The last two weeks has been full of netball matches and even a tournament. Settling back into play very well, the U12A, U14B, U12C, U13A, U13C and U14B teams have been performing extremely well and setting the level we can anticipate as we continue throughout the season.
U12 A Netball Tournament
Having won the first-round of the U12 netball tournament in November, the team, who have been practicing hard since their win, were pumped and ready for the next stage of the tournament which took place last Tuesday.
The U12A team travelled to Chantry High School where their first game was against St Jo’s B team. A solid start, effective centre passes and consistent shooting meant the team came away with an impressive 19-0 win. Playing against the same school’s A team in their second game, our defenders picked up lots of interceptions and our centre court players delivered the ball well to shooters. Demonstrating consistency in not only shooting but in picking up any rebounds, we took away a win of 11-1.
It was East Bergholt up next and Woodbridge team players swapped around a little to make sure every player had the chance to play in different positions; this worked just as well as our previous games as we came away again with a win, 10-1.
We’d already played our next opponents Farlingaye during a friendly match last term, so the girls knew they had to pull out all the stops to make sure they came away with a win. And win they did, with a score of 12-1.
It was another 12-1 win against Ipswich High School in the team’s last match of the tournament, with Amelie and Izzy in the shooting circle, Felicity, Georgia, Annie and Rosie in centre court with Eva and Pip in defence.
Scoring 63 goals in total and only conceding three during five 12 minute matches, it’s clear to see how exceptionally well the team played throughout the afternoon; a fantastic effort and achievement demonstrating their sheer strength and depth in terms of both defence and attack.
A massive well done to all the girls who took part! Your performance bodes extremely well for the netball season, and we all look forward to the start of our future matches. Thank you also to all the parents and grandparents who spectated and supported the girls, as well as Mrs Gray for umpiring so that Miss Sanders could coach (and shout!) on the sideline!
U14B Woodbridge v Copleston, 13 January: 7-18 final score
The U14B team had their very first league match last week, a league which includes all the A teams for all schools. Unfortunately the score didn’t reflect the game – the difference being that Copleston had two very tall and accurate shooters.
A shaky first quarter saw the team then settle in and behind by just two goals per quarter from that point onwards. Poppy started to get her eye in and scored three goals in the last game, while Lily worked hard in centre court, passing some super balls into the circle.
Supported well by Lilianna and Ella, our player of the match was selected by the opposition and went to our team captain Tabitha who had worked tirelessly in defence, never giving up and deserving her recognition completely. Rose, Eve, Martha and Nancy all played their part in this strong fixture too – well done to everyone who played.
Our next match would be away, against Chantry on 20 January.
U12C/U13C Woodbridge v RHS, 19 January: 14-9 final score
It was a truly impressive first match of the season earlier this week as Woodbridge took on RHS. Captaining the game was Amelia, who led the girls demonstrating some great defensive work, reading the game extremely well and being dynamic in her movement.
Newcomer to Woodbridge having very recently joined the School, Francesca made some super timely passes, while Olivia in GK position showed tenacity in her role. When it came to the opposition, to choose who they thought should be player of the match, having impressively scored all 10 of the 14 match goals, their selection of GA Teddi was really no surprise!
Isabelle scored a further three, while Mila also scored one. Laura, Jemima, Evie and Ella all played their part in the match too, with the final winning score 14-9 – well done girls!
We look forward to our next match which takes place next Wednesday, 26 January.
U13A Woodbridge v RHS, 19 January: 23-14 final score
An outstanding display of netball set the U13As off on their season yesterday v RHS. Their very, very tall GS gave us a real task, but in all areas of our court play the girls rose to the challenge.
With some great shooting by Eloise and Millie, and centre court interceptions and play by Lily, Charlie, Margot DD, and Aurelia, we were ahead going into half time, knowing the third and fourth quarter dominance would be key.
Lyrah, Liya, Bea and Scarlett played amazingly well in the defensive third and although we were outdone in the air due to the height of the RHS GS, the girls battled well and did themselves proud, especially when winning the turnover ball.
A great start and thanks to all the support from the side-line!
U14B Woodbridge v Chantry, 20 January: 21-11 final score Player of the match Tabitha
Playing Chantry U14A team, the U14B netball team started as they meant to go on, with a 10-0 first quarter in their second league match.
The squad of ten rotated to allow development of all players; Caoimhe and Martha shared the GK role and defended well, and our shooters Poppy, Nancy and Ella had lots of opportunities to get goals in, as the squad worked really hard to intercept passes and gain control of the ball.
Player of the match, again selected by the opposition, was Tabitha whose interception as GD was instrumental in the successful result. Ella played in C position for half the match and stamped her authority around the court while later scoring several goals as GA.
All players played really well and deserved the final score of 21-11. The next match takes place on 3rd February against Holbrook.