WITHAM JUNIOR BOYS AND GIRLS ENJOY THEIR LAST NETBALL AND FOOTBALL MATCHES OF THE TERM!

08 Apr 2015

U8 Girls:

Witham U8A loses 2-3 vs Stamford JS 

The Under 8A team played against a very slick Stamford JS Under 8 team.  It was a high five game, so it gave every player plenty of the ball and time to demonstrate all the skills they had worked on this season.  Stamford had very strong shooters and soon got off to a flying start.  By quarter time the score was Witham 0, Stamford 1.  Witham had to get their passing a little bit more accurate and take their time when shooting.  The centre passes were working well and Witham were back in the game.  Some excellent defending by Millie Atkinson, Matilda Halford and  Rose Allport, enabled Daisy Smith - Maxwell and Eleanor Tickler to bring the ball up to the mid court, which gave our game some flow.  At half time the score was still 0-1 to Stamford.  In the second half, Witham had a few changes and the aim was to score a goal quickly to get us off the mark.  Charlotte Welch did and Witham started to get going.  Mollie Deaton made some wonderful passes into the circle, which gave Witham more opportunities.  Another goal was scored in the final minutes by Witham, making the score 2-2.  Stamford, with a minute to go, passed the ball into the circle and it went through the goal, right from the edge of the circle, giving them a 3-2 lead, with seconds to spare.  The final whistle went and the score was 3-2 to Stamford.  A great game throughout.  Well done all the Year 3 girls and the Year 4 girls that came to help.

Witham Hall U8B wins 9-0 vs Stamford U8B

The Witham U8 girls had a superb match against Stamford on Friday. The whole team have improved so much, from their knowledge of the game, to their technical skills. Witham won the first quarter 3-0 with Stamford barely getting the ball out of their defending end. Izzie Leverton and Rosie Johnson both shot very well, barely missing a shot between them! The second quarter added another 3 goals to our total while our super defence intercepted almost every ball; Rachel Leckey and Shivali Patel did particularly well and showed tremendous improvement. Isabelle Blythe was on the brink of tears with nerves at the beginning of the match but after just minutes of playing she was smiling from ear to ear and moving the ball around in centre court. The final score was 9-0 to Witham, with 5 very happy U8 netballers, and 1 very proud coach.

U9/8 Girls:

Witham Hall U9A/B wins 4-0 vs Wellow U9A  

The girls started well with Rose Brassey and Sophie Marshall passing the ball successfully down the court to Josie Turner to score the first goal rapidly. In the second quarter, the girls continued to defend well especially GD star Maddie Bryars. At half time it was 2-0. The Witham attacking players carried on showing superb teamwork and Eleanor Tickler and Isabella Beattie started to form little routines to feed the ball into the D. Matilda Craven and Josie Turner worked well as a shooting pair helping each other aim at goal. The final score was 4-0 to Witham. Well played girls!

Witham Hall U9B/U98 loses 1-4 vs Spratton Hall

The first quarter this game could have gone either way. Both teams were equally matched and there was lots of competition for the ball. Towards the end of the quarter though, Spratton found some holes in the Witham defence and scored 2 goals quickly. The Witham centre court players of Rose Brassey, Millie Atkinson, Eleanor Tickler and Lilia Dunn tried hard to win the ball back but were a little too nice not snatching the ball away from their opposition. Bit by bit Witham became more determined to get the ball. The defence pair of Maddie Bryars and Rose Allport performed some great interceptions in the D, stopping Spratton from having more chances at goal. When Witham attacked they did it well, with some beautiful patterns down the court. Charlotte Welch and Isabella Beattie had some good shots at goal, but it took us to the last quarter to get a goal in, by Isabella. The girls did well but the closely fought game was won by Spratton 4-1.

Witham Hall U9/8 to Laxton U9A Tournament

The Witham U9 and U8 girls have had a rather busy term of Netball gaining lots of valuable match experience. Another new experience for the girls came in the form of Laxton’s U9A Tournament. With the school play keeping the majority of the U9A girls busy the U8 girls stepped up to the challenge! They had a tough first game against a very well drilled and tall Kimbolton team but as the girls grew in confidence they started to piece together some nice netball. Our best matches resulted in draws, one against Stamford Junior and the other against The Grove, which we were unfortunate not to win. Rose Allport was outstanding all afternoon, Charlotte Welch was our only goal scorer making some lovely shots, and Eleanor Tickler showed great progress throughout the afternoon. It was a full on afternoon for the girls, their enthusiasm stayed high, despite the temperature dropping – really well done to all of the girls!

