Friendly V St Aidans
A very inexperienced U12 team had a hard match against a fluent and well-rehearsed St Aidans team. It was evident from the beginning that even at this young age many of the opposing team had a lot of netball experience behind them. Despite efforts to win the ball and maintain possession errors were made in passing that allowed the opposition to maximise their goal scoring opportunities. There is still much to learn and potential to unearth within the Gateways team, but with commitment to practice and continued determined efforts hopefully they result will be fairer next time these two sides meet.
Player of the match Poppy Cavanagh
9 – 12 St Aidens
This was a very two-sided match for the U13, St Aidens took the lead in the first quarter, however the second quarter saw a switch and Gateways pulled it back to a draw. Helen Ebai and Ellie Buck demonstrated strength and speed through the centre court to bring the ball up the court to feed the shooters. As GA Penny Leach supported these efforts by playing deep into the centre third, yet still managing to play her role within the shooting circle; demonstrating a real development in her match fitness. Harrogate took the lead again late into the third quarter and tension remained high as possession regularly switched between the two sides. Despite positive efforts from all players Gateways could not pull back the slowly advancing lead St Aidens were taking and the victory went to the opposition.
Player of the match: Helen Ebai
19 – 2 Prince Henry’s Grammar
With a lead of 9-0 at half-time the team once again used the opportunity to mix things up, showing once again how versatile they are. Libby Bruce showed her decisive decision-making and accuracy of pass; moving the ball swiftly through the attacking end and within the shooting circle. Hannah Wilson moved effortlessly from WD to C showing that she is not only and effective player when in defence. Lucy Church added a third dynamic to the shooting circle, moving in to GS for the last quarter, and scoring several of the goals to extend the lead further.
Player of Match: Libby Bruce
6 – 11 Prince Henry’s Grammar
Taking on Prince Henrys A team was always going to prove a challenging match for the B team. With 4 of the 8 also playing a year up. The team whom had never played together before gelled well and worked as a unit to play the ball down court. Taliya Murray as centered linked the two ends of court well with precise passes and speed of play. Despite the great efforts of players the win was not to be had. To hold the opposition to a lead of only 5 goals demonstrates the commitment and passion the girls had.
Player of the Match: Taliya Murray
U13 5 – 13 Harrogate Grammar
Playing in a friendly the U13s took on a very strong and highly skilled Harrogate Grammar team. Despite a solid game were the girls pulled together well as a team showing a great amount of effort, they could not gain the upper hand. The team defended well to hold of the advancement of goals from a very fast paced opposition. With two tall and athletic defenders in our attacking circle it made for a tough job for Penny Leach and Sarah Bentley. Despite their determined perseverance to win the ball and score goals Harrogate took the lead early on and Gateways could not pull it back. .
Player of the match Ellie Buck