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