Shrewsbury School

Netball: A great start to the new season

Friday 18 January 2019

A block fixture against Moreton Hall on Wednesday got the Netball season off to a flying start, with strong performances from all our teams.

1st VII
The 1st VII started strongly with some good attacking moves from Jetty Russell (G) and Amelie Davies (MSH) in the circle and we were 6-1 up after five minutes. Moreton then changed their tactical play and we found it more difficult to get the ball into the circle and create shooting opportunities and at the end of the first quarter they had narrowed our lead to 9-5. The second quarter was low scoring from both teams, but some outstanding defensive play from both Katie Oswald (MSH) and Lizzie Ware (MSH) gave us a 12-6 lead at the half time whistle.

We began the second half of the match with some excellent court play and extended our lead to 19-10. Then the long Christmas break took its toll and the quality of our passing suffered in the last five minutes, allowing Moreton back into the game. However, we held on to our lead and the match finished 23-16. A well-deserved win.

2nd VII
A solid performance for the first game of the season for the 2nd VII. A fantastic first quarter gave us an 8-1 lead after 12 minutes with some excellent shooting from Charlotte Roberts (MSH). We had a poor second quarter, as we changed positions around a little, which changed the dynamics too much and we found it harder to get the ball to the shooters. In the third quarter, Shrewsbury started passing more accurately again, with Ella Windle (G) commanding play down the court and thus we extended our lead to 17-7. Some excellent defensive play from Gemma Kershaw (M) and Phoebe Morris (EDH) supported by Saffron Milner (M) limited Moreton’s scoring opportunities and the game finished 26-11. A great start to the season.

The first quarter saw Shrewsbury in the lead with 7 gaols to 1, thanks to Annabel Cox (EDH) and Isobel Hatton (MSH). Moreton Hall changed tactics in the second quarter and tightened their defence, but with excellent centre court play shown by Captain Nell Ware (MSH) and Kate Brunskill (MSH), the U15s stayed ahead 14-3. The third quarter saw both teams work extremely hard and both defensive and attacking plays were strong, but Shrewsbury were still ahead with the score of 20-7. Hester Lockett (M), Isabell Shannon (G) and Phoebe Watkins (MSH) did a fantastic job in defence with countless intercepts in the circle and always available for rebounds. Tabitha Winkley (G) and Georgina Cooper (G) displayed terrific attacking play in the centre court also. The final score saw the team win 30-10. Player of the Match was Annabel Cox.

The U15B team played strongly against their Moreton Hall opponents, leading in every quarter of the match. Well-polished shooting skills from Lottie Waterhouse (EDH), Poppy Stephens (MSH) and Annabel Southern (MSH) towards the end of the match, strong centre attack from Ella Biggs (M) and Faye Monk (MSH) and excellent defence by Eve Llewellyn (G) meant that Shrewsbury recorded a narrow, but well-deserved victory. The final score was 7-5.

The 14As had a really competitive game against Moreton. We took the lead early in the first quarter, but Moreton were able to apply pressure and keep themselves in it, so at half time we were 4-3 up. Shrewsbury had more of the play than their opponents and extended their lead to 5-3 quickly into the third quarter. A few errors allowed Moreton to get back into the game and a last-minute goal from them meant it finished all square, 7-7. A solid performance, with areas to work on for their next match.

Our girls dominated throughout the majority of the game, thanks to some slick passing and good use of defenders. Una Noor Hunte-Singh (M) did us proud, playing three quarters as centre, ensuring the ball made it down to the goal area on numerous occasions. Some fantastic defence from Keulemans (MSH), Gibson (EDH), Northover (MSH) and Thompstone (EDH) ensured that Moreton were never in possession of the ball for long and Anastasiia Rybina (MSH) scored three beautiful goals, accompanied by a goal from Sophia Urquhart (EDH). Both Harriet Bane (MSH) and Kate Aksenova (EDH) made superb use of their positions of wing attack; both of them aided centre in ensuring that the shooters had ample opportunity to attempt a goal. Had it not been for Moreton’s strong goalkeeper (who was later nominated as the players’ player) I’m sure the score would have been very different. Some great work all round, with lovely leading from captain Annabel; it was a pleasure umpiring the game.

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