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
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