After arriving at Quinton House the girls were very excited to be playing their first ever netball match in a sports hall. There was some initial struggle with the number of different coloured lines on the court but they managed to cope once in the game. The 'A' team were playing first and they started well but soon found themselves unable to get the ball out of their defending third. Quinton had a number of chances to score and eventually finished the first half 1-0 in the lead. The second half saw Quinton grow in confidence and The Grove struggle to maintain any possession of the ball. When they did get the ball into their attacking third with some excellent passing and moving from Alexa O’Kane and Schechinah Filani they rushed the opportunities they had to score. The final score was a 6-0 loss.
The 'B' team played next and although it was a much more competitive game the girls found themselves defending for most of both halves with very little possession past the middle third of the court. They did have a few chances to score but failed to capitalise which was a shame as that would have put Quinton under more pressure and could have secured a possible win or draw. Darasimi Lawal as goal keeper played very well in the second half after a talk at half-time and she really used her height advantage, intercepting a number of passes into the circle. The final score ended as a 2-0 loss but both goals were scored in the first half so there was a massive improvement thereafter with Harini Sivavakeesar creating more space and receiving a number of passes in the defending and centre third.
The Grove 'A': 0
Quinton House School 'A': 6
The Grove 'B': 0
Quinton House School 'B': 2
The long trek over to Ashfold on a bitterly cold afternoon but the U8 girls were all very excited for their first netball fixture of the season. We had time for a good warm-up which settled the girls and then we began the first quarter. It was all a bit frantic to begin with and it took at least until half-time before the girls developed a better understanding of their positions and, particularly who they were marking. Ashfold had some very competent shooters and although the game was very competitive between the two teams mid-court, when GA and GS had opportunities to score they did. Unfortunately, the times that we managed to get the ball to our shooters, the girls rushed and didn’t capitalise on the chances. At half-time we were 2 goals down and after a good team talk the third quarter saw a real improvement in how girls found space and they were trying really hard to stay with their player when marking. It was only in the last quarter that the girls lost a little focus again and conceded a goal in the last few minutes. A good start to the season. Well done.
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Player of the Match: Ewa Adekanmbi
The girls started off well, passing cleanly and staying on their players. However, they soon discovered the high speed and excellent tactics of the Ashfold girls, forcing them to try much harder to match their opponents. They did a great job doing this and it was evident in their play that they were hungry to succeed. There was some excellent defending on the part of Mikayla Martey as goal keeper and great moving in the goal circle from Arianna Vicielli-Fitch and Hannah Siddall in goal attack and goal shooter. Unfortunately, the girls couldn't match up to Ashfold's skill level, going down in the end, but they still played an excellent game making it a great match to watch.
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 12
Player of the Match: Mikayla Martey
Beachborough arrived on a bitterly cold afternoon for our first netball fixture of the term. After a thorough warm-up the B team were playing first. It was a slow start for The Grove and the girls seemed lost on the court during the first half of the game. Beachborough made some quick passes and used their tall players to effect scoring 4 easy goals. After the half time talk and a few positional changes The Grove seemed to settle into the game and started to put together some good passes and we had a number of chances to score in the second half. After some perseverance Eve Bailey managed to score leaving the final score at 5-1 to Beachborough. Lots to work on but a good effort from all. Well done.
The A team were playing next and much like the B team it took them some time to focus in the game and put together accurate and quick passes. After The Grove settled the game did become more competitive but we had already found ourselves 3 goals down at this point. We did have a number of chances and certainly worked hard in defence to get the ball past mid-court but unfortunately we couldn’t score. As with the B team after some perseverance Amaya Saiz-Arthur managed to score but the final score ended as a 6-1 loss.
The Grove 'B': 1
Beachborough School 'A': 5
Player of the Match: Sophy Pearce
The Grove 'A': 1
Beachborough School 'B': 6
Player of the Match: Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana
On Tuesday 16th January, our Under 9s played their first Netball Fixture of the season away at Beachborough. We arrived in plenty of time, so we were able to do a very good warm up, it was very cold, with a bitter wind.
The girls started the first quarter with excellent confidence. With some lovely interceptions in the centre third, they managed to pass the ball and get it into their third. We had some excellent goes at at shooting, but we were unlucky. The team just needed to continue what they were doing, we were very dominant, which is what we did in the second quarter, and we were successful…. A goal scored by Hannah Siddall and helped by Arianna Vicielli-Fitch. This gave the team confidence for the second half.
The girls started the second half confidently, with some beautiful passes in the centre third from Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Alexa O’Kane, they were all over Beachborough. However, Beachborough had upped their game, and they were building in confidence by the minute. They had a few shots at goal, but with little success. Our defenders found their feet and managed to intercept and pass the ball well into the centre third. Towards the end of the third quarter, Hannah Siddall scored the second goal, we were winning 2-0. The team were getting tired now, and the cold, bitter wind was biting into their hands, they just had to spend the final quarter in possession and not give in. They worked extremely hard and won the match 2-0. Well Done Girls, our first match of the season a winner!
The Grove: 2
H Siddall (2)
Player of the Match: Alexa O’Kane
After a long journey to Maidwell Hall we were greeted with a wonderful, picturesque venue for our match and a very friendly opposition. The girls had some time to warm-up and prepare and then the game began with Maidwell unfortunately winning the first centre pass. The first two quarters of the game were very defensive from The Grove and we seemed to struggle to keep possession of the ball, find space to receive a pass or find the hoop when shooting. We found ourselves 5-0 down at the half-way point. After a stern talking to and an attempt to inject some passion and determination into the game, The Grove started to win the ball, driving into space and managing to get the ball into the circle to our shooters. The last two quarters saw 2 goals scored by Amaya Saiz-Arthur but unfortunately it was not enough and the match finished with an 8-2 loss.
