Quite a contrast to the last fixture, as it was cold and windy and not a particularly nice afternoon for a rounders fixture. Despite the challenging weather, the girls were excited for the game and after a quick warm-up the first innings began. Eve Bailey had a solid performance as bowler and after a few no-balls started to show some consistency in delivery. Fielding took a little more time to settle and we made a few mistakes under pressure. Our batting in both innings was a little disappointing and this is something we need to work on in lessons. Few balls were hit and the girls seemed hesitant to swing at the ball. Nevertheless, after the first innings there was not much between the 2 teams so the 2nd innings was all to play for. Unfortunately, our fielding was not as tight and we allowed Winchester House to score on our mistakes and this allowed them to secure a solid lead. Our batting did not improve and we then relied on some half rounders from no-balls and some mis-fields which was not enough. The final score was a loss for The Grove 12 and a half to 5 and a half.
The Grove: 5½
Winchester House School: 12½
Player if the Match: Sophy Pearce & Iraa Kulkarni
A beautiful day for our fixture against Swanbourne and the girls were very excited for our second game of the season. The first innings was a mixture of some excellent fielding but with a number of silly errors batting. Oluwadabira battled with her hay fever as bowler but her determination was admirable and she played a key role with some consistent bowling and speed to the ball when retrieving. Special praise must go to Emily Pugsley who took a fantastic catch and looked to stump her post as well. Our batting in the first innings unfortunately lacked concentration and many players were stumped out because of poor decision making. This is something to work on going forwards to the next game. The second innings fared better and although our batting was disappointing, our fielding remained consistent with very few half rounders given away. The final score finished as a loss for The Grove 16 and a half to 11 and a half.
The Grove: 11½
Swanbourne House: 16½
Players of the Match: Emily Pugsley & Oluwadabira Filani
The Under 9 Girls were very excited about travelling to Swanbourne for their Away match. After lots of practice in game play, the girls were confident. In the first innings, the girls showed obvious nerves, as we were missing hits and running cautiously, we were also not watching where the ball was going and this was getting a few of our players out. We just needed to relax into it more. Our fielding was excellent though, we were catching the ball well and we caught one player out, Alexa O'Kane's amazing quick reactions made the catch! It was a shaky first innings, but we were winning 5 ½ rounders to 3 ½ rounders.
The second innings was much better. The girls had some excellent hits and even scored some rounders from them (Hannah Siddall who scored 3!, Alexa O'Kane and Mikayla Martey). Our fielding was also better as Swanbourne's hitting had also improved. We managed to stop a few rounders from being scored and we also got 3 players out on the posts. Altogether, it was an amazing match to watch and umpire and the girls were very excited to take their first win of the season.
The Grove: 11½
Swanbourne House: 9
Player of the Match: Hannah Siddall
This was the first game of the season against Beachborough and the girls started well in the first innings. The bowling switched between Chloe Cave and Maya Shah and both girls bowled well and were sensible to swop places when they started to lapse in concentration. The girls understanding of the game was good and they worked hard to stop half rounders being scored at second post. When batting the girls were a little slow to get going and we scored most of the rounders from the bowlers no-balls. Emily Ying-Clifton and Emily Garwood both scored full rounders with some excellent running and tactical judgement. We were ahead going into the second innings and once again the fielding was solid with only a few errors when making quick decisions. Amaya Saiz-Arthur performed very well in bat for the second innings scoring 2 excellent rounders off 2 balls and both Emily Ying-Clifton and Emily Garwood worked hard for another full rounder each. The final ball ended in a victory for The Grove. Well done girls. A great start.
The Grove: 19½
Beachborough School: 16
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur & Esther Williams
The first rounders fixture of the season for the Under 8 team and the girls were very excited and nervous. We had a little bit of time to practice before Ashfold arrived and to go over some of the many rules of the game. Unfortunately, we lost the coin toss and Ashfold chose to field first for the first innings so the girls had to settle quickly into the batting order. Ashfold fielded very well and because The Grove didn’t really make much contact with the ball in bat they found it really hard to score. We scored a few half rounders from mis-fields and no-balls so ended the first innings with 3 and a half rounders. Ashfold were very confident in batting alongside a lack of concentration from The Grove leading to a good score of 6 and a half rounders after the first innings. The Grove improved into the second innings and actually scored more than Ashfold but with the gap created after the first innings the score ended with a very close 8-7 defeat.
A good start to the season. Well done.
