Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 10/03/14

1ST VII GIRLS AT AUSTIN FRIARS

QEGS W2-0
Cockermouth W4-0
RGS Newcastle W3-2
Austin Friars W6-0
Stonyhurst W3-1

Despite a lack of hockey this term and no experience of 7s on a full size pitch the girls reinforced their reputation after dominating Austin Friars 7s on Wednesday. Comfortable wins in their group games put Sedbergh into the final where they gained revenge against Stonyhurst – with whom they drew 2-2 in the 11 a side game – with a superb performance that could have seen the girls score 5 or 6.

Eliza Hodgson, Maddy George, Sophie Farmer were excellent in defence and midfield whilst Ellie Thompson and Sophie Ferguson’s pace and skill up front was too much to handle. Emilia Tyser played her usual self assured role in central midfield, whilst under 14s Eliza Nelstrop and Georgina Boyd Moss did not look out of place when on the pitch, playing with confidence and skill. This was a great finale to a superb season for the girls 1st team hockey squad who have sealed their reputation as the best hockey team to have played for Sedbergh.     

1ST VII V BARNARD CASTLE

An outstanding performance by the 1st VII to secure a very convincing 52-10 win against Barnard Castle who have qualified for next week’s National Finals (as they qualify through the weaker North East region).  

Hesford and Foster combined well in the shooting circle with fluid movement and accurate shooting – 85% accuracy – the centre court of Page, Brown and Scott ensuring that any loose ball was taken to circle edge and fed with composure and flair, but players of the day were the defence of Churchouse, Lewin and Harnby who turned over a phenomenal amount of ball to deliver to the centre court.  

The girls were determined to win this fixture knowing that Barnie were through to National Finals next week and they definitely proved a point to show that our 1st VII are of National Final standard, an amazing display of netball ably led by Captain Tamsin Brown, well done girls.

1ST VII V STONYHURST

Another local rival beaten this week with again a fine display of skill, determination and fluid movement for our 1st VII to take a convincing 34-16 win against a physical Stonyhurst team.  Again Hesford and Foster combined well with the latter playing the netball of her life at the moment, such huge improvements for Foster since arriving at Sedbergh as a defending player.  

Page continues to run rings around Wing defences and Brown commands the centre court linking the attack and defence well and leading by example in percentage turnovers and feeds.  Linas, Lewin, Churchouse and Harnby continue to gel as a defending unit, turning over ball and dictating play to the opposition, Harnby in particular should be congratulated on her impressive step up to 1st Team netball.  Changes saw Scott and Procter take to the court providing speed and quick release to ensure that Sedbergh continued to dominate in this fixture.

Another well-deserved convincing win for our 1st VII, we now look forward to taking on Rugby and Oundle next weekend.

2ND VII V STONYHURST 

We started strongly although it was a tough encounter from the start and there were interceptions galore as we pulled to a low scoring 3-1 lead after the first quarter.

We went for the steal on the first centre of the 2nd quarter and pulled away to a 4-1 lead before letting them back into the game with some missed shots and sloppy play. We regained our composure before half time with some. Great interceptions from Philippa Hill GK, Hebe Holdsworth GD and Katherine Fleck WD. Sadly we gave away a penalty just before whistle, which was converted and we held on to our 2 goal lead, 10-8. A promising 3rd quarter saw us pull away to a 14-10 lead with the centre court of Fleck, Georgina Mccutcheon and Kim Champlin linking well to feed the shooters.

The final quarter was always going to be tough and Stonyhurst gave it everything and in a tense last few minutes Rose Arnold scored the winning goal, after some great long range shots from Anna Walkden (Captain). The girls initially didn’t realise they had won 21-20 and it was a credit to them that they didn’t rise to provocation in this physical game. Thanks to Nicola Fleck for being travelling reserve.
Best players – the whole team!

U14 VII V STONYHURST 

A much improved performance from the u14 lead to a comfortable win. From the first quarter Sedbergh dominated the tempo and possession. Lewin and Turner worked well in the shooting circle working up to a 15-6 lead at half time. Sedbergh had learned their lesson from last week and worked the ball short and quickly with some accurate feeds into the circle from Bell. Changes were made in the final quarter with Sedbergh winning 29-13. Player of the match went to the whole team for a much improved performance.  

JNR B VS STONEYHURST

A focussed, determined team travelled to Stoneyhurst on the back of a poor performance at St Peters the week before. The first quarter started quickly with Julia Haywood and Sarah Long determined to make amends for errors in possession last week, providing plenty of ball into the circle.

The end of the first quarter was 5 -3 to Sedbergh. The second quarter saw Sedbergh’s defence weaken and allowed Stoneyhurst too many opportunities to shoot, the end of the quarter saw Stoneyhurst ahead by one goal at 8-9. Sedbergh came back strongly in the third quarter, with Ella Walsh and Eliza Nelstrop shooting efficiently and Joy Stanley defending effectively.

Unfortunately, the last quarter saw their Goal Shooter find her form enabling Stoneyhurst to score 3 goals in the last minute. Final result Stoneyhurst 20 – Sedbergh 19. Player of the match Julia Haywood.

LACROSSE V BARNARD CASTLE 19-0 WIN

It was the first and the last home game for the 1stX11 on Saturday and it what a great one it was. The sun was shining and the sidelines soon filled up with enthusiastic supporters.

Sedbergh were first to the ball off the draw and although the conditions of the pitch made the game slower than normal, Sedbergh’s determination and fight for the ball never eased. Attack soon added scores to the board and then focused on a more settled attack, passing the ball around with everyone setting plays. Goals came from Proudman, Jack, Dootson, Clarke-Williams, Berahavaya, Dennison, Jardine and Kuehne-Oertel, displaying a great team effort.

Defensively, Sedbergh never switched off, and when the ball entered the oppositions attacking end it was soon turned over and cleared out. Great saves by Woof mean Sedbergh have a clean sheet at home.

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