Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 19/01/15

NETBALL

1st v Newcastle High    Won 31-27
Best game of the year for the first team against a strong Newcastle High side who will go through to Nationals next week for the North East. Illness meant we travelled with the bare minimum but the ‘super seven’ on court showed quality and drive to battle out the win.

In control from the start Holdsworth and Churchouse turned over a high percentage and with Scott, Nuttall and Page the ball travelled through the centre court with more fluidity than in recent matches, Arnold and Holdsworth again improving all the time with good shooting when we needed it. A much-improved performance from our 1sts especially in the attacking third, well done girls. LS

Colours awarded to Hannah Page and Lizzie Churchouse for their recent excellent performances and their services to Sedbergh netball. 

U16 v Newcastle High    Won 27-19
A much more positive game overall and with Lucy Preston adding spark back at WA/C the feeding of the circle was much improved.  The shooting was exceptional at times, notably in the 1st & 3rd quarters, favouring one end of the court.

A 12-4 score at quarter time was superb to watch and with tremendous interceptions from Turner converted by our shooters we were feeling confident. Sadly in the 2nd quarter Newcastle came right back at us and we ended with just a 3 goal cushion at half-time.

Missed long shots were punished and feeds were not as effective. Centre True was struggling with fitness having just come back from illness. At half-time we switched Preston to C, Thomas to WA and brought on Millar at GK.

The girls pulled away to a 23-16 lead after the crucial 3rd quarter and eventually won the game 27-19. A great game in preparation for next weekend and we hope that Bell, Holliday and Holdsworth will also be back and playing to strengthen the squad. HJC

U14 v Newcastle High    Lost 28-20
A slow start from the u14s put Sedbergh behind 11-5, however during the second quarter izzy chamberlain and Rebecca Hadfield turned over several balls which Whitfield and McGuire successfully converted taking them 1 goal ahead going into the second half.

Newcastle came back fighting in the third quarter and unforced errors saw Sedbergh fall behind going into the final quarter. Lack of momentum and slow reactions saw Newcastle pick loose balls up pushing on to win the match 28-20. A competitive eye opening game with both positives and areas of improvement to be taken from it. ATH

U16 v Giggleswick 1sts    Lost 22-13
The depleted team had a positive start going 4-5 down with Russell and Lewin combining well in attack and Twiddle and Curran feeding the circle effectively.

Turner was at GK with Thomas at GD and Rebecca Monaghan-Allan at WD completed the defensive unit. There were no changes to be made but illness and fitness affected some of our players and Giggleswick pulled away to a 12-5 lead at half-time. We brought on a fresh-legged Mahon to replace the tired Twiddle and tried Millar at WD, not her usual position.

Turner and Thomas also switched defensive positions to allow Turner to bring the ball through centre court. This was much better and we won the quarter 5-4. A final change and Millar went to GA to replace Lewin and Monaghan-Allan returned to WD.

We lost the quarter 5-3 and the match 21-13 but it was useful experience against the Giggleswick physical 1st VII and allowed us to try out different combinations with Regionals in mind. We were missing some key centre court players and defensive players due to illness and we hope they will be back for regionals. HJC

2nds v Giggleswick 2nds   Won 19-15
A competitive game for the 2nds saw a close score line throughout the match. Strong relationships in both the attacking and defensive circles helped Sedbergh convert their centres and turn over ball.

Giggleswick upped their game in the third quarter with Sedbergh going into the final quarter only two ahead. Sedbergh kept composure with Edwards and Gardener putting important shots up. Overall a strong team performance from the seconds with improvements being made every match. Well done girls keep it up! ATH

U15 v Giggleswick    Won 33-19
A convincing win in the end against a tenacious Giggleswick team. A few players still recovering from illness gave opportunity to others who slotted in seamlessly to this talented side.

Molly Davies played an encouraging shooting game whilst Rebecca Holliday gave an outstanding defensive display. In control for most of the hour with only a slight lapse in concentration in the second quarter, well done girls a good win against our local rivals. LS

U14 v Giggleswick  Won 29-2
An excellent display of skill and movement by our U14 team against a weak opposition.  The scoreline allowed Brown to try out some new tactics and combinations, Brown held their concentration and romped to an excellent score.

Jnr B v Giggleswick  Won 40-3
Due to the snow on Sedbergh courts, this home fixture was moved to Giggleswick sports hall. This match showed junior B at their best – from the first centre pass they had strong control of the game, putting into practice the planned centre pass moves from Mondays training to great effect.

Cookson and Page were a great combo at centre court – turning over and moving swiftly to the D, for Bridle and Coulthard to finish. Final score at 40-3 illustrates a great performance from this team. TAG

2nds v Durham 1sts  Won 40-36
Our 2nd VII Team had a nail biting match versus Durham 1st VII Team.  It was end to end goals throughout and any small errors were costly.  Durham broke a few of our centres which meant they were always a few goals ahead.

Their centre was very strong and their shooters were accurate.   However, Sedbergh kept their heads down and worked hard to hold on and keep up.   Entering the last quarter the score was a draw.  

It could have gone either way but Sedbergh had the mental edge and fought hard to ensure a 40 – 36 win.  Well done to all the players who gave it their all and also all the parents/staff who supported. FEB

U15B v Durham U15A  Won 20-18
This fixture saw Sedbergh’s U15B face up to Durham’s U15A. The first quarter saw the girls working hard for every ball with very tight defence from a fast and fit opposition.

The defence in our circle was particularly strong making Bridle work hard to get shooting opportunities. The second quarter entailed excellent defence from both sides with Long and Fairclough intercepting ball effectively.

Davies, Sykes and Coulthard took control of centre court in the third and fourth quarter, playing flat fast balls, putting Durham under considerable pressure and moving the ball effectively to the D for Bridle and Bailey to push the final score to 20-18 to Sedbergh. TAG

U14B v Durham U14A  Drew 14-14
Well done girls. You kept your heads in a physical game throughout the four quarters. The team worked well together and there were plenty of interceptions in the mid court and defending third.  

When you turnover the ball, make sure you keep possession with the next pass. A fantastic display from all players of hard work, determination and teamwork. MJC

LACROSSE

1st XII v Ampleforth  Won 15-3
Sedbergh are getting stronger with every match and this was their best performance to date. 

Ampleforth’s defence was a strong unit, slowing down the fast breaks and forcing Sedbergh to look for other options. Sedbergh were patient around goal working together to cut into the fan.

Sahana Grimaldi opened up the scoring for Sedbergh with Katie Barker, Eliza Hodgson, Amber Clarke-Williams, Nicole Jefferies, Georgie Snowden and Lily Rudd all contributing to the scoreline.

Sophie Woof had a great game in goal, intercepting Ampleforth’s passes and blocking tough shots. RPM

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