Well done to all the year 3 girls who played their first netball matches for Stoneygate on Monday.
Pictured above are Tilly, Lola, Shonali, Karan and Imara.
Today the Year 3 girls had their first netball matches which were at home against Stamford.
We had 3 teams and the captains were Poppy, Karan and Beatrice – well done to them.
Poppy’s team Stoneygate 1, Stamford 2 Goals – Lyla – 1 Player of the match – Poppy
Karan’s team Stoneygate 2, Stamford 0. Goals – Imara – 2 Player of the match – Shonali
Beatrice’s team Stoneygate 5, Stamford 0. Goals – Isabella H – 4, Darcy – 1 Player of the match – Isabella H
All the girls played well and Mrs Cave and I were particularly pleased with how they moved round the court to find space, used their chest and shoulder passes and defended their opposition.
A fantastic start to the season girls, very well done and keep up the hard work.
U11B Netball v Grantham
Wednesday 14th October
Team: Annie, Eleanor, Gizella, Tasia, Ivana, Evie, Joanna, Amy and Millie(Captain)
Although this is the Hockey term, we had one netball fixture against Grantham last week, as they only play netball. The girls had just one practice but went into the match with confidence and determination.
It was quite clear after a very strong first quarter from the Stoneygate girls with 4 goals from Amy, 2 from Evie and strong defensive work from Millie and Joanna that we were going to have to move everybody out of position to make a game of it. Annie played well at WA and then WD and Joanna had a great second half as GA scoring 4 goals. Evie went on to score a further 3 and Amy a further 5 goals. Gizella and Tasia both had good games in defence, intercepting well and Eleanor had a cracking second half as centre. Ivana had a particularly busy second half and was also fabulous in defence.
Grantham chose Millie as their player of the match, which was well deserved due to some very fast accurate passing. Evie deserves a special mention for her movement round the court, reading the game so well and some great interceptions. Special mention also to our brilliant shooters – Amy (8), Evie (5) and Joanna(4).
Final score: Stoneygate 17, Grantham 5
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
Girls U12B Netball v Oakham U12C team
On Wednesday 26th March – Away
Team: Hattie G (Capt.), Charlotte W, Charlotte N, Maddie C-S, Rakhi N and Caitlin G.
Unfortunately, we were one player short due to injuries and the fact that every girl in the Senior school (Years 5-8) were playing in matches today, so there were no spares. Rather than cancel the fixture, we borrowed a player from Oakham.
Having won the toss, we elected to have the first centre pass. Oakham began strongly taking an early lead but we soon equalised. Towards the end of the quarter, Oakham scored twice, giving them a 3-1 lead.
The second quarter saw our best performance. Maddie kept her concentration making some superb interceptions and linking the play very well. She made numerous accurate passes straight to our shooters under pressure. Both of the Charlottes worked hard against fairly tall opposition. This was quite an even quarter with Oakham scoring four goals to our three.
In the third and final quarters several of our players began to tire a little and our performance suffered. Caitlin and Rakhi took most of the opportunities that they were given to score but at the other end of the court, Hattie, in defence, struggled alone to prevent Oakham from scoring. Our borrowed player was playing Goal Keeper for us but I’m sure her heart wasn’t quite in the game (as you would expect when playing against your own team!).
Final score: Stoneygate lost 6-21
Special mention to Charlotte W for her consistent hard work.
Player of the match: Maddie whose fitness and agility about the court made a significant difference.
Team: Jasmine, Izzy (Captain), Emily, Bea, Megan, Annabelle, Beattie
Result: Stoneygate 21 v Grace Dieu 1
This was a very one-sided game with Grace Dieu not able to compete with the Stoneygate netballers. However it was good to see that Grace Dieu enjoyed playing and it gave them the chance to gain further experience.
By half time the score was 11 – 1 to Stoneygate so at this point, to aim for a challenge and to keep our level of concentration, we changed the whole team round so that everyone was out of their familiar and comfortable position. It boosted the girls’ thinking and each player then had a target. It was very interesting to see the girls cope with this and at the same time maintain their level of play. They proved that ‘a good netballer can play anywhere’, as the coach’s saying goes! The second half also showed what a supportive team this group are, with everyone working hard for each other.
Stoneygate’s score continued to rise and the girls did themselves proud. Well done everyone, a super score of 21 – 1, with some stylish netball.
Mrs S. Frisby
U13/12 girls netball v Ratcliffe – Wednesday 12th March – Away
We were due to play U13A, U12A and U12B netball at Ratcliffe but after a change of start times (from 2.30 – 4.40) quite a few girls were unavailable due to after school commitments. With only fifteen girls playing we were only able to field two teams and these were a little mixed.
Amber (who captained the side very well), Annie R, Kezia, Sophie, Rakhi, Charlotte N, Caitlin and Hattie G played against the Ratcliffe U12 team who were extremely competent. We struggled from the start to break down the fluent, very quick passes from Ratcliffe. Annie worked extremely hard trying to link the play in centre court but found it hard as the opposition were so tall. Caitlin showed great improvement in her movement and passes. Hattie worked very hard, trying to keep the ball from their shooters but tired a little towards the end. Amber defended well using her height to intercept.Sophie and Kezia converted most of the opportunities that they were given but unfortunately there weren’t a lot of them. Overall we found it difficult to cope with the fast pace of the game that Ratcliffe played but in true Stoneygate fashion we didn’t give up!