Witham Hall U9/U10B loses 1-11 vs Leicester Grammar U9A

An Under 9 netball team minus all the girls rehearsing for the school play, plus a couple of year fives who saved the day and helped out, travelled to Great Glen to play the Leicester Grammar girls. Witham took some time to really get going against well drilled opponents. The Leicester shooters were very consistent and kept the score ticking over as the game progressed. The Witham defence worked hard in an attempt to restrict Leicester’s possession.  In the second half Witham gained in confidence and had more shots on goal eventually scoring their only goal of the game.

Witham U9B draws 4-4 vs Kimbolton (High Five game)

Team :  Isabella Beattie, Tilly Craven, Daisy Smith- Maxwell, Eleanor Tickler, Sophie Marshall 

The girls started their game quite slow and it took time for them to get used to each other and their positional play.  Isabella Beattie and Tilly Craven worked well in the circle, but had difficulty putting in the long shots.  The mid court flow from Daisy Smith Maxwell and Sophie Marshall was starting to happen, with Eleanor Tickler defending hard to win the ball for Witham.  Kimbolton had very accurate shooters and put in two quick goals, just before the quarter time whistle.  After a team talk and a change of positions, the girls started to get their game together in the second quarter.  The score at half time was Witham 1, Kimbolton 3.  Witham had to start believing and take their time when the ball was in the goal circle.  The third quarter was tight, with Kimbolton scoring again.  With one quarter to go, Witham were losing 1-4.  Mrs Welch gave a very strong, simple game tactic for the last quarter and a ‘belief’ talk, which certainly gave the girls a boost.  The shooting unit started to believe and the goals were popping in for Witham.  This was a fantastic team effort all the way from defence; Tilly Craven, Daisy Smith- Maxwell, through to mid court Eleanor Tickler and to the shooting pair of Isabella Beattie and Sophie Marshall.  A wonderful finish to a game and a game the girls won’t forget.  A lot of lessons were learnt from this match, which will take them into next season with more belief and  the ‘will to win’ and not be beaten!  Well done girls – I look forward to seeing more next season.  Thank you to all our parents and supporters who came to watch their last game.

Witham Hall U9A draws 5-5 vs Kimbolton (high five)

On the last Thursday of term the U9A and U9B teams met Kimbolton for their final match of the term. The girls all worked their socks off and pulled together as a team; both sides were evenly matched and the final result reflected the skill level and effort of both teams fairly. Witham led all of the way through the match until the final quarter when Kimbolton just caught us off guard and popped the equaliser past our defence. Despite more than a few injuries and Witham playing with just 4 girls for a while they all did really well and fought hard for their 5-5 draw. A superb season for all of the U9 girls, really well done on all the progress you have made.

WITHAM U9/8 BOYS:

Witham U9A v Wellow House – Final Score 6-4 win to Witham

It was the last game of the season for the U9As against Wellow House at home. The game started brightly with both sides going close. But it was Wellow who scored the first goal as Witham failed to clear the ball. That didn’t deter Witham as they pressed for the equaliser and thanks to a fine strike from Louis Batty, they got it. Continued pressure from Witham resulted in them taking the lead through an excellent goal from Guy Hurst. At half time the score was 2-1 to Witham. The game was close and in the second half Wellow really upped the pace and soon had equalised. Witham were shell shocked and as a result their grip on the game weakened, resulting in Wellow taking the lead - 3–2. At this point it was hard to see anything beyond a Wellow win, but the Witham boys had other ideas. Louis Batty had fought all afternoon in midfield and picked up his second goal of the match to bring the score to 3-3. Then up stepped Charlie Rymer who took his goal well to give Witham a 4-3 lead. But despite conceding two goals in a only a few minutes, Wellow were not finished yet and equalised with only 5 minutes remaining of the match 4-4. But then up stepped Guy Hurst whose stunning long range effort rocketed into the roof of the net to give Witham a 5-4 lead. The Witham pressure continued and George Vergerson-Rowley struck the ball through a crowd of players in the penalty box, to give Witham a further lead 6-4. The final whistle went, what a match! 6-4 to Witham, but an excellent effort from Wellow.

Witham Hall U8s mini competition with Wellow U9B

Witham Hall 1 v Wellow House 2-1

Witham Hall 2 v Welow House  0-1

Witham Hall 3 v Wellow House 0-1

On Wednesday 18th March, Witham Hall hosted a mini U8 football ‘Round Robin Competition’ against Wellow House. This saw all of the year 3 boys participate, in what was a great afternoon of football. Both home and away teams all played really well and there were some great plays in all matches. A big thank you as well to both Witham Hall and Wellow House parents who came to support and cheer for.