Wednesday, February 1st
Netball v St Christopher's
1st VII Lost 18 - 24
This was a tight match which we held our own in during the first two quarters, 5-6 and 7-7. We struggled with the physicality and extremely good marking from the St. Christopher's side. By the third quarter our girls were flagging with the pressure that we were under to make our passes count. This brought about a loss of shape and we went down 2-5 in that quarter. We picked ourselves up in the final quarter and got back into the match even though it was a loss of 4-6. In our next session we need to work on ensuring that the square player is in the correct position to give other passing options.
'Man' of the match Lexi for her determination PMc
2nd VII Lost 10 - 12
A match, a battle or a brawl?! I'm not entirely sure how best to describe this afternoon's 2nd VII fixture but whatever the conclusion, the girls can be extremely proud of the result. Each quarter was closely fought; 3-4, 6-6, 9-8 and 10-12, the final breakdown. St Christopher's played a very physical game and even though some of our girls felt aggrieved by the level of contact, this actually worked to our advantage as a number of penalties were awarded to Ashdown, particularity in our attacking third. I also welcomed the dynamic pace set by our opponents as it resulted in a more fiesty and competitive 2nd VII. In the final minutes of the game, it seemed as if the result would be an 11-11 draw but a missed opportunity gave St Christopher's a lead and they were deserving winners.
Ksenia is growing in confidence as a netballer and today, she put her long reach to good use in goalkeeping. Her movement around the circle was well considered and she intercepted a number of deliveries. Now she must make sure that her passes out of the circle are as accurate.
Nanaho is a spirited player and like Ksenia, she worked hard to disrupt St Christopher's attack. She too is still working to achieve an accurate chest pass as she had a tendency to pass too low this afternoon.
Alice found some great spaces down the line and she reads the game very well. She must make sure to keep up with her opponent in the centre third.
Adel is naturally skilled but her confidence can be low. She asked to be subbed off as she was finding her opponent to be a tough contest but she was actually nominated 'girl of the game' which shows just how different her perceptions are to reality!
Airlie and Coro brought accuracy to the attacking third with neat passing and careful dodging. They were a calming influence.
Emma was a reliable shot today, scoring ten goals out of thirteen attempts. She required a huge amount of determination against her powerful opponent but after some gentle reassurance, she played with renewed perseverance.
Esme took a little while to warm up today but some shooting practice at half time saw her go on to score two crucial goals. She grew more bold as the game progressed and she communicated well with Emma.
It was such a delight to work with this eight and I am little disappointed that they lost out on a victory by such a narrow margin as they played brilliantly. Onwards and upwards! VM
U11 Won 19 - 9
The girls seemed to listen when it was suggested that they pretended that the first quarter was the only quarter. This was designed to help them in tournaments and overcome previous matches which were lost in the first six minutes. They were fabulous - driven, focused and enthusiastic for the ball. Sarah shot goals cleanly: five in the first quarter, and Chloe was also effective with four in the first quarter alone. St Christopher's improved and began to leap and intercept in a style to be copied in future. Old habits die hard and a there were a few moments when the girls ran from side to side, not finding space but when we began to intercept and pass the ball at pace to players running into space, it was a dream to watch. Issy was particularly good at getting in a position to receive the ball. Alisa and Tabitha intercepted well; Kaoruko and Chloe linked up and were there to grab any rebounds; Ines had an extraordinary shot at goal that bounced off a basketball ring and plopped into the net. It was allowed! It was good fun, played in excellent spirit on both sides and we are all very happy. FN
U10/9 Won 23 - 20
This match was a truly exciting match with such a close result and so many goals scored by both teams. At the end of each quarter Ashdown were leading the match however at the beginning of the second and third quarter St Christopher's fought back to take the lead.
Giada had a brilliant game as goal attack and scored 17 of the goals. Tabitha scored the remaining 6 which is fantastic as this is a new position for her. Tara and Mimosa shared wing attack. Tara always looked ahead for spaces and Mimosa became quicker at the starting whistle which meant she caught every centre pass sent her way in the final quarter. Florence played a superb game as centre. She gave it her all and really thought about her position when marking. Kitty, Isabella and Indya shared the position of wing defence. Kitty had a good game, successfully receiving and passing each ball she was thrown. Isabella gained more experience as a defender and was much better at staying with the person she was marking. Indya really thought about where she needed to be to receive the ball and made some good dodges. It was great to have Felicity back in goal defence. She was an asset to the defending team, using height and speed to her advantage. Mary and Tracy shared the position of goal keeper. Mary was particularly strong this week, catching many of the rebounds from under the goal. Tracy played well and enjoyed her first match with the Ashdown under 10/9 team.
I was very proud of the team. They played thoughtfully together on the court and listened to each other during talks off the court. Very well done. LP