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


Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Wednesday, 8th March

Netball v Vinehall
2nd VII         Lost 5 - 24   
It was an uphill struggle for today's 2nd/3rd VII against Vinehall's 1st/2nd VII but I was proud of all eight girls for playing with such resilience.
Vinehall moved the ball very quickly down the court and we found ourselves a few steps behind every pass.  We did make some superb interceptions: Annabel, Alice and Zene did not give up throughout the forty minutes.  When Ashdown had possession, our attacking players found it hard to dodge free and as a result, we were frequently dispossessed but Esme scored two goals, Coro scored two and Mariana scored one. 
In the final quarter, Vinehall moved their players out of position and this allowed us back into the game a little but frankly, things descended into hysteria and so it was a relief when the final whistle blew.
Girls of the Game:  Zene and Annabel (which is an especially fantastic achievement as these girls stepped up from the 3rd VII today!)   VM  

U11              Won 24 - 3    
U10/9           Won 10 - 8

We had a quick 28 minute netball match against Vinehall today. It was a good match and overall the girls played well. In the first two quarters Ashdown beat Vinehall, however in the final two quarters Vinehall beat Ashdown. We were strong to start and towards the end of the game played a little too quickly, therefore passes were lost to the other team. We played all of our under 10, under 9 and under 8 girls today. It was a great opportunity for everyone to play and there were some strong players. For me, Kitty's performance stood out. She played very well and has improved a lot since joining the team. Giada received girl of the team which was well deserved after scoring some fantatsic goals. We are looking forward to our final netball match this weekend! LP


Friday, 03 March 2017

Friday, 3rd March

U13 Netball IAPS Regionals     = 7th
Squad  Lexi, Sonia, Jemima, Lily (Cpt), Felicity, Georgie, Maria, Nanaho
v Danes Hill Lost 4-6
v Cottesmore Won 8-1
v Handcross Park Won 6-3
v St.Michaels Won 7-4
v Edgeborough Lost 4-6
v West Hill Park Won 8-1
v Hazelwood Lost 5-7
We came 4th in our section. With one more win we would have been in the play-offs!
Goals For 42 Goals against 28.

We were unlucky not to secure a victory in two of the matches we lost, but that is the way of tournaments. Every player contributed well in all areas of the game. Our U12 defence, in particular, really grew as netballers. The attacking  players who were U13 led the way fantastically and encouraged their younger team mates beautifully. A real team effort. Our captain, Lily, linked the play superbly. Sonia and Lexi shot accurately and moved round the circle with purpose. Our section had 1st, 3rd and 4th placed teams in it. So a difficult section!

HUGE thanks to Tallia-Rume who looked after the girls single-handed for the entire day whilst I umpired every match that our girls did not play in.   PMc

Thursday, 2nd March

IAPS U11 Regional Netball Tournament

V Cumnor House Drew 2-2
V Great Walstead Won 3-1
V St Hilary's Lost 3-6
V Caterham Drew 2-2
V St. Christopher's Won 6-4
V Guildford High Lost 1-7

We came third in our section!
Knock out Game V Hazelwood Lost 2-11

This squad of girls can be so proud of their endeavours today! They played their hearts out and achieved some remarkable results.  The squad came third in their section and seventh overall!  This squad of girls can be so proud of their endeavours today! They played their hearts out and achieved some remarkable results, coming third in their section and seventh overall!
Sarah, Chloe, Felicity, Florence, Giada, Issy, Ines, Alisa, Tabitha; you were fantastic!

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Wednesday, 1st March

Lancing College U13 Netball Tournament
1st VII          3rd  
Squad= Lexi, Sonia, Jemima, Lily (Cpt), Felicity, Georgie, Maria and Nanaho
v Belmont Won 9-0
v Lancing Prep Won 9-0
v Handcross Park Won 6-4
Sadly Prebendal did not show and so we could not play our final section match. However we were clear winners of our section. Our goal difference meant that we had a bye in the quarter-finals and went straight into the semi-finals, thus we had a very long gap prior to the play-offs.
Everything that went right for us in the match against Hurst in the Hurst tournament, went wrong in the semi-final today. Sadly this meant that we lost that match 5-6 rather than taking a win by a goal.
We went into the play-off for third place against Handcross Park and again Lady Luck had deserted us. However Lexi played the game of her life and popped in several important goals giving us a 4-2 victory.   PMc                         