The Grove: 2
A. Saiz Arthur (2)
Maidwell Hall: 8
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur
On the 8th March the 'A' team played their home fixture against Maidwell Hall. As we had two fixtures, the 'B' team played first enabling the 'A' team to observe the opposition and prepare themselves for their pending game.
At 3pm, the first game was over and Tiya Mistry (Captain) won the first centre pass. The game started positively with the Grove stringing together a number of passes and they looked a little more confident on court. However, despite this, Maidwell Hall defence were very eager to win the ball back, therefore making lots of interceptions and gaining possession. This coinciding with a very strong Maidwell Hall attacking side resulted in the final score ending 12 – 0 to Maidwell Hall.
In future lessons, we will be working on is trying to improve our eagerness for the ball and competitiveness on court.
The Grove 'A': 0
Maidwell Hall 'A': 12
The third match of the season for the U10/11 side and with a couple of players missing it was always going to be a tough fixture. The first half of the game started well with an early goal scored for The Grove and it looked like the game was going to be closely fought between the two teams but Maidwell took control and we found ourselves 7-1 down at half-time. The second half was disappointing and The Grove just couldn’t keep possession of the ball in mid-court and we very rarely got the ball to our shooters. Maidwell were very competitive and determined throughout the game, something The Grove must strive to achieve going forwards. The final score – Lost 12-1
The Grove 'B': 1
Maidwell Hall 'B': 12
Player of the Match – Emily Garwood
The A team faced a particularly tough game this Wednesday when up against Swanbourne House School.
The girls fought valiantly throughout, against a very strong Year 6 team and showed great improvement in their movement on the court – something we have worked hard on this term. There was some excellent defending from Mariam and Iman with great support from the rest of the team members but despite this Swanbourne lead throughout. Caitlin and Oluchi fought hard to try and get out cleanly to receive our centre passes from Tiya but unfortunately we were unable to capitalize on this on a consistent basis. Despite the increasing lead the girls remained positive throughout and continued to fight hard to keep the ball out of our defending end and should be proud of their efforts.
The Grove 'A': 0
Swanbourne House 'A': 17
Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama
The game started promptly with The Grove winning the first center pass. Throughout the four quarters The Grove girls’ managed to pass the ball up the court and there were some glimpses of excellent movement and some great individual performances.
However, on the day, it was a very tough game against a tight team. Swanbourne were much stronger at holding their position and driving in front of their players, resulting in the final score ending Swanbourne 10 – Grove 0. In future lessons, we will continue to work on the girls’ hunger for the ball and movement on court.
The Grove 'B': 0
Swanbourne House 'B': 10
Under 10/11 'A'
This was the first U10/11 fixture of the season played away at Northampton High School. As usual we arrived nice and early for the 'A' team to be thoroughly warmed up by their captain by Caitlin Hendry. At 2:30pm the game began with The Grove winning first centre pass. In the first quarter of 8 minutes, Northampton High School used their possession more effectively to score 4 quick goals. However, after the break and a few positional changes, The Grove girls suddenly found much more space on court and were able to apply additional pressure to Northampton’s defence to score 2 successive goals.
After two more quarters, the final score ended Northampton High 8, The Grove 2. Despite the score, it was quite a close match with some great individual performances. However, moving forward and in the next lesson we will be focusing on defending effectively, particularly within our defensive third.
The Grove 'A': 2
Northampton High 'A': 8
Under 10/11 'B'
The first match of the season for the U10/11 side. We arrived in good time for a thorough warm-up which was needed with the afternoon weather becoming bitterly cold. The atmosphere between the teams from the offset was competitive yet sporting and I was extremely proud of the way the girls conducted themselves throughout the afternoon. The first quarter of the game was closely fought between the two teams and The Grove found themselves only 2-1 down at the whistle. The second quarter saw some missed chances from The Grove and a few mistakes in mid-court which allowed Northampton High to capitalise with the score moving to 5-2 down at half-time. The third quarter was filled with missed chances from both teams and the score remained the same going into the final quarter of the game. This quarter The Grove worked really hard, particularly in mid-court and they managed to get the ball to GA and GS for 2 successful shots at goal. The last goal was magnificent from Chloe Cave who took a chance with a shot near the edge of the circle within the last minute of the game. Unfortunately, the team didn’t have enough time to draw level so the final score was 5-4 to Northampton High School.
The Grove: 4
Northampton High: 5
Player of the Match: Iman Komane
The second match of the season for the U.9 team and after a thorough warm-up and the sun shining we were ready to start.
The first quarter of the game saw Ashfold dominate with some strong passing, dynamic movements and well executed shots in goal. The Grove took time to settle and found it difficult to keep up with the pace of the game. After a quick team talk and reassurance The Grove started the second quarter with more possession of the game in the centre third and started to show some determination to win the ball with some good interceptions from GD and GK. Unfortunately we still couldn’t stop the consistent shooting from Ashfold and they led 7-0 at half-time.
The third quarter saw more attacking play from the Grove and we had some excellent passes into the circle. Perseverance saw a great shot from Amaya Saiz-Arthur which gave us our first goal of the game. Unfortunately Ashfold were still playing very well and continued to score at the other end of the court. At the end of the third quarter we were losing 9-1. We did manage to score one more goal in the last quarter of the game by Olivia Sobera which finished a difficult and challenging game. A good effort by all the girls with lots to work on for the next game of the season.
The Grove: 2
A. Saiz-Arthur, O. Sobera
Ashfold School: 11
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur