Netball Results September 2018

Netball Results September 2018

Wednesday 19 September - Finborough School

U9 Blue: Lost 2-8
Player of the match: Romilly Glover

U9 Red: Lost 2-7
Player of the match: Harriet Smith 

On a very windy day we played Finborough school. We had to transfer the matches indoors for safety and both teams then played back to back, one quarter at a time, switching over so that they only sat off for 7 minutes. Much to my surprise and delight my 1st team captain and Senior school Head Girl (2006), Beckki Hatwell walked through the door with the Finborough teams. The matches both began very evenly, however once Finborough adjusted to the indoor space they started to dominate both matches. Culford saved their best performances for the last quarters where both the Blue and Red teams scored 2 goals each and managed to draw this quarter, so they both finished the matches on a high. The games were very closely fought on the court and it is great to see 7 and 8 year olds developing their understanding of the game. I would encourage all parents to celebrate netball at this age and not the result. Encouragement and cheering should not be limited to one side, but to everyone on the court.

"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but how they recover when they fall." Serena Williams

 

Wednesday 12 September 2018 - Barnadiston Hall

U9 Blue: Lost 9-0
Player of the match: Romilly Glover

This was the first match of the season and for some their first match ever. Netball on this occasion came second. The most important part of a first away game is how the girls behave on the minibus, how they represent the school the host school and whether the match team is good and that they can socialise with their opponent. The drive to Barnardiston was a joy with 7 and 8-year-olds singing ‘The Greatest Showman songs’ like angels. The netball match was never really one sided as the result suggests, Barnardiston were well organised and had more shots and converted their chances. Match tea was a sociable event with both teams walking to tea holding hands with an opponent and then chatting over chips and beans. Back on the bus and more singing and lots of laughter. On our return Mr Schofield Headmaster Prep school walked past the bus and an Upper First girl said ‘he’s a lovely man, so kind and caring and soft’. The joys of taking a U9 netball match is actually not really about the netball at all, but everything else that goes with it. There will be plenty of time in the future when it is all about the game. This was their first stepping stone on their long netball journey.

U9 Red: Won 4-1
Player of the match: Harriet Smith

It was the first match for lots of the girls today and the Red team performed well.  They turned the ball over well and managed to find each other as they passed the ball down the court, at times it was like the ball was a honeypot with all girls chasing it, but after talking to them about sticking with a player most of them managed to achieve this in the next quarter.  Harriet Smith and Kaisa Frey linked well together throughout and Harriet was successful in scoring two goals this game, her game progressed, and she was moving well into space giving her the title of MVP this game.