Witham U11 and U9 Netball Report!

04 Feb 2015

U11A:

Witham Hall 6

Laxton JS 6

Witham Hall 5

Stamford JS 3

The Witham girls faced two tough matches as Stamford last week. The first was against a very athletic Laxton JS team and we did well to keep a pace with them in the early stages. The weather was really pretty vile, with high winds and bitter temperatures. For most of the match we played catch up and were hence rather lucky that the final whistle blew when we had just drawn level. However, this was a good fighting performance in tricky conditions. The girls will, though, need to ‘up their game’ for any future encounters with this team and make sure that they don’t give them as many chances underneath the goal post. Harriet Anthony: 4 goals; Zara Williams: 2 goals.

Against Stamford the team started more positively and quickly swept to a 2-0 lead. However, they girls could not maintain their momentum and by half time had lost their advantage and it was 2-2. The beginning of the second half once again saw much competitive play before Witham pulled away to win 5-3. The shooting consistency needs to improve – there were 8 goals missed in this game alone. Harriet Anthony: 2; Zara Williams: 1; Jemima Paganuzzi: 2.

Witham Hall  15

Spratton Hall 2

Witham dominated this match from the outset. There was never any doubt about the result. However, it was terrific to see Lottie Sharman playing so well for the A team for the first time: her team work with Harriet Anthony was impressive. Defensively, Sophie Hamilton and Georgia Blackman stopped pretty much everything as soon as the ball was anywhere near them. Bonnie Harris impressed with much improved all round skills.

Harriet: 4 goals; Zara Williams: 5 goals; Ella Chandler: 6 goals.

U11B:

Witham Hall 8

Laxton JS 3

Witham played a superb game of netball against a skilful Laxton side. Jemima Paganuzzi shot very well scoring 5 goals in total, whilst Lottie Sharman (captain) distributed the ball around well supporting her team mates. Mia Paylor made a great return to U11 netball after injury and scored 3 goals in 12 minutes. In defence Chloe Howard and Lulie Pumphrey showed great tenacity and managed to limit Laxton’s accurate shooters to just 3 goals.

Witham Hall U11B 2

Stamford U11B 2

As the wintery weather picked up Witham played their second game of the afternoon, this time against Stamford. Witham had a poor start missing a lot of shots and failing to communicate around the circle. At half time Stamford had the majority of the possession and were 1-0 up. In the second half Mia Paylor’s hard work paid off and Witham scored their first goal to even the score line up. Stamford reacted quickly to take the lead at 2-1. Thankfully after a brief interlude for a snow blizzard, Zara Williams scored the final goal of the match to make it 2 all.

Witham Hall  6

Oundle U12C  3

It is safe to say Oundle had the height advantage in this fixture, and certainly used it to their advantage. In the first 3rd of the match Oundle scored 2 good goals while Witham just managed the 1. After a team talk the girls started to work out how to play around Oundle, use the space and used different passes. The attack did a fantastic job scoring 4 goals! Lottie Sharman worked particularly hard in this 3rd in the centre court. Going into the final 3rd Witham scored one more goal to take their total to 6, all of which were scored by Jemima Paganuzzi; the defence did a sterling job to keep the tall shooters down to just 3 goals. A great 6-3 win for Witham!

Witham Hall U11B v Spratton Hall U10A

Witham Hall 9

Spratton Hall 11

With illness and absence resulting in a different U11B formation, it took the girls a little while to adjust. The first third was a little slow from Witham with Spratton taking a 3-1 lead. Sophia Hallam scored our first goal. Witham then got themselves a bit better organised and began to look dangerous in the second play drawing the quarter 3-3 with Bea Cadman scoring 3 lovely goals. Mia Paylor had a tough time of it, competing against a very strong GD, but her determination and hard work paid off as she began to beat her to the ball and dodge around her.

Into the third quarter, Georgina Eatch really upped her game and made a real impact on Spratton’s attack; whilst Katie Wraith worked meticulously to keep up with their feisty centre. Witham drew this third as well but still trailed by 2 goals. In the final quarter Witham looked like they might just be able to catch Spratton but their shooters were very accurate and managed to take the final score to 11-9.  This was a good hard fought game – good try U11B!

U11C:

Witham Hall   2

Oundle U12C  10

After a quick U11B v U11C match, the U11C then went on to play Oundle U12C. It seemed that tired legs were not going to hold these girls back as they were the first to put points on the board, with a lovely goal from Bea Cadman. Unfortunately for Witham, Oundle started to string some strong passes together and their GA really found her stride, scoring 4 goals in the first 3rd. Katie Wraith worked very hard, especially considering she doubled up and also played for the U11B team! The final score was 10-2 to Oundle.

U9A

Witham Hall  2

The Peterborough School U10A  8

It was a rather windy day on Wednesday so the Under 9s and 11s played in the sports hall. Witham got off to a flying start with Bella Fox scoring the first goal within minutes. However, Peterborough then defended strongly for the rest of the match. There were some beautiful moments of play and some quick balls between the centre court players Sophie Marshall, Matilda Craven, Daisy Smith-Maxwell and Poppy Wraith. In the second third Witham started well again with Josie Turner scoring a marvellous goal from quite a distance. The Witham defence was also strong and Gigi Granger and Charlotte Bingham stopped the Peterborough girls from increasing their score. But sadly this didn’t last, and in the final third Peterborough had a run of goals. The final score was 8-2 to Peterborough.