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

Saturday, 03 February 2018

Saturday, 3rd February  

Netball v Brambletye

1st VII   Won 18-15
The girls played very well in some parts of the game today. The defending was much better as we had worked extremely hard on these skills during the week. They were also on their toes ready to pick up the loose balls which was lovely to see. We found space superbly well in all the thirds. The downside was our distribution of the ball. There were many occasions when the pass was made prior to the securing balance; these passes were regularly lost to the opposition. We also failed to pass into the path of the dodging player, this meant that Brambletye were often able to intercept the pass. These skills will be honed next week.

Emma played superbly, making excellent short dodges to outwit her opponent. Nanaho was exceptionally fast in her dodging. Felicity commanded the attack with great maturity. Irene worked unbelievably hard, outmanoeuvring her opponent. Hannah made many superb interceptions. Georgie commanded the defending third and Maria made many tip-offs.

The second half was a little frenetic from both teams as panic set in to hold the lead or attempt to overturn it depending on who you were playing for.  A really tight match 6-4, 5-4, 4-4, 3-3!  ‘Man’ of the match Emma    PMc

2nd VII    Lost 8-9
The 2nd netball team had a very tough match against Brambletye which they unfortunately lost. However, the girls tried there hardest, despite the rain and absolutely freezing temperature. Adel played outstandingly in centre, intercepting many passes and even being named the girl of the match. Issy and Alejandra also played confidently and were successful at bringing the ball down the court with the help of Adel and Patricia. Patricia was up against a very strong and feisty goal attack but thankfully remained calm and played some very controlled netball. Alice, who played goal keeper for the entire game, was able to shut down their goal shooter who only scored two goals out of eight. Zene and Mariana were up against two very tall and tough defensive players, yet they remained optimistic and positive throughout the game. What I am most proud of today, was the way the girls supported each other when things weren’t going their way. Better luck next week girls!  LB

U12 VII   Lost 11-24
Today the under 12s met a rather stong Brambletye side. In the first quarter there was some good play in the centre third creating opportunites for the shooters.

In the second quarter Brambletye imporved their game and dominated the court. Ashdown were playing well in defence but found it hard to continue this throughout the court. By half time  the score was 12-6 to Brambletye. The girls understood how they needed to get the ball into posession.  We continued to play well, but Brambletye were fortunate enough to have a GA who was a very accurate shot. The girls continued to work hard but Brambletye were still dominant throughout the last few minutes. We lost the game 11-24. Girls keep working hard as I know that you are capable of improving throughout the season. 
Mentions must go to Alisa, Nina and Sarah who all worked tremendously hard, despite the weather!  AdeH
U11 VII    on 14-1
After a comfortable victory against Brambletye last term, we approached this fixture with confidence.
In the first quarter, we asserted our dominance and retained possession with relative ease.  We weren't able to build our lead as quickly as we would have hoped because Brambletye's goalkeeper blocked Tara in the circle, but our defenders worked tirelessly to move the ball back into our attacking third.  Amalia shadowed her opponents with determination, as did Clara.  Eva made some crucial interceptions.  With this support, we led 3-0 after ten minutes. 
In the second quarter, our passing into the circle was more direct and, by asking for the ball low, Tara was able to dodge her opponent.  Over these ten minutes, we controlled the game and we led 10-0 by half time.

Giada was proving such a powerful influence that in the second half, she moved into the goal keeper position to ensure a competitive fixture.  Eva moved from goal keeper to wing defence and Amalia moved from wing defence to goal attack.  This was a risky strategy as neither Tara nor Amalia have had shooting experience this season.  They coped brilliantly and together, they managed to extend our lead to 13-0. 

In the final quarter, Tara and Cristina swapped again but these U11 girls have such a strong skill base now that they are very versatile.  We were pleased for Brambletye when they scored in the final few minutes, but we also managed to pop one in before the whistle to drew this quarter. 

This was a very physical game overall and we took some knocks in pretty treacherous conditions. Cold fingers added to our woes but, overall, we remained composed throughout.  Lucy had her strongest game of the season as wing attack. I was delighted with our defending and well done to Amalia, who was nominated girl of the game for her superb marking.  Tara scored seven goals, Giada scored six goals and Amalia scored one.  Well done girls!  VM
Under 10                Lost 3-10, Won 6-0
We had a slightly different set up today because Brambletye brought their Under 10 A and B teams. This meant that Ashdown played a full match, the first two quarters against the Under 10B team and the final two quarters against the Under 10A team. It was a fun but chilly afternoon and both schools had a win. The Ashdown girls played well, but by the second half the cold had really set in and they were really feeling it. Ana, Bea and Florence worked as a good team to move the ball to the attacking end. Tabitha shared GS and GK with Alisha. Tabitha played very well and used her height to her advantage when playing as GK. It was a step up for Alisha this week playing with the team for the first time, however she coped very well, often in a free space so was a great support to the team. Tracy and Mary played on the wings and were an excellent support to both the attack and defence. Playing the Brambletye A team was a great experience for the girls because they realised they really had to fight to gain possession. This was most apparent in the final quarter when they scored 3 goals against them after not scoring any in the preceding quarter. Going forward we will aim to work on marking players to make sure they are always covered. A super game and well played by all involved. LP

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Wednesday, 31st January 

Netball v St Christopher's

1st VII                 Won 25-17
We came out fighting and playing superbly in the first quarter. Felicity and Emma were shooting like professionals. We won that quarter 8-3.

In the second quarter Mariana had her first run out with the team at wing attack; she has made incredible improvements over the course of this season. We lost shape a little during this quarter at the front and our defence gave St.Christopher’s a little too much space. However, Hannah played the quarter of her season thus far! The result was a 5-6 loss.

In the third quarter Mariana switched to wing defence and here she gave a good showing of her talents. Nanaho began to make the centre pass easily. Emma had a ‘battle royal’ with her GK who blocked constantly. We need to work on her positioning around the circle if she comes across this tactic again. Felicity worked extremely hard to take up the slack and the result was a 6-5 win.

In the final quarter Georgie and Maria kept close to their attackers effectively keeping them out of play for important seconds. Closing down the attack was key to the 6-3 win in this quarter.  Irene played incredibly well throughout giving good width to our play.

‘Man’ of the match Irene       PMc

2nd/U12   Won 23-22
The U12/2nds had an outstanding match this afternoon with a come-from-behind victory over St Christopher's. The girls started off slowly, struggling to connect in the first quarter and falling behind 3-10 as the quarter ended. After an enthusiastic team talk and a few substitutions, Ashdown stepped back on to the court like a different team. The connection up the court between Zene, Chloe and Sarah was crucial in our come back. Tabitha and Patricia were also fantastic in the defensive circle. We trailed by only three at half time and continued to chip away at the scoreline taking the lead just before the end of the third quarter. All through the fourth quarter, the girls continued to hold strong, trading goals with St Christopher's and keeping it very exciting for the parents and supporters watching on the sideline. Ashdown netted the final two goals to end the game with us ahead, winning 23-22! It was a fantastic team performance that all the girls can be proud of. Well done for your efforts, girls! Your hard work is paying off!  AG

Under 11              Lost 11-23 
After a very successful start to the season, the U11s' weaknesses were exposed by a strong St Christopher's side.  This afternoon, we learned that every pass counts because each careless pass altered the run of play and allowed St Christopher's to gradually stretch their lead over the four quarters.  Everyone made mistakes in this area and, ultimately, the girls were left feeling disappointed at an unusually sloppy performance. 

In the first two quarters, our attacking play was confident and slick.  Long passes from Giada to Tara allowed us to progress quickly down the court and their partnership was supported by Cristina who made some fantastic drives. After ten minutes, Felicity started to dodge well which added to our strength in the circle,  However, St Christopher's were totally dominant in their attacking third and our defending simply wasn't aggressive enough.

At half time, our defending really improved and Amalia made some superb interceptions in the circle, as well as catching a number of crucial rebounds. This improvement made the third quarter our strongest.   St Christopher's were not deterred, however, and they had a final flourish in the last ten minutes.

Today's fixture was a crucial exercise for these girls.  With tournaments approaching, we must not rest on our laurels.  There's plenty to work on!   Giada was nominated girl of the game for her superb shooting and dodging.  She scored 8 goals and Felicity took the other 3.   Well done to the whole team for working hard throughout the game.  No one became downhearted and the girls were a delight from start to finish.    VM

Under 10              Won 16-4  
It was a chilly but bright afternoon today so it was perfect for a netball match. Both teams played well and put in their all right up to the final whistle. Ashdown led throughout the match but there were moments they really had to fight to gain possession. We changed some of the playing positions today so some of the girls had new roles to learn. Ana played as centre and really thought about exactly where she should be throughout resulting in her often being in a free space. Florence and Mary made a super shooting duo. They read each other's positions well and thought carefully about where they would be most helpful to each other. Lily and Tracy played very well in attack. They kept up with the fast paced game and often found free spaces to receive the ball. Tracy also made some excellent interceptions. Tabitha and Kitty played mostly in defence and they always made it known to others that they were free so were key players in the team. Bea played as goal defence and had a great game. Her marking was superb and her passing accurate. Well done to all of the girls for a lovely game!  LP 
Under 9                Won 11-2
Today the girls met an enthusiastic St Christopher's team. We lost the toss and Ashdown immediately started to play well. By the end of the first quarter, the girls were winning 3-2. Throughout the second quarter the girls really picked up their game, winning the second quarter 4-0. At half-time I gave the girls a rousing team talk and explained how they needed to keep the momentum up. We continued our good play by creating spaces and really understanding how the game works. As a whole, all the girls played exeptionaly well and I was THRILLED that they finally got a well deserved win!

Man of the match Bailey, for being fanatsic in every possible way!

Once again girls, well done. Keep up the hard work.   AdeH


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Wednesday, 24th January

Netball v Ardingly
Under 12          Drew 7-7     
The girls had an outstanding match against a tough and physical Ardingly side on Wednesday afternoon. Their focus and determination in the match was very impressive and they set the tone right from the first whistle. Ashdown jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the first quarter after some beautiful centre court play, interceptions and shots. They held their lead going into half time, netting two more goals in the second quarter. Sarah and Mariana were outstanding in the attacking circle and the combinations of Alice, Tabitha and Alisa in the defensive circle gave Ardingly a real challenge.

After half time, Ardingly came out fighting, capatalizing on a few of our mistakes and drawing the score within one. In the final quarter, the girls continued to battle well, and took good care of the ball right until the end of the match, resulting in a draw. Well done for all your efforts girls! You're continuing to improve in every match!  AG
Under 9            Lost 4-1
Today the girls played against a very tall Ardingly team in the Barn.

In the first quarter the girls played well. There was some good centre court play by Isabella and Bailey who really understood how to create a space. In the second quarter there was some great shooting from Alisha and Mimosa (who shot a superb goal!). The girls continued to work really hard up to half time when we had a productive chat on how we could improve our game.
After half time the girls played some of the best netball that I have ever seen them play. Everyone put in a great effort especially in defence by Indya and Stephanie. A special mention must go to Lily who really has improved tremendously. Bailey, Belle and Daisy have also improved a lot.

Unfortunately due to the height of the Ardingly girls, this made us hard to get the ball and to score the goals.
Keep going girls, you really made me proud today!   AdeH

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

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