Team: Jasmine, Izzy, Jess, Emily, Megan, Annabelle, Beattie
Result: Stoneygate 20 v Grantham 22
On 2nd April the U’10 netball team made the long trip to Grantham Prep for their final match of the season.
The girls were prepared for a tough match as we had heard previously that Grantham were currently playing well, so an exciting game was expected.
From the first whistle it was clear that there was little between the two teams, each side looking very alert and playing smart netball. Izzy and Jasmine were on good shooting form and in the first 1/4 they scored 5 goals to Grantham’s 3, a great start. Emily, making an appearance at C, in Bea’s absence, settled quickly to the delivery of the centre pass and she chose precisely the correct moment to release the ball. This important C position was a chance for Emily to show her high fitness level and her ability to adapt to a new position in the team, both of which she did superbly.
The 2nd 1/4 saw Grantham catch up a little as they settled into their game. However their strong defenders had to work hard to stop Izzy and Jasmine, both girls moving so well in the shooting third with precise dodging and changes of direction. Izzy displayed her usual athleticism and was rightly noticed by the Grantham teacher, well done Izzy! Jasmine slowed down her shots at goal and this brought her success, great! Stoneygate scored a further 5 goals to Grantham’s 6, the score at this point 10-9 to Stoneygate. The pressure was building and both teams wanted the win! Megan battled well at WA against a tough WD but she was able to place some strong and important passes into the shooters. Well done Megan, you worked so hard in this match. The defending trio of Jess, Annabelle and Beattie were pouncing on any loose passes, working together to rescue the ball and return it to the attack. Both Annabelle and Beattie’s marking of the shot was excellent and the Grantham shooters were having a difficult time. These two girls have developed into such skilful defenders in the shooting circle.
The 3rd 1/4 began and the game could now have gone any way! A few nerves were tested, from both teams, and the spectators (and umpires!) could feel the atmosphere mounting. Stoneygate switched Megan and Jess around, both girls quite capable but this change was a better match against the opposing girls. The ball was passed quickly from one end to the other and interceptions were being made in every part of the court, both teams so keen to win the ball and deliver it to their own attack. The game was now a real spectacle of netball, a treat to watch and Stoneygate produced some of their best netball of the season, wow! The 1/4 end 16-16…..ooooh! The team talk was difficult as the excitement had taken over – what a fantastic game this was.
The final quarter!! The Grantham centre pass was foiled by Annabelle – the perfect start and a brilliant tip by Annabelle, Izzy sank the distant goal superbly and Stoneygate led 17-16! It was then several minutes before a further goal was scored, all players working their hardest to mark closely and the ball was intercepted or tipped continually by both teams. Grantham then produced 2 quick goals, their team working tightly together. Stoneygate fought back and some sharp play and passes between Annabelle, Emily, Jess and Izzy turned the game momentarily. In defence Beattie scooped up 3! important balls, super! With around 5 minutes remaining, Stoneygate scored a further 3 goals but Grantham netted 4! The final score 22-20 to Grantham. A fantastic match filled with skilful, fast and feisty netball, excellent!
Special mentions go to Beattie – a strong game by her at GK and to Jess for her quick thinking and precise passes into the shooters.
Player of the match goes to Annabelle for her excellent game at GD, not only in the shooting circle but also the vital support she gave in the centre third, well done! (Trophy to be presented after Easter Annabelle)
Mrs S. Frisby