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Sports Report Week 7 – Spring 2024

Posted: 23rd February 2024

Sports Round Up

Week beginning 19th February

U14 netball v JMHS

On a blustery, slightly cooler Tuesday evening the U14 girls excelled with a much improved team performance and a well deserved 12-5 victory over JMHS. Right from the start the girls were in determined mood, with Charlotte setting the pace with a constructive warm up and team work. Having gone back to the drawing board to improve those all essential basics, the girls have begun to understand what the value of patience when transitioning the ball up the court. With Faith J, and Lara (player of the match) making some excellent interceptions in the defensive circle, Afia, Pippi and Charlotte combined effectively in the centre court, to maximise all attacking opportunities. Improved spatial awareness in the attacking third, enabled Sophia, Livia and Emily-Grace to combine and work the circle edge to create many goal shooting opportunities. Whilst the first quarter was a close affair, once the first goal had been scored, confidence grew and we began to dominate the game. Having had a bumpy ride this season, this was a much needed win!


U15 netball v Shrewsbury

As the skies lifted, the U15s gave a good account of themselves when playing Shrewsbury U15 A and B teams. Their A team were particularly strong, well drilled and determined to win and whilst we had patches of fluid play, lack of speed and drive onto the ball was often lacking, so not surprisingly despite some improved play during the game we did win this one. Playing the U15s was a much closer affair, one in which we were often in the ascendancy, with Frankie (player of the match) and Eno combining well in the attacking circle, with some determined defending from Jess and Annabel. Although we ended the first half just ahead, Shrewsbury made a counter-attack scoring the winning goals in the last minute of the game.


U14 netball v Shrewsbury

The U14s played with resilience against Shrewsbury’s U14 A team, with their exceptionally tall and talented GA, proving to be a challenge that Lara did not give up on. Although Shrewsbury were convincing winners, the girls persevered throughout, producing improved attacking play in the third quarter, with some good circle work between Emily-Grace, Livia, Charlotte and Sophia, whilst Mariia (player of the match) played positively as GK. Playing the U14Bs was more evenly matched affair, with some quick interchanges by the attack, especially Livia (player of the match), as is often the case, a timely team changes by both teams, tipped the balance in Shrewsbury’s favour as they zipped ahead in the last quarter.


U13 and U12 netball v RGS Worcester

Despite the inclement weather, all the girls played well against well-matched opposition from RGS Worcester. The U13s played well, using the width of the court in a fast-paced game. Faith H captained by example, working hard to create and use space effectively to support her teammates.   Faith J, Afia (player of the match) and Holly had some great play moving the ball effectively from defence, through the centre court and into our attacking third, where although passing into the goal circle has improved since our last game (against Moor Park) it was unfortunate that the shooters could not capitalise on this hard fought possession. It was lovely to see Emi’s confidence in defence develop.

The U12s played a very competitive match, where despite an excellent come back in the last quarter, they couldn’t quite turn over enough possession to make up the deficit, losing narrowly 12-9. Isobel and Leah worked well to quickly recover possession against a tough, much taller team, while Evie, Olivia and Scarlett effectively controlled the centre third, often dominating play to force errors, whilst Freya (player of the match) scored many goals.


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