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wednesday, 22nd February
Netball v Bede's
1st VII            Drew 11 - 11 
Having played superbly in our two sessions of netball since the break I was slightly disappointed in the way our game went today. The flow was interrupted by many basic errors such as stepping/ sliding, contact and arms before distance. Having said that the courts were slippery due to the drizzle and the wind was swirling due to storm Doris. We will be working on counteracting weather conditions and basic netball play over the last few sessions prior to the regionals. This was match we should have won.There were also many positives: our play around the circle was good, our passing was efficient and the shooting was good.  'Man' of the match Lily for fabulous linking play and Sonia for always finding space.  PMc     

2nd VII           Lost 1 - 18   
Today, the weather was not on our side. Both the Ashdown and Bede's teams struggled in the conditions. Ashdown played very well and definitely tried their best. I am proud of the effort they put into their game. Nanaho, Alice, Ksenia and Annabel defended extremely well and supported the team whenever they could. Adel made herself available at all costs and really helped move the ball down the court.

Our girls created many opportunities for potential shots, however the wind made it very difficult for Emma and Esme to get any goals. Even through the difficulties, our girls never gave up and their attitude remained positive the whole time.

The star player today was Ksenia for her absolute brilliant defending.   TR-R

Under 11         Drew 7 - 7          
In unfavourable conditions, this was a reasonable result for the U11s and most importantly, it was an opportunity for Giada and Felicity, two U10 players, to gel with the team prior to next week's IAPS Regionals.  With scores of 2-1, 0-3, 3-1 and 2-2, the third quarter was certainly our strongest and is perhaps an indication of how the team will look at Thursday's tournament.

Overall, today saw improved performances from Sarah in the shooting circle and Kaoruko as centre.  Sarah's movement around the post was neat and her communication with Chloe was clear.  She had no problem shaking off her opponent.  Kaoruko was disciplined and with the exception of a couple of wild passes, her delivery was accurate and she played with an exceptionally high level of energy.

All of the girls have made excellent progress.  Next week, they will have to maintain focus and train hard in preparation for their biggest stage yet. 
Girl of the Game: Kaoruko    VM

Under 10/9      Lost 0 - 5
It was a good game against Bede's today. The girls played well throughout the match and listened really well to coaching between each quarter. To begin with, play was slightly messy and both teams were passing all over the court, however as the game progressed they both really tightened their play and it was much better. The girls were playing in slightly different positions today which was a good experience for them. When we had the ball from the centre pass it very quickly went to the shooting circle, however with some very tall Bede's defence players it was tricky getting into a good position to shoot. It was an unlucky loss but a lot was learnt by all of the players. Tracy shone in this match, her performance has come on so much and her ability is continually growing. Florence received girl of the game for her resilience against a good opposition.  LP

Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Wednesday, 8th February

Netball v Christ's Hospital
1st VII            Won 26 - 10  
It was surprisingly chilly this afternoon and the girls appeared to be suffering from 'cold-hand syndrome.' Catching the ball cleanly was one of the biggest issues. Another was in the attacking circle where some great defence by GK and GD meant that Sonia and Lexi had to alter their style of play in order to get free. They struggled with it in the first quarter but after a quick chat at quarter time things began to flow more readily in the attacking circle. For once Lily had a similarly sized opponent; she is not used to playing against someone with such similar attributes to herself and this was a great match between two equally proficient girls. I was not surprised to see her fight her corner and come out on top! Jemima began by making her move too early, this she rectified for the last three quarters of the match! Felicity played the game of her life, picking up every loose ball and making some superb interceptions. Georgie was on great form and made life very difficult for the goal attack. Maria began to be more aware of her role at GK and kept control of the circle. 'Man' of the match Sonia and Felicity.  PMc   
2nd VII           Lost 8 - 17    
Another difficult match for the Ashdown girls today, however their perseverence never faltered. The first half was difficult and the opposition were definitely on top. They were not getting away easily though because Ksenia, Nanaho and Alice played their defending positions superbly. It was an evenly matched game where both teams had similar strengths and weaknesses.

