Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 02/02/17

NETBALL

1st v RGS Newcastle   Won 42-14
A convincing win against RGS 1st team.  Sedbergh dominated from the start with excellent movement and shooting from Lewin and Turner.  Various combinations put out in readiness for North West Finals and positive to see the whole squad working together well, Boddy, Smallwood and Carberry leading their various units.  A good final run out before Saturday’s most important day of the year for our 1st team.  LS

U16 v RGS Newcastle 2nds – Won 42-8
For the first few minutes it looked to be a competitive game and went with centres. Sedbergh then got a crucial break and never looked back. We rested Cesca and Anna at half-time as both have niggles. The shooting from Eden and Katie was superb with Tanatswa switching on for the last quarter and playing well.

Ellie made the most of her long reach in centre court in the second half and intercepted numerous balls after Anna had a brilliant first half. Holly and Joelle made a strong defensive partnership after Cesca had previously dominated the D. Captain Rosie proved to be the play maker at WA and there were some great moves and 1-2’s to be seen. A great team effort and a convincing win with regionals at the end of the week. Final score 42-8.

3rd v RGS Newcastle   Won 46-3
A comfortable win for the 2nds, despite being off the mark in the first quarter. Play started off somewhat rushed, but the girls recognised this after the first quarter and worked hard to rectify it, so that they created more space through the court and maintained possession.

Some excellent movement and shooting from Amy Mahon, ensured an easy lead by half time, whilst great defensive work from Bridle, Millar and Baxter gave Sedbergh numerous turnovers. Plenty to work on, but a well-deserved victory nonetheless.  EH

NORTH WEST NETBALL FINALS – WIRRAL  

1st Team
High hopes for our 1st team at North West finals with some outstanding performances in the past few weeks showing promise. A good start against Compton House saw us race into a 6-3 lead by half time, their three Manchester Thunder players then took hold and after a frantic second half we lost by 1 goal 10-9.

Next up were Wirral Grammar, a traditionally strong netball school boasting Cheshire players, again an end to end game with Sedbergh having much of the play, however some basic errors cost us a couple of goals and we went down again 10-9.

Cardinal Newman then failed to appear on court so with a win guaranteed we drew 8-8. One game left in the section v Kings Chester, an opportunity for Sedbergh to leave their mark on the tournament, a fantastic display resulted in a 21-4 win, the highest score of the day. Unfortunately the single goal losses proved costly, one more goal and a draw would have guaranteed a semi final place; such is sport.  

A disappointing day as this team is very capable of competing with the best in the country.

Amy Lewin was awarded her colours for outstanding shooting so far this season, both accurate and consistent, truly exceptional.  LS

U16 Team
This inexperienced side really stepped up to produce some brilliant performances winning the first game 11-10 v Saddleworth who eventually went through to semi-finals on goal difference. The second match was an easier win 12-6 to us beating King Williams from the Isle of Man. Game 3 started badly with us being 1-4 down at half-time against rivals Stonyhurst.

A change to the team brought it back to a 9-9 draw and a second 7-7 draw followed v Wirral Grammar and a missed opportunity to win the game that would have seen us through to semi-finals.

The girls knew they needed to win their last match against Christleton who were so far unbeaten and for 90% of the game they lead, just losing with the last play of the game. 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss by one goal was a very positive day’s netball and with several players being U15 they have another opportunity next year and know what to expect. 

Well played Katie, Eden, Rosie, Anna, Elle, Holly, Francesca, Joelle, Roxy & reserve Tanatswa.  HJC

U14 Team
The girls started strong in their first game of the tournament against West Kirkby and ended on a draw. Next we faced Wilmslow High who were a tall, strong side and unfortunately, we struggled to adapt our game to counteract this.

The girls had a great game against King William (IOM), the score was neck and neck throughout and we managed to secure a victory by one goal in the final seconds by Seymour. Unfortunately the girls didn’t make it through to the semi-finals, however we managed to get all 12 girls out on court and have come away with plenty to work on in our remaining fixtures of the season!   AT

LACROSSE

1st XII v Queen Margarets 2nd XII  Lost 

1st XII v Moreton Hall 2nd XII  Lost 9-1

1st XII v Shrewsbury   Lost 8-3

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