Strong Season Start for Netball

OC netball started the 2017 season with a strong round of results, winning eight of nine matches.  All teams can be commended for their team spirit and commitment.

The Year 7B girls came out firing in their first game of the season against St John’s. Teamwork and communication was obvious from the start to secure a healthy lead after the first quarter. Quick skills meant a fast game to continue the strong lead out of the centre with Katie Jacobsen and Kiarah Upston working together to get the ball in our attacking third. Strong defence from Alice Durham and Maree Wright stopped the opposition from getting their ball into the attacking zone with their intercepts. Even though we did win the game, St John’s showed great sportsmanship and were gracious opponents. The win has given the girls confidence to work hard and continue improving. The team are looking forward to their game against St Paul’s next week and in training will focus on accurate shooting and feeding the ball forward.

The Year 7As had a strong start to the season coming out with a win of 41-1, dominating their opponents. The girls showed impressive aggression with great on court talk and support. MVP was awarded to Ella Spiteri for her consistent shooting throughout the game. The girls responded instantly to all coaching cues and requests. An impressive game by these girls; they are a team to watch.

The Year 8Bs had a good start to the Trimester as the girls came out with a strong win against St John scoring a total of 36-1. We went into the game feeling anxious as there was only one training session to prepare for the game but that did not seem to bother our performance. Annabelle Lee consistently had her focus on the game and worked well retrieving from the other team, which resulted in her receiving Player of the Match. A special mention goes Maddie Duvall as she continued to shoot accurate goals and get the ball down the court and into the goal circle, which made a huge contribution to our win. Overall, this week’s win was a team effort, showing that this should be a solid season.

Round 1 of TAS netball was very successful for the Year 8As. With only one training session before our match, we were not too sure on what the outcome was going to be for this game. After a few simple errors in the first and second quarter, we took in the feedback to come out much stronger after half time to apply great pressure on St John’s. The team stayed very optimistic throughout the whole game with very solid passes and many intercepts. Olivia Mosely was well deserving of MVP for this round, as her ability to read the play in order to think fast in tough situations stopped the opposition from getting intercepts in the shooting circle. Olivia’s shots were extremely accurate resulting the team in a convincing 22-12 win. We have identified some key areas that we can improve on in this week’s training sessions to enhance our game play. This was a great confidence booster for the Year 8As heading into our next round.

Round 1 for Ormiston’s Year 9B team proved to be a success with the team exiting the game with a score of 31-1 in their favour. The team’s defence, as the score reflected, smothered the St John’s attack thanks to a tight one on one defence and admirable intensity to chase loose balls. The flow through the teams attack allowed them to convert the hard work in defence with great shooing from Sophia, Georgia and Tiana. MVP was awarded to Sophie Bell for her significant contribution to the game.

The Year 9A netball team took on St John’s last weekend with a convincing win of 61-5. The girls managed to pull together and bring out a win as a team, starting the 2017 season off with a bang! The first quarter showed that they would be a hard opposition for the St Johns team, their second, third and Fourth quarter were much the same as they were up every quarter. The attacking players played fiercely as always bringing the ball down the court smoothly and the defence was turning over the ball as fast as it was getting back down the court.

The Thirds team started off with a successful round against St John's coming away with a 29-14 win. Amy Howell was named MVP due to her accurate shooting and dominant presence in the goal circle. Madelyn Calvert was quick around the court allowing herself to be a passing option in defence and attack. Lani Watkins showed great defensive skills intercepting many of the opponent’s passes. Overall, it was an excellent team effort and promises a good and productive season ahead.

The Seconds girls had a fantastic start to the season with a strong win coming away with a score of 39-16. It was a very close first quarter but as the game went on; every player upped their game and played with 100% effort. MVP was awarded to Jordyn Croke for her excellent work in attack with credit also give to the defence for shutting St John’s attack down.
The Firsts girls had a nail-biting start to the season coming out with a score of 26-22 in St John’s favour. Despite the loss, the girls managed to pull themselves up in the last quarter, showing admirable determination, almost coming away with a draw. In this fast-paced game, Isabel Courtney in particular showed great defence, taking on coaching advice and applying it to her game play. Overall, the girls stepped up and played well but unfortunately fell short to the more aggressive opposition. The girls should be commended on their team spirit and their never-give-up attitude up until the last whistle.

Netball ladders and results can be downloaded here.