In the second half, the girls playing became stronger. Airlie started communicating with team-mates to trick the opposition and our shooters (Esme and Emma) were making the most of every opportunity. The dynamic duo came up with strategies that helped them pass the ball in tight quarters and attempt as many shots as possible.

Girl of the match today was Esme for her brilliant aim and use of strategy to aquire the ball. T-RR

Netball v St Andrew's
3rd VII            Won 22 - 5 
This was a convincing win for the 3rd VII girls and ultimately an exercise in versatility with positional changes in every quarter. In the first quarter, we surged ahead 8-0 and after 20 minutes, we led 14-0.  In the second half, Alisa played for St Andrew's and this gave them some added strength in the centre third.  After three quarters we led 17-0.  In the final quarter, Mariana and Chloe were challenged to defend in St Andrew's circle and lack of experience, combined with a lack height, gave our opponents the space that they needed in order to score.

Our shooting was superbly accurate this afternoon.  Coro scored six goals, Mariana scored five, Sarah and Eloise each scored four and Chloe scored three.  Well done to all of the girls for superb sportsmanship and an excellent result.  VM

U10/9             Won 10 - 5
We had a lovely match against St Andrew's this afternoon. It was a great opportunity for some of our younger players to learn a little more about netball as they played three quarters of the match. It had a really steady pace and there were some great passes and interceptions from both teams. Florence received girl of the match for the Ashdown team for her hard work as centre and the two goals she scored. The other eight goals were scored by Tabitha and Giada, with four goals each. I also thought Kitty played particularly well today. She was always looking for a space and she gave of her best playing wing attack and goal attack.

An excellent game today and one that was a good learning curve for many of the girls too.  LP

Saturday, 04 February 2017

Saturday, 4th February

Netball v Brambletye
1st VII            Lost 19 - 26    
In today's match the girls played well, but not up to their usual standard. A few passes went astray when a simple pass was all that was required. A few shots that normally would have found their mark were missed and our marking was not quite as tight as it can be. Brambletye capitalised on these errors and that made all the difference.
Having said that it was good to see Lexi diving out of the circle when required and making some lovely passes in to Sonia. Sonia was frequently double marked and outwitted both opponents. Jemima made some superb dodges for the centre pass in the second half of the match, leaving her opponent standing. Lily, always free and making fantastic interceptions with her incredible timing. Felicity made an art form out of being available for a square pass. Georgie made many interceptions and then made her pass count and Maria began to stick closely to her goal shooter. Many positive things were accomplished.
'Man' of the match Lily   PMc 

2nd VII           Lost 8 - 25 
This match was a struggle for our girls, however their spirits throughout were never dampened. They played strongly throughout the entire game and showed the same determination and effort as they have in previous matches.

Brambletye had strong players marking Ashdown, many taller and faster than us. This urged the girls to rely in strategic tactics and not purely on their physical abilities. Nanaho was brilliantly tricking opponents into thinking she was going one direction and then doing something completely different. She was dodging her opponent at every opportunity to keep the ball with her team.

Emma also played amazingly, always fighting for a chance to have the ball and shooting with precision to gain goals for our team. Ksenia used her height to her advantage and stretched to her limit to make it difficult for Brambletye to shoot goals.

Although we lost, the girls learned how to turn a difficult situation into something positive, using it to their advantage. After the game they showed amazing sportsmanship, praising the opposition on their skills and calling out key players that they thought played especially well. I am proud of how the girls played and their attitude after the game.

Star players were definitely Emma and Nanaho!  T-RR

3rd VII            Drew 8 - 8 
The 3rd VII were disappointed to miss out on a victory this afternoon as they led 8-6 until the final two minutes but a draw is perhaps a fairer reflection of the performance.

Ashdown had two main areas of strength.  Marianna's excellent shooting was a real asset and, although her dodging was a little half hearted at times, when in possession of the ball, she converted every opportunity.  In defence, Annabel and Zene were unstoppable, seizing rebounds and intercepting passes with ease. 