Player of the match goes to Annie for her resilience on court and the fact that she gave 100% constantly.
Final score: 18-6 to Ratcliffe
Result: HALF TIME – STONEYGATE 2 – Stamford 4 FULL TIME – STONEYGATE 9 – Stamford 4 !
Team: Jasmine, Izzy (Captain), Emily, Bea, Jess, Annabelle, Beattie
The U’10 A Team made the trip to Stamford on Friday 7th March in glorious sunshine. As the season nears to an end the girls are rapidly improving their netball skills and team play and they were keen to display just that against Stamford. The main hitch at the moment is to get this team to start their matches more positively and so after Stoneygate’s usual tentative start, by half time the score was 2-4. Team talk needed!
The second half began and the idea that the game might easily be lost seemed to spur the girls to play to their strengths and not to over think the pass. With the score in mind, the girls relaxed and began to play! They were a different team, far more positive and even a little cross with themselves. The girls played so well in the 3rd quarter that Stamford were unable to score and Izzy and Jasmine netted 4 goals between them. We now led the match 6-4, the 3rd quarter having no resemblance whatsoever to the first half!! Phew, the girls were so determined to win this match.
Final quarter – our defence retrieving everything that came their way, passes became flat and accurately placed into space ahead of the player, all goal attempts went in, centre passes were stylish, fast and produced a goal. Stoneygate scored a further 3 goals and Stamford, again, nil, the girls produced a truly remarkable comeback to secure the 9-4 victory. This game was clearly a game of two halves, but with the same team playing!
This was a good ‘crowd pleaser’ and indeed ‘coach pleaser’! How very exciting it was to watch and umpire. Well done everyone, you all played your part in this win.
Special mention goes to Emily, WA, who played with positive movement, very sound footwork and delivered perfectly timed and vital passes into the shooting circle – a great game Emily.
Player of the Match goes to Izzy, who at GA played a huge part in defence, retrieving the ball, quickly passing and moving to the correct shooting position to then score. This was a super example of how an attacking player has an important defensive role. You were a key player in this victory Izzy, brilliant!
Mrs S. Frisby
U13 Netball match Stoneygate v Witham Wed 5th March
The U13 Stoneygate team played with great energy and determination. They took an early lead and managed to keep ahead throughout the match to finally win 15 – 8.
The team: Jemima P (captain), Louise A, Ella Rose I, Emma B, Chloe F, Amber L, and Kezia K.
Special mention – Emma B for great improvement in her dodging skills and change of speed around the court.
Player of the match – Chloe Freeman for great defensive play.
This netball match, on a very sunny March 5th, gave us the opportunity to play all our under 10 girls. Mia from Year 6 also joined us to give her added experience of match play. Witham sent along their U’11 b/c players so their height and size advantage was a good challenge for Stoneygate.
It was also an important chance for some players to experience an alternative playing position. Girls played at the following positions:-
Megan – GA, GS, WA
Rebecca – GD
Mia – GK
Jasmine – GS
Ilona – C
Erin – GS
Bea – WA, C
Izzy – WD, GD
Beattie – GK
Annabelle – WD, GD
Emily – WA, GA, GS for the U’12s
Jess – WD
In the first half the game was quite slow to start and lots of mistakes were evident from both sides, however Megan settled quickly at GA and with some useful circle passes with Erin she scored 2 super goals. Emily and Ilona fed some accurate balls into the two shooters. Ilona continued her more controlled footwork. Witham played to their tall shooter and although Rebecca and Mia fought hard to combat this, Witham surged ahead to lead 10-2. However it was pleasing to see Rebecca make interceptions and tips of the ball and to see Mia using her effective stretch to mark the shooter’s ball.
The third quarter saw a team change from both sides and Stoneygate won this quarter convincingly by 4 goals to 2 (2 goals each from Jasmine and Izzy) The score was now 12-6 and certainly all to play for. At this point there was medical emergency in the u’12 match and Emily went to the rescue to play GS (she had a super game here and was voted ‘player of the match’). This was a valuable experience for Emily – well done too!
The final quarter, with Megan stepping in for Emily at WA and doing a great job, the Stoneygate attack were on their toes and chasing the goals. Bea worked incredibly hard and made plenty of stylish interceptions in mid court, linking the team together which she does so well. Izzy was a super defender in her GA position and often stole the ball which turned around play. Her athleticism is amazing! Meanwhile our defence were strong and Annabelle marked the GA more closely and Beattie stretched well to the ball. This was such an effective 1/4 for the defence, keeping us in the game. The ball came out of defence well, a solid back line pass from Beattie to a good, dodging Annabel and there was excellent support from Jess and her snapping up of the loose ball, her speciality! Stoneygate only conceded 2 goals and our attack achieved 4, a repeat of the 3rd quarter. Jasmine and Izzy worked tightly together and their movement made the perfect space to pass into. Izzy scored 3 and Jasmine 1 goal. We just ran out of time to pull back any further but a fine result for the u’10s – Witham 14 – Stoneygate 10.
What a come-back this was! It made for such an exciting match, both on and off the court and also to umpire.
Special mention goes to Megan for raising her game and playing well in her attacking positions.
Player of the Match and of the Day goes to Bea who today noticeably used her fitness, concentration, thinking skills and play to the highest level we have seen this season! A very mature match Bea, well done.
Mrs S. Frisby