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