, constantly being available support.

If the girls had played their first three matches the same as they did the last, who knows what could've happened. In the end, Ashown U11 achieved 7th place overall. The girls didn't give up and showed amazing sportsmanship throughtout the tournament. Well done team, and looking forward to see how you progress as senior netball players next season.  T-RR

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Saturday, 11th March

Netball v Cottesmore
1st VII         Won 17 - 16
Today I had decided that we would play versatility against the Cottesmore team  whilst they stayed in their correct positions. I felt that this would be good preparation for the versatility tournament that we will be playing next week.

The girls were very excited by the prospect. The weather was glorious and the game was played in a superbly sporting fashion. It was fascinating to see their endeavours in each position and has given us much to work on prior to the tournament. A totally positive experience for both teams!   PMc     
2nd VII        Won 13 - 10 
It was a great afternoon for netball today and the girls were looking forward to playing. The Ashdown team got off to a slightly slower start losing the first quarter 1-4. They were good at gaining possession of the ball but often passed too quickly or too far and it was intercepted by Cottesmore. However, after a team talk, a few position changes and some fantastic effort from all of the players, they drew the second quarter, won the third quarter 4-0 and won the final quarter 5-3. Having not taken the second team before I was particularly impressed with their encouragement for each other. It was a tough match and they stayed positive throughout. Annabel, Mariana and Alice worked well as a team in defence. Emma, Esme and Zene warmed to their positions and became a strong attacking team, with Airlie linking the two and improving her the accuracy of the centre passes as the game went on. It was a fantastic game to watch and both teams really fought hard right until the final whistle. LP                     

U11             Won 20 - 19
In today's match, Ashdown fought hard for their win. Our opponents were equally matched in all ways and really made our girls work for the win.

Our defence was stronger than ever with Alisa, Tabitha and Ines fighting for the ball at every possible opportunity. Ines was available at all times for her team mates, helping pass the ball up the court to our powerfully shooting duo. Sarah and Chloe worked amazingly together, communicating subtly in order to pass the ball to each other, catch the rebound and shoot a goal with precision.

Our attack worked just as hard against their opponents and aimed to shoot a goal at every centre pass Ashdown had. Issy was a star, using her knowledge to seek empty spaces and intercepting the ball from our opponents. Kaoruko acted as a perfect link between the team and aided in both our attack and defense.

All the girls were player of the match because they worked in unison, had brilliant communication and did not once falter in their ability. They tried their best and succeeded!  T-RR

U10/9     Lost 8-12
In the warm Spring sunshine, the U10/9 team enjoyed a wonderfully competitive fixture against Cottesmore.  We started rather tentatively, dropping the ball a few too many times in the first quarter.  In the second quarter, some of our less experienced players struggled with the pace of the game and our passing didn't seem to flow down the court.  Cottesmore took advantage and surged ahead.  At half time, the score stood at 3-9.  We steadily improved throughout the second half.  Mary moved into goalkeeper and she played brilliantly, intercepting the ball and marking with determination.  Flo and Tara communicated very well in the circle and with each goal, they grew in confidence. Mimosa found some good spaces in the centre court and Giada was superb as centre. We dominated in the final quarter winning it 4-1 to bring the score closer.  Girl of the Game: Giada   VM



Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Wednesday, 8th March

SISNA U13 Netball Tournament
1st VII
Squad Lexi, Sonia, Jemima, Lily (Cpt), Felicity, Georgie, Maria, Emma
v Christ's Hospital Drew 5-5
v St Christopher's Lost 3-7
v Brighton College Lost 4-7
v Mayfield Won 6-4
v Roedean Lost 3-7
v Burgess Hill Lost 0-8
v Ardingly Won 8-7
The conditions today were grey, misty, drizzly and extremely windy. The girls began reasonably well except that it was almost impossible to shoot accurately at the start. We had more than 15 shots at goal in the first half of the first match, all of which were stolen by huge gusts of wind. We managed to catch up in the second half as we were out of the worst of the wind.

For the next few matches we played on the court but were not playing anything like our usual standard of netball. The schools that we played capitalised on this and beat us by more than we should have allowed. We definitely seemed to be very much on the back foot, both in attack and in defence.

In our last match we were 1-5 down at half time. As the second half began we seemed to come out of a dream and we played Ashdown Netball. We stole victory from the jaws of defeat in this match and were able to leave the tournament with our heads held high!
'Man' of the tournament Lily Moore


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