To improve, the 3rd VII must try to mark their opponents more closely. They must also be more bold when competing for the ball.  VM

U11                Lost 3 - 12    
The score in this match was not a reflection of how the girls played. It makes it seem as though it was fairly one sided, however this was not the case. We had plenty of opportunities to shoot but just couldn't quite get the ball in the net. The Brambletye team were also quick to respond to rebounded balls which meant opportunities were quickly lost.

The Ashdown team worked well together and their main strengths showed when, as a team, they passed the ball in a direct route towards their goal. The girls should now ensure when passing the ball they take the time to see that their team members are ready to receive the ball so that possession is not lost.

It was a good game to watch and one that strengths could be seen as well as areas for development. LP
U10/9             Lost 2 - 6, Lost 4 - 8
v U10 Brambletye
This was a low scoring match, with both teams struggling to score due to the excellent defence. By the first quarter the Ashdown girls were down 0-4, however they quickly adjusted to the talented defence during the second quarter, bringing the score to 2-4. Tracy and Felicity worked well together in their goal defence positions to only allow the Brambletye girls to score two more goals during the remainder of the match. The girls marked beautifully, and played together as a team to come back for the first quarter! ‘Girls of the match’ today are Mary and Felicity.
v U9 Brambletye
This was a fantastic match against the U9 Brambletye team in which the Ashdown girls worked together and quickly adjusted to the height of their opponents. The first quarter saw a 3-0 Brambletye lead, however the girls managed to bring the score to 5-3 during the second quarter, with their quick passing, combined with excellent rebounding from Felicity. During the remainder quarters the girls continued to play well till the final whistle.  Giada played beautifully scoring all four goals, and using good foot work to move quickly around the court. Isabella and Kitty, also played well and made some great intercepts!
 All the girls should be so proud of their efforts! Giada was named 'Girl of the match’. TP

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wednesday, 25th January

Hurst U13 Netball Tournament
Section Matches
v Lingfield Notre Dame Won B 7-2
v Handcross Park Won 17-1
v Cumnor House Won 10-2
v Hurst U12 Won 7-4
v Windlesham Lost 6-11
This placed us 2nd in our section so we played the first placed team in the other section in the semi-final.
Semi-Final v Hurst U13 Won 10-8
Final v Windlesham Won 9-7

The girls were quite incredible in the first four matches today. In the last match of the section they began well getting a 3 goal lead. Windlesham were fast and used superb long passes which almost always found their mark. This sent waves of panic through Ashdown who began to attempt the same style of play. In panic mode we lost our shape and everything went wrong. Windlesham capitalised on our mistakes. This led to the first loss of the day and placed us in second in our section.

We had time for a talk prior to our semi-final match against Hurst. I carefully explained that we needed to play our own style from the beginning to the end of each subsequent match and to forget anything that had gone before. The girls dug deep and took the match by two goals. In the final we replayed the tall and athletic girls from Windlesham. The same instructions were reiterated with a strong emphasis being placed on remaining calm and allowing themselves time, plus to keep possession once gained, until a shot had been executed. They listened carefully and did just that!

An extremely proud coach was delighted to watch them at the very top of their game!

Netball v Copthorne
U10/9           Won 10-6   

The girls played very well throughout the match today and Indya and Mimosa, both U8 players, really shone too. During the first half the girls played in positions they knew well, but we decided to change the positions during the second half, which gave the girls experience in new positions. Mimosa began to realise how fast she needed to be playing as centre. She kept up well with her opponent and often made some great interceptions. Giada and Tara worked very well in the first half to score the goals.

Overall it was a fast paced game. Each team had many shots at goal so with more accurate shooting there could have been more goals. They were fairly well matched teams and fought hard throughout the game.  LP


