Netball News

07 Feb 2018

1st VII v Stamford HS 1st VII

Witham – 22
Stamford – 2

The 1st VII team travelled away to Stamford to play against a strong, tall 1st team.  Witham started off extremely strong and really started to show their true potential.  Witham scored the first 5 goals easily, giving our shooters confidence and belief. Just before quarter time, Stamford scored twice, bringing the score to 7-2. The second quarter was again consistent, with Witham’s defence really starting to take the lead and dominate Stamford’s attacking circle. The score at half time was Witham 15, Stamford 2. Witham started to make a few silly decisions at the beginning of the second half under pressure, rushing their shots and passes. The defence had to work very hard to keep the ball out of the goal circle. Three quarter time score was Witham 22, Stamford 2. The last quarter was difficult, with players struggling in the cold and making silly decisions. It was a great first half, with snippets of excellence.  Well done to all the girls and parents/supporters, who battled hard on a very cold evening.

U12A v Stamford HS U12B

Witham – 12
Stamford – 7

The first match for our U12As was against a very tall Stamford U12B team. We started well with some great play in the attack and key interceptions from our defence. The teams were evenly matched with the ball spending most of the time in the centre third, with both sides having equal possession. This meant it was still all to play for at half time with Witham only just ahead. Our third quarter was by far our best. Our defence worked hard to ensure that Stamford were not able to score at all in those 10 minutes and expertly distributed the ball to our attacking players. Our shooters were on good form and allowed us to further our lead going into the final 10 minutes. However, we couldn’t get complacent as the Stamford girls had proved they were capable of scoring given the opportunity. All the girls worked hard on getting into space, moving the ball quickly through the channels and continued to work tirelessly in defence to keep us ahead right up until the final whistle.

2nd/3rd VII v Stamford 2nd VII

Witham – 9
Stamford – 12

Witham travelled to Stamford for this late fixture in cold conditions. Both teams started slowly and took time to adapt to the pace of the game. The defence on both teams was particularly strong making the shooters task difficult. The teams were evenly matched and traded goals throughout the first three quarters. In the final quarter Stamford pulled ahead and finished the game three goals in front. This was a good all-round performance from the whole team.

U11A v Foremarke Hall U11A

Witham – 21
Foremarke – 1

This was an impressive match from the U11As with lots of ‘safe’ efficient netball on show. Every attempt that the Foremarke girls made to attack was broken down and turned to a Witham advantage. The shooters were on good form displaying consistency and focus throughout the match. Well done girls!

U11A v Stamford HS U12A

Witham – 9
Stamford – 10

This was a tough match against a very tall U12A team from Stamford. In every area of the court the girls were faced with a ‘wall’ of Stamford arms. The U11A team made a promising start going one up after a few minutes. However, they struggled to maintain the intensity of movement and the courage needed to support every passing opportunity. At quarter time the girls found themselves 1-3 down. In the second quarter the Stamford girls pulled away further and at half time the Witham girls, although being very much still in the match, found themselves 2-10 down.

In the second half it was great to see the girls undeterred by their challenge and just getting stuck in and keeping up the pressure. Defensively Rose and Mollie began to close down the Stamford shooters and in fact Stamford were unable to convert any further attacking opportunities throughout the second half. Gradually the girls clawed themselves back into the match eventually losing by just one goal, 9-10. Charlotte really upped her game as the match progressed, Bunny showed some real spirit and tenacity under pressure and Eliza was superb all game. Well done – a good effort!

U11 mix v St Hugh’s U11A

Witham – 13
St Hugh’s – 3

This was keenly fought match with both teams having a good deal of the ball. While the Witham girls started dynamically, with a lot of attacking moves into their ‘D’ they were only able to convert 8 of their 17 chances in the first half. In the second half there were some good passages of play, but more mistakes, which was a shame. Nevertheless this was a decisive victory and Shavali can be pleased with her pace and attacking play, Izzie with her goal scoring (also voted player of the match) and Bunny with her versatility. Mollie was a good Captain and the team worked well together with good spirit on show.