Witham netballers make a promising start to the term!
21 Jan 2015
Witham Hall U13B 12
Maidwell Hall U13A 12
The first match of the season for the under 13 B team was against Maidwell U13A at home on Saturday. The teams were fairly evenly matched and both took time to get into their stride. Both teams shooters were nervous and had difficulty in finding their range but eventually the goals started to be scored and at the end of the first quarter Witham were one goal ahead. The teams traded goals throughout the second quarter and the score was even at 6 all at half time. This trend continued in the final two quarters and the final score was a respectable draw although either team could have snatched victory at the death.
Witham Hall 11
Spalding High School 6
The U13C netball players were eager to get their season underway with a win. It was fortuitous that the match was to be played indoors given the cold weather outside which meant that the girls could focus more on their fast paced passing game.
From the outset, every player was determined and positive which led to accurate and swift passing. This coupled with minimal errors and penalty passes given away, meant the U13C soon took the lead and it stayed that way throughout the whole match.
Tilly Conant filled in very well at Goal Defence at the last minute because Piper Dallimore was injured during the warm up. Tilly swapped at half time to her favoured position of Goal Shooter where she racked up a personal tally of five goals.
Some impressive passing and movement from Abbie Leverton, Leonie Fraser, Olivia Burnett and Chica Maitland in the centre court allowed Witham to control the game. Holly Spragg shot well and during her time on court scored a total of three goals. It was an impressive start to Andrea’s netball career at Witham too – well done and a super start by the whole team!
Witham Hall 13
Maidwell Hall U13B 16
The U12 netball team started their match against Maidwell with determination; however, they were not too slick with their passing and as a result gave away much possession which then put Andrea at GK under pressure. Maidwell consequently scored some goals in quick succession which made it difficult to come back. The bitter cold weather meant that hands were cold and we succumbed too often and fumbled the ball; again another reason for losing possession unnecessarily.
Witham picked up their game in the second quarter by moving the ball more freely down the court. Ella Turner and Holly Spragg scored some vital goals. The third quarter followed a similar pattern of play. The score difference was 5 goals at the start of the final quarter – a tall order to surpass during 12 minutes, but the girls did their best, particularly Anya Batty who did not stop working to defend her goal. This led to Witham winning the final quarter but only by a margin of 2 goals which meant Maidwell maintained their lead by 3 goals to win the match.
Anya was voted player of the match for her energetic and relentless hard work to defend when at WD and then GD for the final quarter. It was a disappointing result – improving the consistency of shooting accuracy and a greater desire to ‘want’ the ball will help greatly as the team look forward to some further victories!
Witham Hall 12
Spalding HS U12A 3
In the U11A teams first match of the season the girls had a great game away against Spalding (particularly considering the slippery floor)! We played back to back games with the U13C team so only had time for two halves of 15 minutes. In the first half after a slow few minutes of just adjusting to the match, the girls started to piece together some lovely play down the court. Sophia Hallam and Harriet Anthony both shot well with both girls scoring 50% of the goals scored in the first half. Georgia Blackman and Sophie Hammilton worked hard in defence only letting one goal in. The half time score was 6-1 to Witham.
In the second half Spalding seemed more organised and scored another 2 goals. Luckily Ella Chandler, Taggie Paganuzzi and Alice Farmer continued to move the ball up court feeding in to Harriet and Zara Williams who scored another 6 goals between them taking the final score to 12-3. Sophie did very well to play on despite an elbow to the nose! A great first game, lots to work on, but lots of potential for a fantastic season – well done!
Witham Hall 17
Maidwell Hall 0
This was a pretty straightforward game from the first whistle. However, it was good to see players playing in less than normal positions and good for every player to play at least three quarters of the game, sometimes without being able to rely on the girls that played U11A last year who were also taking their time off the court.
Each shooter shot for two quarters: Harriet Anthony scored 6 goals (from 9 attempts), Zara Williams scored 6 (from 14 attempts) and Ella Chandler scored 5 (from 7 attempts) – all good early season efforts, well done! Sophia Hallam made some good feeds into the ‘D’ creating opportunities for her shooting partner. Sophie Hamilton and Georgia Blackman held completely firm in defence allowing the opposition little chance to receive the ball in the ‘D’. Bonnie Harris had a promising first outing for the U11A team.
Witham Hall 16
Oundle U12B 5
The first quarter of this match was pretty competitive and ended 2 goals apiece. Both teams had difficulties making attacking opportunities count with decent feeds into the ‘D’. However, the Witham team found the measure of their opposition in the second quarter and started to pull away. From this point they never looked back.
After a slow start Zara Williams made real progress and shot 11 of our goals – well done! Bonnie Harris and Taggie Paganuzzi really started to make an impact in the middle of the court with much improved dodging and marking. However, the stand out player was Alice Farmer who held the game together and whose awareness of space and fitness shone through.
Witham Hall 11
Maidwell Hall 4
The Witham Hall U10 girls met Maidwell on a rather chilly Saturday afternoon. As a team that hadn’t played together yet they quickly started to gel and work together to move the ball up the court. Hera Chatterton and Jemima Paganuzzi did a superb job in our attacking circle, working the ball around with the help of Katie Wraith (captain) in centre. Hera scored 1 while Jemima scored 2 and the defence only let Maidwell have a handful of chances to shoot, from which they scored 1.
In the second quarter the girls continued to play well making lots of interceptions with Sienna McAlpine and Lulie Pumphrey doing particularly well to pick the ball out of the air. We entered our 3rd quarter 5-2 up. Sienna de Gale went into GS and scored 3 lovely goals showing good composure. Emma Garvin also made some good passes into the circle to help out the attack. Poppy Wraith as our only year 4 did a sterling job of keeping up with the pace in WA.
The 4th quarter tested our defence as Maidwell moved the ball well up the court. Arabella Nolan did a good job of marking the GS and preventing several goals. Maidwell voted Katie Wraith player of the match after all her hard work in centre court. This was a good game where many players showed lots of potential.