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GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 06/02/17

NETBALL

U15A v Stockport Grammar – Lost 22-10
A bit of a shock for the U15’s who have not played together for ten days due to U16 representation at North West finals.  A good start however where we scored off Stockport’s first centre to go 2-0 up but then the two hour journey took its toll.  

Misplaced passes, poor choices and basic errors resulted in only 13 attempts on goal, our shooters put under immense pressure to even receive the ball.  Cooke and Dale worked tirelessly to turn ball over however Stockport’s attacking drives were strong and clinical and ours were not.  Work to do with the U15’s before the weekend’s toughie against Newcastle High.  LS

U15A v Newcastle High  – Won 40-10
A comprehensive display by the U15’s who bounced back from their Stockport defeat earlier in the week. Outstanding defence from Cooke, Dale and Welsh ensured plenty of shooting opportunities were given to our shooters Tigere and Haywood right from the first whistle. Smooth, fluent play from turnovers was the order of the day and the girls should be encouraged and pleased with their improved performance. LS

U15B v Newcastle High – Won 18-12
A good win for the U15b team v Newcastle Girls’ which was a closely fought contest. We edged ahead 4-3 after the first quarter and we were struggling to feed the circle.

A change round of Grace Charlton to GA and Katie Gill to WA brought more movement and at half-time we had improved to 10-4. Great interceptions from Alice, Lucy and Perdy in defence kept the score down. Ellie Madden came back on at WA and we maintained the lead at 15-8 with Lottie playing a strong centre. The final quarter was played in a hail storm and the final score was an 18-12 win.  HJC

U14A v Stockport Grammar – Won 20-6
The 14As have come back fighting, following their weekend at National Schools. Some overcrowding in the centre third during the first quarter slowed the girls down, but good rotations and shooting from Page and Seymour put Sedbergh up 6-1 after the first quarter. Great defensive work and better use of the space up the court through the remainder of the game earned Sedbergh a solid victory.  EH

U14A v Newcastle High U15’s – Lost 18-17
A tough game for our youngsters who coped well with the increased physicality of the older age group. Strachan showed her class with continuous availability for the ball and Simpson turned over plenty to provide shooting opportunities.

Best of our shooters was Page who helped stretch the lead in the 3rd quarter. Some misplaced passes and poor decisions let Newcastle back into the game and the final quarter went goal for goal. A good performance and competitive game where handling the pressure was the deciding factor, well played girls, a proud coach. LS 

U14B v Newcastle High – Won 19-11
The hail and wind couldn’t stop this improving side as they confidently beat Newcastle 19-11. Sedbergh started with focus, using space well and dominating easily in the first quarter. Perhaps our confidence was dented slightly as Newcastle came back well in the second quarter but we still had the greater skill and better pace to maintain the lead and finish strongly. Notable performances from Polly Holdsworth and Jemima Sanderson. ALK

U14B v Stockport Grammar – Won 24-5
A strong game for the 14Bs, who quickly took the lead against Stockport. Durtnell, Holdsworth and Chatterley formed a strong defensive unit, ensuring that Stockport’s chances at goal were limited.

A few hasty moments in mid-court demonstrated that the girls need to work on clearing and driving towards the ball. Accurate feeds into the circle and ambitious shots from Thomson put Sedbergh up 13-2 at half time, allowing the girls to pull away in the second half. A comfortable win for the 14Bs who are showing real promise. EH

U14C v Newcastle High – Lost 9-8
An even game for our U14C who did well to keep Newcastle to a 9 goal score.  Work needed on movement and basic skills but well done to our C’s who competed well.

LACROSSE

1st XII v Lancaster Uni – Won 14-0

This weekend, Sedbergh Lacrosse travelled the short distance to the grounds of Lancaster University. After last Saturday’s fixture, the girls in Brown were hungrier than ever to walk away with a big result, proving to themselves and the rest of the school that their convincing defeat by the hands of Moreton Hall was but a minor blip on the radar of an otherwise fantastic season.

Upon arrival it was clear to see that Lancaster were putting out a team of mixed ability, with several extremely handy players and a few – somewhat painfully – evident beginners taking the field; regardless of their skill-level however, these University girls were several years older than the Sedbergh team and had strength and speed on their side. 

At half time, Sedbergh had easily taken control of the situation and were 11-0 up. Taking advantage of the ‘mix-n-match’ nature of the Lancaster team, we were able to penetrate their defence from any angle, with one-on-one dodges coming thick and fast from both behind the goal and up top – a few good saves from the opposition Goalie, but nowhere near enough to quell the Sedbergh onslaught.

It was at this point that a ban on all solo effort goals seemed necessary and I instructed the girls to begin moving the rock around effectively, improving upon their communication and off-ball support whilst in attack; the defence were having no problem shutting down the Lancaster threats, and our fast and efficient transition game meant that the ball was in Sedbergh’s offensive half 80% of the time. 

Three more well-worked goals, and some great saves from Lauren-Eve in the cage resulted in the final score of 14-0 to Sedbergh. For the first time in a long time, Sedbergh Lacrosse had been under-estimated and we look forward to perhaps returning to Lancaster to face their fighting 1st XI team. A great opportunity to put into practice what we have been focussing so hard on during practice.
NH

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