Saturday, 21 January 2017

21st January 2017

Netball v Holmewood House
1st VII            Lost 20 - 34   
This was a game of four distinct quarters!  In the first quarter we were a little tentative in our play and thus allowed Holmewood some relatively easy interceptions. Once the opposition had the ball it was an almost certain goal due to their efficiency and their height in the circle. Lost 3-10.  After a quick team talk we returned to the court with a different mind-set and, with slick passing, kept possession and scored on all our centre passes. Lost 4-5.  Complacency set in and we kept attempting the same plays in the third quarter rather than altering occasionally. Holmewood were on fire and we lost the quarter 5-13
With more explanation of how to make the best of our skills we retook the court for the fourth quarter. We were electric! We marked well, passed beautifully and shot with precision and speed. Thus we won the last quarter 9-7.  A great learning experience!  ‘Man’ of the match Lexi for her driving and shooting.  PMc     
2nd VII           Lost 13 - 15
Today’s game was definitely the toughest match the girls have had to play. Compared to Holmewood, our girls were much smaller and had trouble defending against their opponents. It was a very close game in the first quarter, with Ashdown in the lead. This was because the girls took note of their disadvantages and worked around them. They strategically travelled the ball to their side by passing low and dodging their players. This was particularly difficult for Nanaho as her opponent was at least twice her height. However, she played goal defence brilliantly, catching the rebound whenever she could.
The next two quarters were where Ashdown started to feel the struggle. Unlike the past two games, the girls had to work harder at passing the ball between the team, on many accounts, barely reaching the ball before their opponents. Before the last quarter, the girls decided on their own that their play wasn’t working and they needed a new strategy. They came up with cryptic clues between them to decide who each pass would go to. The game was turned upside down! Coming into the last quarter with a losing score of 6-13, Ashdown played as hard as ever to make their come back. It was amazing! The girls scored again and again, barely giving Holmewood time to react.

Girls of the match were Ksenia for guarding the opposing goal shooter with ease and Nanaho, who strategized to get around her challenges. Very proud of our girls!  T-RR           

Under 11         Lost 6 - 18  
Under 10/9      Lost 6 - 9

It was a tougher match today against the Holmewood team. The girls got stronger as the game went on which was evident in the goals scored. In the first quarter the score was 3-0 to Holmewood, the second quarter was 1-0 to Ashdown, the third quarter was 4-3 to Holmewood and the final quarter was 2-2.
Giada played very well scoring all six goals. She used her height to make interceptions and was always looking for a space. Florence worked very hard against a good centre, she was kept on her toes and intercepted at every opportunity. Isabella played for two quarters and made her first interception which was fantastic. Tabitha got better as the game went on, she became more focused and tried to regain possession of the ball on many occasions in the shooting circle. Mimosa had another great game as goal defence. She was often seen jumping to try and catch the ball. Tara really helped get the ball in to the shooting circle and worked well with Giada to get the ball to a good shooting position. Kitty also played for two quarters. She really thought about her marking today and made some good improvements. Finally Mary looked for spaces and was often in a good position to catch the ball. I think all the girls showed progress today whether that be individually or working with a team member. A good score for a tough match.   LP


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday, 18th January

Netball v Skippers Hill
2nd VII           Won 14 - 8   
Another fantastic match for our Ashdown girls today on our first away game of the season. Faced with equally talented opponents, the team worked well together and brought home another success.
The first quarter was particularly challenging today, where the girls struggled with the height of their opponents. However, they used this to their advantage, passing low with speed and practising effective communication in order to travel the ball up the court and make as many goals as they could. During the game, Georgie and Alice proved to be brilliant players in their defence positions. They played strongly and retrieved the ball from their opponents on multiple occasions.

Emma and Marta played brilliantly, taking every opportunity to aim and shoot. Annabel made the game that much more difficult for the opposition, using her height and stretching to retrieve every rebound from their attempted goal shots. The team communicated beautifully through their actions today, in order to confuse the opposition and gained a well-deserved win!  Girl of the game today is Georgie.   T-RR
U11               Lost 7 - 10               
This was a close contest where we sadly came second losing 7-10.They scored more than us in only the first quarter but the telling statistic is that we had a dozen more shots at goal than Skippers Hill.

Sarah, Chloe and Ines all scored goals and also worked hard to defend. Alisa was outstanding again in defence and secured many interceptions. Issy and Tabitha improved their marking throughout the match and by the third quarter, Ashdown marked every player and made life extremely tricky for the opposition, only allowing one goal to be scored. Kaoruko was everywhere, linking the defence players with the attacking players as she should. They all played well and were unlucky on the day. Well done. FN

U10/9            Won 14 - 12

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