05 Apr 2015

1st VII Netball

Witham 18  Stoneygate 8

The 1st VII netball side played a very strong Stoneygate match, just ahead of the IAPS U13 tournament.  With two girls absent from the team, it was going to be a tough ask.  It was time to see the girls step up and work even harder as a team.  Philippa Hix and Hattie Grace found their form right from the start in the shooting circle and gave Witham a quick 4 goals after just 6 minutes of play.  Lottie Bingham and Felicity Bridges Webb worked hard in the attack, looking for the first time ball into the shooters and providing angles and outlet balls around the goal circle.  Defensively, Witham were on top of their game with Poppy Chatterton, Catherine Swanston and Jenna Lloyd really marking tight and making Stoneygate work for every ball.  The first half was super and Witham were leading 10-4 at half time. 

In the second half, Witham had to play safe and steady and wait for the gaps to arrive.  The third quarter saw Witham draw with Stoneygate and we lost our pattern of play a bit, but after the three quarter time talk, Witham were back in play.  The final quarter was super and they played fast, skilful play with set plays and thought behind their manoeuvres.  Well done - a fantastic, tough game.  The final score was Witham 18, Stoneygate 8.

Thank you to all our parents and supporters for coming to support the team in action.

1st VII Netball IAPS U13 Regional Tournament at Uppingham School

Team :  Captains – Hattie Grace, Felicity Bridges Webb; Sophia Ktori, Philippa Hix, Lottie Bingham, Jenna Lloyd, Catherine Swanston, Poppy Chatterton, Isabella Manara

Section games:

V Edge Grove                    Won 9-0

V The Down’s Malvern   Won 6-1

V Bilton Grange                Won 5-3

V Beeston Hall                  Won 7-0

V Kings Ely                         Won 7-3

V Foremarke Hall             Won 3-1

Play-off game (to go through to the final 3 going to the National Finals) v Sedbergh School  Lost 3-6

The 1st VII had a very tough section at the IAPS U13 tournament.  Our region is probably the toughest Regional Tournament to win, with so many schools performing in the top 7 Nationally and competing for just 3 places to go through to the National Finals in Brighton. 

In the first game against Edge Grove, Witham looked on good form and really held their heads and kept to their game plan.  We won 9-0 and played extremely well under pressure.  The next game was against The Down’s, Malvern, again a tight side, with accurate shooters.  Witham played steady and worked the ball patiently, which gave them a 6-1 win.  The third game was going to be very tough indeed, against a very strong Bilton Grange side, who have been unbeaten since September. Witham played out of their skins and produced the best game of netball I have seen this season.  Witham won 5-3 and we were on fire!  The final games against Beeston Hall, Kings Ely and Foremarke Hall were hard and the girls worked incredibly hard every minute of the game.  We won the final three games well, which took Witham into the Play off section.  Witham had to win the next game to head to the Finals in Brighton.  Witham were drawn against a very strong, skilful Sedbergh side.  The game was tight and hard, but Witham made too many mistakes under pressure, which Sedbergh took advantage of.  We lost 3-6 against a better side.  Witham were out of the tournament after winning all their games except one. 

Witham produced some exceptional play in the tournament and the 1st VII team is certainly one of the strongest sides I have coached at U13 level.  Nationally, we are certainly up there with the best and it was unfortunate that we met the teams that will lead the way nationally, in the regional tournament.  We are stronger than ever and the girls couldn’t work any harder for me.  I am very proud of the 1st team and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow in this tournament.  Witham will move into their final games stronger mentally and physically and their netball will take a step up even more.  A tough tournament, but a fantastic day of netball.  Thank you girls and thank you to all our supporters who came to watch them in action.

1st VII Netball v Peterborough HS Under 14A   

Witham 19 

Peterborough HS 8

The 1st VII travelled to Peterborough HS with the Under 9 Netball side to play against an Under 14A side – a tough ask!  However, after the disappointment of the IAPS Tournament, it was time for Witham to make their mark again and dominate this game.  In the first quarter, Witham led 4-1, with some wonderful, tactical play from Poppy Chatterton, Catherine Swanston and Jenna Lloyd, through to Felicity Bridges Webb and Sophia Ktori.  The girls were playing at speed and with skill, which was super to see.  The first time ball came from the mid court, through to the shooting circle enabling Hattie Grace and Isabella Manara to finish off the job and score with confidence and belief.  The half time score was 8-2 and Witham were really playing as a team.  The third quarter seemed a little sloppy with tiredness setting in and the girls losing concentration and Witham lost their flow a bit.  In the final quarter, they were back on track displaying slick, skilful, tactical play, which is a way to win a game 19-8 against a tall, strong Under 14 side.  Well done to all the girls.  Witham were back in action, with determination and belief.  Well done girls and thank you to all our supporters who travelled to watch the girls.

1st/2nd VII:

Witham 21

Lincoln Minster 8

The last match of the season saw a mixed Under 13 A and B team play Lincoln Minster. It took the girls quite some time to find their rhythm as they had not played together before and at the end of the first quarter the score was one goal each. Once Isabella Manara and Philippa Hix found their range they scored freely. Sophie Wass and Catherine Swanston made a formidable team in the defensive third and with assistance from Issy Wass and Jo Jo Chawner they restricted the opposition to only a few scoring opportunities. Sophia Ktori dominated the centre third quickly turning defence into attack and she was able to mark her opponent out of the game much of the time. Lottie Bingham worked tirelessly on the wing feeding the ball positively into the circle. This was an excellent all round performance and a well=deserved win.


Witham 13

Kimbolton 9

The girls played extremely well from start to finish but most particularly in the 2nd quarter which was won 6 – 1.  It meant less pressure in the 3rd and 4th quarter despite losing each of those by one goal.

Sienna Bowman was the deserving winner of player of the match for her relentless effort at creating space from centre.  Isla Campbell impressed me a lot too because of her composure shooting in very windy conditions and her positive motivation of the team throughout the entire match.  There were definite improvements in departments such as passing and defending which opened up space and closed down the opposition respectively. It was a real pleasure to see the girls persevere in some tough conditions.


Witham Hall 6

Lincoln Minster 8

A really great, close match played by the girls and a great way to finish the season. In the first quarter the girls fell slightly behind as they struggled to keep in front of their players leaving Witham behind on 1 goal to Lincoln’s 5 goals. However the girls pulled it together after that, in each subsequent quarter scoring more goals than Lincoln, culminating in the close final score of the game. We had a fantastic attacking team that succeeded in bring the ball down to our goal third quickly through strong passing. As well as this there was some great marking and intercepts from our defence and some incredible shooting. All the girls had marvellous energy and sportsmanship making it a very enjoyable game. Well done girls on a great season.