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Netball match reports

7 Feb 20

RHS v Woodbridge U14A – Away – Saturday 11th January

An early first game of the season and always a good test. After a slightly slow start leaving us 4-8 down at quarter time the girls came out fighting in the 2nd quarter. With a change of positions we intercepted a number of balls in defence, attacked with more confidence and played some excellent attacking netball. Our best quarter by far (winning 7-4) drew us within 1 goal by half time. Unfortunately we were unable to maintain that momentum, at times struggling to contain the RHS GS who was very strong at holding and moving into space and allowing the RHS defence to dominate our positions. The final score was a loss 28-17 but within this we showed the talent, potential and versatility that this squad has. Looking forward to the next challenge. POTM – Libbie.

Woodbridge U16B v RHS – Home – Tuesday 14th January

Although tough opposition the team played some sound netball throughout this game. Defensively we were particularly strong throughout this game and as a result were able to turnover the ball on a number of occasions, Lakisha and Bea often intercepting at the RHS centre pass. Passing decisions in our attacking play let us down during the first half and the hard work of intercepting was often lost by the opposition taking back possession. Woodbridge were 4-9 down at half time. A slightly bizarre 3rd quarter saw only 1 goal scored but this was all building up to a much higher scoring final quarter. This was very much end to end with some lovely attacking play by Cecily, Julia, Rebecca and Emily. This was a game in which we competed well and with more consistency could have come closer to a win. An eventual loss of 9-17. POTM Lakisha & Cecily. 

Woodbridge U13C v RHS – Home – Wednesday 15th January

A really lovely game of netball to watch and be a part of. This is a super group of girls who are all very keen to play and learn. We were ahead throughout the game but had a particularly strong 3rd quarter (5-1) when the girls really took on board feedback about passing selection and retaining possession. Defensively strong throughout with many interceptions made by Izzy, Rhea, Amelia, Amelia and Eveny. Outstanding work-rate from Sophia & Eloise and accurate shooting from Charlotte. A special mention to Havannah who volunteered to play for the Ds who were short on this occasion. Well done girls – great start. Final score a win 11-5. POTM Amelie and Izzy.

Kesgrave v Woodbridge U15B – Away – Monday 20th January

On a damp Monday afternoon we played against a team of 6 players. Whilst this sounds easy, in reality it is often quite difficult and at times we did not maximise the free player that we had on court. With a large squad we are still very much trying to find best combinations so there were many positional changes made throughout. We picked up a lot of interceptions in defence but at times still needed to be tighter on our players. In attack we needed to be more patient with the ball and cut out unforced errors. When we gave the ball with confidence play flowed much better and showed the netball this team is more than capable of playing. 

Final score was a win 11-5. POTM Lucy.

RHS v Woodbridge U12C – Away – Wednesday 22nd January

A very new team but one that shows great promise. This was a match that we should have won and where we led for the first 3/4 of the match 7-4 in the lead at 3/4 time. There was some lovely attacking play at times and the team also intercepted the ball on a huge number of occasions in mid-court and defence, particularly Harper, Martha, Caoimhe and Lily. In attack we needed to come forward for the ball much more and unfortunately consistent errors often led to the ball being turned over by RHS. In the last quarter RHS made a change to GS which proved to be our undoing and our 3 goal lead disappeared very quickly. The quarter was lost 6-1 and the final score a loss of 10-8. Lots to work on going forward and so many positives that the girls should take away. POTM – Caoimhe.

Woodbridge U15B v Ipswich High School B – Thursday 23rd January

This was the second game in a week for this team but on this occasion the opposition were considerably stronger with useful players in key areas of the court. With some good shooting from Charlotte in the 2nd quarter Woodbridge stayed in touch in the first half (9-15 down at half time). Unfortunately in the second half we allowed IHS to dominate play throughout the court. Woodbridge needed to be much tighter defensively in all areas and in attack more confident and consistent with our passing and movement. Final score – loss 11-30. POTM Sophia.

Finborough v Woodbridge U14 A – Thursday 30th January 

Our U14 As are a skilful team that enjoys playing fast paced netball. Unfortunately on this occasion the court conditions were not conducive to this style of play, proving in the damp to be very slippery indeed. What was pleasing to see was the team adapt relatively fast to a different style of play, landing sensibly and waiting for players to make their move. Libbie and Steph combined well in the attacking circle with Steph making some excellent dodging moves to lose her GK and Libbie driving well into space, both shot consistently throughout the game. Chloe, Ada and Freya were dominant in defence, turning over the ball on a number of occasions. Esme, in her new found position at Centre was strong and available throughout and combined well with Mae at WA both feeding the circle effectively. A solid performance in less than ideal conditions. Great effort. POTM – Esme & Steph.

Woodbridge U13 C v St Felix – Wednesday 5th February

Their second match of the season against a St Felix team of unknown strength. The game started well and was evenly balanced with goals being scored at both ends. By the end of the first quarter everything was quite tight with Woodbridge only 1 down at 2-3. The 2nd quarter was unfortunately where we lost it. St Felix were strong defensively particularly in the defensive circle and Woodbridge needed to be more careful with their attacking moves and feeds into the circle which were regularly intercepted by the opposition. By half time Woodbridge were down by 4-10. A much better 2nd half where Woodbridge took greater care in retaining possession of the ball led to us win the 3rd quarter 4-3. Some excellent close marking and intercepting by the Woodbridge defence, Amelia, Eveny & Rhea saw us turn the ball over many times in the final quarter and, as with the first quarter, it was very much end to end play. A drawn quarter 4-4 saw the final score a defeat of 12-17 but a good game in which we fought back well. POTM Charlotte who moved and shot well throughout. 

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