The Grove: 7
Ashfold School: 8
Player of the Match: Oluwadabira Filani
The Under 9 Girls had their first Rounders Fixture of the season against Ashfold School at home. The girls were a little nervous as they had had very little practice of a full match due to the amount of rain we had in the previous weeks. They were also very excited also, as Rounders is an all around favourite with these girls. The girls started in the field, this was good as it got them used to the catching and they could see how good the other teams hitting was. There was some very accurate bowling from Alexa O'kane and some quick catching from Hannah Siddall on Backstop. It took a little while for the girls to get in their stride, but they soon were catching and making good decisions with the ball. Their batting was consistent, and the girls were very good at watching the ball, however, they did not take enough risks to take the half rounders we needed if we hit the ball. We relaxed more in the second innings, and we had some lovely accurate catching from Harini Sivavakesar on 4th to stop some rounders being scored. We were also more confident in our batting overall, with some better risk making from Hannah, who scored a rounder.
Altogether, the girls had a successful first match, and really enjoyed the afternoon.
The Grove: 4
Ashfold School: 8½
Player of the Match: Alexa O'Kane
Beachborough arrived at The Grove for the final fixture of the term and what a great game it turned out to be. With a lovely atmosphere between the two teams the game began. The first quarter started well for the girls and they straight away dominated the play with some lovely passes through the centre third to our attacking players. Schekinah Okosieme scored with her first attempt making the score 1-0 into the second quarter. The game became more competitive as Beachborough started to settle and put together some good passes. Despite some tight marking from The Grove, Beachborough scored with a super attempt a fair distance from the goal. The Grove responded and Emily Pugsley managed a second goal under pressure just before half-time. The third quarter was dominated by The Grove with the majority of possession in our attacking third. Schekinah Okosieme managed a third goal but we did have a number of chances that unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on. The final quarter was exciting and Beachborough fought back admirably. Ewa Adekanmbi and Oyindamola Omotosho worked extremely hard as Goal Keeper and Goal Defence intercepting and marking well preventing Beachborough from scoring. The final score finished at 3-2. What a great way to finish the season.
The Grove: 3
S Okosieme (2), E Pugsley
Beachborough School: 2
Players of the Match: Ewa Adekanmbi, Ife Adekanmbi, Oluwadabira Filani
On Friday 16th March, our Under 8s had a 3-way Fixture at Akeley Wood with Bedford Modern School. It was a lovely fixture, where Bedford Modern brought along an 'A' and a 'B' team. When the teams were not playing, the older children from Akeley Wood did some drills with the girls. It was all very friendly and relaxed, and the girls really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Our first match was against Bedford Modern 'A' team. After a nervous start, the girls soon got into a rhythm and started to play well. Their marking and defense was good, and they stopped a few goals from being scored. The final score was 0-0, and the girls were very proud of this performance as these girls were very strong.
Our second match was against Akeley Wood. We started very well, with some excellent passing from the girls. They were getting very confident now and were moving into a space. We scored two goals in the first half, Shekinah Okosieme and Emily Pugsley were moving well into the space. During the second half, Akeley Wood gained more confidence and possession of the ball, however, our defence from Oyindamola Omotosho, Vera Padhiar and Chloe Chan kept the ball away from Akeleys Goal. The final score was 2-0 to The Grove.
Our final match was against Bedford Modern School 'B' Team. We had gained a lot of confidence in the previous game. The team worked extremely well passing the ball into space, moving into space and marking the other team well. Ife Adenkambi and Dabira Filani worked well moving the ball to Shekinah Okosieme and Emily Pugsley. The final score for this game was 6-0 to The Grove!!
Overall the team gained more confidence during the afternoon, and I think they had an amazing experience at Akeley with the older children teaching them some skills.
Well Done Girls!
The Grove: 0
Bedford Modern School 'A': 0
The Grove: 2
S Okosieme, E Puglsey
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove: 6
Akeley Wood School: 0
A senior fixture for netball and with the sun shining for a change it made for a lovely afternoon. The girls led their own warm-up and already were working well as a team with a lovely atmosphere amongst them. The game started very competitively and it was clear that the game was going to be evenly matched throughout. Passing from both sides was quick and a little frantic in the first quarter with both sides losing possession with rushed passes. After the first quarter the score was 2-1 so there was lots to play for going forwards. After a few changes with positions the second quarter was equally competitive. Maya Shah made some super movements into space taking the ball with ease and helped to move the ball into our attacking third with support from Oluchi Nwuga and Caitlin Hendry. The score at half-time was 6-3 with 2 further goals from both Caitlin Hendry and Iman Komane. With some position changes again into the third quarter The Grove demonstrated some really tight marking in defence and made it really difficult for Beachborough shooters to get into the circle. Mariam Elakama played very well in Goal Defence in this quarter staying close and intercepting a number of passes to a very competent Goal Attack. Although The Grove didn’t score in this quarter despite chances, they also managed to stop any score from Beachborough. The final quarter of the game was very tight and although the girls all worked hard, tiredness became the main factor for the final loss of 7-4. What a super game though and all girls were an absolute credit to the school.
The Grove: 4
C Hendry (3), I Komane
Beachborough School: 7
Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama
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