Saturday, 3 February 2018
U13 netball v Malvern St James
Scholarship interviews, sore toes and illness saw us fielding a mixed team of A and B team players as we took on Malvern St James today.
The first quarter was quite even with both teams sharing possession equally but with more success in the MSJ circle than ours. The score at the end of the first quarter was MSJ 4, Abberley 3.
The second quarter was less equally balanced; we struggled with the slippery ball more than MSJ and we lost possession quite a few times for being off side. Elsa worked very hard in this quarter dodging well to receive the ball as we moved up the court but we struggled with locating space and too many of our passes found the opposition rather than our own team. The score at half time was MSJ 9, Abberley 3.
A rejig at half time saw Maria moving in to wing attack, Issy changing to have a go at goal attack, Immy moving to centre and Annabel taking on the challenge of goal keeper. We began this quarter with renewed vigour and looked particularly strong carrying the ball up the court. Improved movement by Kate and Issy in our circle meant that feeds in were more successful and Issy capitalised on our chances well, scoring two great goals. Meanwhile we were tight in defence; Annabel’s height and enthusiasm in their circle meant that rebounds fell to us more often and Arabella marked hard, making some great interceptions. We held MSJ brilliantly in this quarter preventing them scoring any goals whereas we scored twice meaning the score as we entered the final quarter was MSJ 9, Abberley 5.
The final quarter saw some lovely, exciting netball. Both teams fought hard to win the ball. Immy, as centre covered the court brilliantly, working hard both in attack and defence. As a team, we used the space on the court much more efficiently. The support from the sideline, including some lovely singing from Arabella’s little dog, spurred us on brilliantly and we drew the final quarter.
It was great today to see how the girls gelled throughout the course of the game. They have not played together as a team before and they have a lot to be proud of, particularly keeping their heads up and fighting back after the second quarter. Several of them also adapted brilliantly and rose to the challenge of playing out of their normal positions in the second half.
The finals score was MSJ 10, Abberley 6.