Sunday, 25 February 2018
U11A & B v Pinewood
The U11A started the game with a lot of enthusiasm but not much style. We rushed around demonstrating our bundles of energy but the passing was a little wayward and our shooters could not find the net. As the minutes ticked by we started to settle and Izzy managed two quick goals, only to be matched at the other end by the very accurate shooting of the tall Pinewood GS. 2-2 at quarter time.
A couple of changes to positions and all the girls but some lovely play together. Francis as always working hard in defence, Emma in the centre and Lottie and Izzy started to find the net. Half time it was 6-5 to us.
In the last two quarters the girls really started to gel, Beth at WA fed some great passes into our shooter, Bella took interceptions, Sylvie marked well, and Hattie picked up balls at GK. Congratulations to Molly for playing for the first time with the A team, it was fast and furious at time but they finished with a victory 11-8. Well done.
It was wonderful to have the position of the sun as an additional consideration when choosing which way to shoot at the beginning of the under 11B match against Pinewood today and I am quite sure our numerous dedicated spectators were pleased by its warming glow.
Abberley were well warmed up for the start of the match and started with gusto. Accurate passes and plenty of movement from Anastasia, Minty and Olivia in the first quarter saw us hold a good proportion of the possession. In defence Apple and Poppy worked well too intercepting several balls and allowing only two goals against us. Of our numerous attempts on goal Emily and Cecily scored three, meaning we finished the first quarter with a score of Abberley 3, Pinewood 2.
The second and third quarters saw a change around of position: Cecily moved in to defence and Poppy had a go at shooting. The possession in these quarters was more balanced and so it was unsurprising perhaps that they were both drawn 1 goal each. The score at the end of the third quarter was Pinewood 4, Abberely 5.
In the final quarter we looked a bit tired. A few too many misdirected passes and bunching of players meant that our progress up the court was often interrupted and despite Meadow and Olivia working hard in defence Pinewood managed to score further two goals where our attempts on goal were unsuccessful.
At the end of a well-balanced and hard fought match the score was Abberley 5, Pinewood 6.