28 Mar 2018
Netball report - week 9

Thursday

  • 1st VII v Canford 18-30 (L): The score does not reflect the quality of netball played in this match. We started nervously but hit it hard in the second quarter to win, closing the gap. They struck back with a dominant performance in the third quarter but we finished strongly in the final quarter, however the damage had been done. Still the girls learnt a lot from this, and realised the need for consistency and concentration.
  • U16B v Talbot Heath 11-14 (L): A good team performance but special mention to Imo M, Lottie W and Kitty F for their persistence and hard work.

Saturday v Marlborough in bleak, cold conditions

  • 1st VII 30-28 (W): Following on from Thursday, the girls were determined to make their final match as the Golden Geese, one to savour. We had our noses in front for three quarters, playing some fluent, fast netball with accurate shooting from Ottilie and Lucy and stoic defence from Holly and Helena with our mid-court players working hard and linking superbly. Marlborough however, were not going to give up without a fight and the final quarter was fast and physical and they pegged us back to 23-23. Ottilie, Lucy, Annabelle, Niamh, Gabby, Holly and Helena held their nerve, and made some important turnovers and really looked after the ball when given the opportunity, to win by two! Another fantastic game of netball for both players and spectators alike and a wonderful way to finish the season!
  • 2nd VII 18-24 (L): The girls were all brilliant, playing with a fantastic attitude and showing great team spirit!
  • 3rd VII 8-46 (L): Marlborough fielded a strong and dominant team but we endeavoured to compete throughout. Tash GT played with spirit and determination from start to finish.
  • U16A VII 22-18 (W): A good team performance from this promising squad. Izzy R was player of the match at Goal Defence.
  • U15A VII 35-27 (W): Another good team performance. See the full report below.
  • U15B VII 13-16 (L): We just got out-gunned in the final quarter, with Marlborough making too many valuable turnovers but a game we could have won.
  • U15C VII 5-13 (L): Match report to follow.
  • U15D VII 4-26 (L): Very cold and unpleasant playing conditions and the girls put in some great effort.
  • U14A VII 25-49 (L): Marlborough were tall, strong and athletic and our girls worked hard throughout to compete against this well-drilled side. Esme T was player of the match, Izzy T and Jemima S fought hard for their goals yet again.
  • U14B VII 6-16 (L): A good effort in particularly unpleasant conditions.
  • U14CVII 6-37 (L): Another good effort against strong opposition.

Bryanston U15A vs Marlborough U15A: 35-27
The team completed their last fixture of the season against a weakened Marlborough team who had four of their players in the U16 National Finals. It proved to be a well-matched affair but the key encounters were won by Bryanston and the centre court combinations of Eloise W, Naomi P, Jemima BB and Minna W were both sharp in their movement and intelligent in their positioning. This forced regular turnovers and although the girls' desire to play quick netball too often gave the ball back to the opposition, the pendulum always swung slightly in favour of Bryanston. The second quarter was lost 8-9 and the final quarter scored 5-5 and therefore the game was effectively won in the third quarter where a 12-6 scoreline highlighted some impressive progression in the girls' tactical play. Lily G moved up to GS and Jemima BB to GA (thus effectively playing with a 'false GS') and the speed of their movement around the D fashioned a number of shooting opportunities and nearly all were taken. There was better zonal positioning in defence too and this allowed Naomi P and Eloise W to mark space rather than players outside the defensive D and both of them picked off two interceptions each in the third quarter. Eloise P and Kitty H marked their space well and were pretty good with rebounds and passes in to the D. Thus, there were moments in the match where the girls played excellent team netball and if this could be replicated on a more consistent basis then they will be a handful for any opposition.