U11A&B Netball v Grantham Prep (A) 3.00pm
Venue: AWAY NG31 7UF
Coaches: Miss Wood & Mrs Bonner-Mackenzie
Lunch Time: 12.40pm
Start Time: 3.00pm
Approx Finish/Return Time: 5.30pm
Change first break. Water bottles – Aurora and Phoebe. Balls – Jasmine. Bibs – Annabel S and Annabel T. First aid – Beth and Freya
The U11 A’s met a disciplined Grantham team on Wednesday in their next away match. Arriving to gale-force winds thanks to Storm Gareth, the game began. Grantham had the upper hand from the start, adopting short, low passes to counteract the wind. The home team scored in quick succession ending the first half 6-0. St Hugh’s adapted their play and began using their shorter stature to their advantage by using more bounce passes; this enabled an increase in possession in the second half. St Hugh’s worked extremely hard against the wind and saw many goal scoring opportunities, but the elusive goal never came. The final score stood at 11-0 to Grantham.
Well done to all the girls for a great team game; they never let their heads drop and worked together throughout.
The U11B team played a close match against Grantham Prep in very high winds. The girls coped remarkably well with the difficult conditions and were the first to score, down in no small part to some excellent attacking play from Phoebe W, Annabel T and Freya B, whose quick and accurate passing got the ball into our D almost straight away. The score was 1-1 at the end of the first quarter and we looked set to give Grantham a tough game.
The second quarter proved trickier, with Grantham warming up and scoring again, meaning they were up 2-1 by half time. The wind continued to prove difficult in the second half of the game – Phoebe and Hattie stayed very calm when shooting despite the wind (and a very tall GK!) and had some really close shots.
The score remained 2-1 by the end of the 3rd quarter, but the action shifted to Grantham’s attacking third for the final quarter. The defenders worked hard to try and get the ball out of the D but, against Grantham’s determination, struggled to take full advantage of backline passes. There was still fantastic movement on court and some really determined marking.
Although the girls eventually lost the game 4-1, with Grantham scoring twice in the final quarter, their communication and team-work remained impressive throughout and some brilliant netball was played – well done girls!