Well what a great start to the 2016 season! Our Netball Teams won nine out of 10 games on Saturday, with some very convincing score lines. Once the excitement and nervousness of the first games of the season died down, the girls remained focused on achieving their goals for this week’s games. Well done girls, let’s continue this success by training hard this week and remaining focused on Round 2 games against Redeemer.
The opening round of the TAS Netball season proved to be challenging but successful for the Firsts’ Girls, in their first game playing as a team. After a washout in 2015 prevented OC from playing St John’s, the girls headed into the game unsure of what to expect from their opponents. A lack of desire to get the ball, as well as first game nerves were evident in the first quarter, as the girls missed many opportunities that allowed St John’s to steal an early lead. While there were glimpses of good teamwork and communication, the girls were too rushed in their attack and gave away possession too easily. After reflecting on the 5-3 score line in St John’s’ favour at the first break, the girls headed back out onto the court with a new mindset and attitude to stick to their own game. The increase in intensity was seen straight away, as the passes became more accurate and possession was treasured. Strong defense from Sophia, Ellie and Erica resulted in many turnovers that allowed the shooters to capitalise, bringing the score to 13-7 in Ormiston’s favour at half time. The girls maintained this lead throughout the third quarter, with quick passing and driving from the midcourt players contributing to a score of 20-13 at the final break. St John’s were not to give up easily however, and their increase in confidence heading into the last quarter resulted in our energy once again dropping as a result of the opponent’s intimidation. Many loose balls and rebounds were lost due to a lack of intensity, which saw Ormiston’s lead reduce to six points at the final whistle. Despite this, the girls are to be credited for their positive attitude and continued effort to compensate for mistakes throughout all four quarters, recording a final victory of 26-20.
The Seconds Netball Team defeated St John’s 26-19. The team showed great enthusiasm, responding quickly and effectively to instructions and feedback from Coach Emma. Most valuable players were Jordyn Croke, who found great break positions, and Freya Robertson for her effective drives and good catch positions. The team has set a high standard for the start of the season.
Thirds Netball had an amazing first game, winning 15-9! All of the girls played incredibly and to each other’s strengths, led by captain, Caitlin Newbury. Great work from Georgia Steele in Goal Keeper, who was playing in her first game. We are looking forward to a fun and successful season. Chelsea Mitchell played well and displayed good skills on the court and Rachel Brann showed great versatility, playing Wing Defense and Centre and was willing to have a go and help the team at all times. Great start girls.
The 10As had a great game on Saturday to start the season. The score line finished at 43-9 in our favour. Our shooting end had some moments of brilliance with excellent movement into the circle. We had a very dominating game, but the most impressive moment was when the girls kept pushing in the last quarter and managed to increase their intensity even more. The 10B Netball Team started the season with a convincing win of 45-7. The girls worked well as a team, with some excellent shooting from Teahna Bouradas, Sophie Hinchcliffe and Kate Robertson, also some great defence from Lani Watkins. Over all the team easily worked together and slid back into their old team strategies with ease.
Last Saturday the 9A Netball Girls had a fantastic game and came out with a win 27-17. Everyone played really well and we had great shooting by Gemma and Grace in the circle. We are hoping for another win next week.
The 8A Netball Team started off the year with a successful game, scoring a win of 67-2 against St John’s. The plays throughout the court were fast and accurate. The attackers were effective in taking advantage of numerous turnovers from the superb Laura Jackson in defense. Overall, the match was well executed and all the girls should be proud of their efforts. The 8B girls had an extraordinary first game against St John’s coming away with a 38-3 point victory. The girls started off strong with great passes, effective defense and accurate shooting. St John’s could not stop the Redbacks resulting in them not scoring in the first quarter. The girls gelled perfectly as a team showing they are going to be a solid team this year.
The 7As started a little nervously for their first game of the season. St John’s came out firing and established a comfortable lead after the first quarter. But our girls warmed up and progressively improved as the game went on. Finding more space and leading not once, but twice and three times made the difference. We fought back and even had the lead at one stage, but St John’s were too strong on the day. It was a great team effort for our new team and some accurate goal shooting by Olivia Moseley kept us in the game. We look forward to developing our skills in training this week and we will be ready to meet Redeemer. The 7Bs showed a level of commitment and dedication that will be required for the term ahead. The girls fought hard to bring out an early lead over St John’s, leaving the opposition only scoring two goals in the first half. With a few changes on our side, St John’s managed to creep in one goal during the third quarter however, the girls were determined not to let the other side score any more goals through the ring. With the dynamic shooting combination, slick mid court and determined defense by the whole team, St John’s were held to a final score of 3-12. It was a great achievement for the girls, especially when most of the team had never played netball before.
It was a great start to the season and I look forward to playing Redeemer in our first home game of the season.