Tuesday 6 February
It has been a fantastic week of sport, in which every girl in Year 3 to 8 played a match for the School. First up was a great afternoon of U9 netball with Town Close. Due to the outside temperature, we made a decision to keep all of the matches indoors in our sports hall. The girls could then watch each other and learn from the other players.
U9As v Town Close score: 4 – 3
The U9As were up first and started with a bang, with Freya scoring within the first 10 seconds. We moved around the court well and Susannah H and Sophia B were particularly effective on the attack, creating more chances and extending our lead. Lois C and Olivia G defended brilliantly, but as the game progressed, we began to lose our shape and gave the ball away too easily, allowing Town Close more scoring chances. However, we just held on to win the game 4 – 3. Well done girls.
Team: Sophia B, Lois C, Freya S, Sky H, Susannah H, Mary L, Connie C, Daisy S, Olivia G
U9Bs v Town Close score: 2 – 7
It was the U9Bs turn next and again we started the game well with captain Liella-Grace F and Nicole M moving brilliantly in the D to make scoring chances. Olivia B and Amelia R defended very well and Evie BS moved around the centre court well to link the play. However, Town Close grew in confidence as the game progressed and began to take their chances. The score line does not reflect the evenly matched game; unlucky girls.
Team: Liella-Grace F, Theresa B, Daisy L, Nicole M, Sofia H, Amelia R, Olivia B, Evie BS, Milly E
U9Cs v Town Close score: 0 – 3
Finally, the U9Cs took to the court and our younger Year 3 team took on a Year 4 side from Town Close in their very first netball match. Again the game was very evenly matched, with our girls moving around the court well. Summer B and Elicia S fought for every ball and Danielle W was fierce as our goal keeper trying to win every ball. Both teams had chances but again Town Close began to take theirs towards the end of the game. We gave the ball away too often and took too long to make decisions. However, this will come with more match practice and it was lovely to see all of the girls smiling at the end. Well done.
Team: Summer B, Freya F, Isabel H, Danielle W, Sophie M, Lissi J, Georgie L, Elicia S, Angelica H
Score: Lost 3 – 0
Wednesday 7 February – 4 victories from our U11 teams!
U11 As v Town Close score: 11 – 3
Our As started the afternoon off with an excellent display of fast paced netball, with every player working hard on court and fighting for the lose ball. Lily-Ella was on form from the start and linked well with partner Alex to create scoring chances. Once we began to get our final ball into the D, the goals kept coming and we began to dominate the match, with Evie and Grace linking very well in the mid court and Grace intercepting the ball very well. We thoroughly deserved a win, playing some of the best netball we have seen from the girls…. so far!!! Player of the Match: Grace HK
Team: Gracie C, Alex G, Grace H K, Summer N, Edith D, Lily-Ella P H, Evie W
U11 Bs v Town Close score: 6 – 5
Our B team were next on court and found themselves in a very evenly matched game. Eleanor and Connie intercepted the ball well in defence and our shooters, Emily SU and Rachel H were on form to take our chances. Again, our final ball in to the D let us down at times and we allowed our opponents to get into the game in the second half. However, the girls showed great tenacity and held on to the lead for our second victory of the afternoon. Player of the Match: Eleanor T
Team: Eleanor T, Millie P, Rachel H, Connie B, Izzy M, Emily S U, Mariana L
U11 Cs v Town Close score: 7 – 2
The third match saw our C team girls playing and we saw some good passing and moving from the off. Alice and Milly worked well in the mid court area and Harriet intercepted the ball well to break the flow of play. At the start of the second half, we scored the best goal of the afternoon with a perfect centre pass move down the court. Evie and Amelie showed discipline in defence, but it was Player of the Match Rachel S who was on fire and couldn’t miss a shot. A fantastic win for our girls – very well done.
Team: Rachel S, Georgia Z, Millie J, Alice H, Harriet D, Evie G, Amelie T, Ella B
U 11 Ds v Town Close score: 6 – 1
Last but by no means least, our D team started their match brilliantly with Zinhle on form as our shooter from the start. All over the court, the girls fought for the ball well and Audrey and Sophia intercepted nearly every ball coming in to the D to deny our opposition any chances on goal. Zoe, Sara and Sophie moved into space and linked their passing well to give our shooters Emily and Zinhle, more chances. The second half was more evenly matched but the girls worked hard throughout and thoroughly deserved their fantastic win.
Team: Emily B, Zinhle N, Sophie C, Audrey W, Sophia P, Zoe S, Sara O
It was brilliant to see how far the U11 girls have come so far this season and it proves that hard work does pay off. We should all take confidence from this going into our next matches after half term.
Friday 9 February
U13A v Old Buckenham Hall score: 18-10
After an extremely busy week, the girls played a touring side from OBH School which was very evenly contested. It took a little while for the girls to warm up and, although it was a very close first quarter, they found themselves trailing by 3 goals to 5. The game picked up in the second phase and both Ruby K, as goal shooter, and Summer H, as goal attack, worked extremely well together, ably supported by Millie HK and Bea C to bring the score level at 8 all at half time.
OBH marked our players very well and the girls were finding it quite difficult to take advantage of their centre passes. At this point Alice S, at goal defence, showed her determination and took on a more attacking role, stealing the ball and offloading it to Summer who was then able to get the ball into the D. Laura W was also instrumental in this relentless play, culminating in the girls taking a narrow lead in the third quarter by 12 goals to 10. Sophie CR and Izzy S showed that they are improving with each game, defending their goal very well and becoming more aware of the unceasingly intense nature of the game. The final quarter saw our girls come into their own and increased the score line to 18, refusing their opposition any further goals. This was a tenacious performance by all the girls and a fitting end to the first half of the term. Brilliant!
Team: Ruby K, Summer H (capt), Bea C, Millie HK, Laura W, Alice S, Izzy S/Sophie CR