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Matthew Burns

GIRLS’ SPORTS REPORTS 22/09/14

HOCKEY

1st XI v RGS Newcastle L 2-0
With the bus struggling to get through the football traffic, a late arrival and rushed girls” 1st team started slowly and never got into the game. Despite Laura Batty having an outstanding game Sedbergh conceded two goals in the first half and never recovered.

The defence and midfield worked tirelessly in the second half but too often had no outlet up front resulting in turn overs and constant pressure on the Sedbergh D and few opportunities to test the RGS goalkeeper. The result was a fair reflection of the game and the Sedbergh girls are going to have to work hard to find a winning formula.

2nd XI v RGS Newcastle W1-0
Amelia Saunders winner with ten minutes to go sealed the win for Sedbergh after a close and hard fought game. Sedbergh had goalkeeper Molly Richmond to thank for making two excellent stick saves late in the game, whilst True Curran, Pip McDonald and Lottie McAteer all had strong games in midfield.

In particular the girls moved the ball out of defence far more efficiently and quickly in the second half allowing Sedbergh to spend most of the half on the front foot in the opponents’ half and it came as no surprise when Sedbergh scored.

U15 XI v RGS Newcastle  Won 5-0
The 15s started the game looking to reverse the result last year when they lost 2-1 to this RGS side. The game started at a frantic tempo with the majority of the play going down the middle. Sedbergh settled and started to move the ball freely, eliminating players with ease, it wasn’t long before Josie Coulthard got on the score sheet converting an easy chance at the back post.

Julia Haywood then joined in finishing calmly after tidy work from Georgina BM, half time came and went, and with a new game plan Sedbergh went on to grab another 3 goals in the second half running out 5-0 winners, Josie Coulthard got 3, Julia Hayward 1 and Grace Sykes 1.

U14 XI v RGS Newcastle Drew 1-1
14’s faced an ourgainsed side who defended deep with large numbers behind the ball, after relentless pressure Sedberfh were hit on a counter attack and went 1-0, that scoreline didn’t last long with Issy Chamberlain shooting with power and accuracy to find side netting from the top of the D.

In the second half Sedbergh pushed and pushed and despite 2 goal line clearances they were unable to get that winning goal, final score 1-1

Jnr B XI v RGS Newcastle Lost 3-1
The junior B side once again faced another A team, and despite some great individual performances they were unable to overcome the strong opposition losing 3-1. They should take a lot from the game and once they play another B side goals should flow in a team where players are pushing for positions in the A teams.

NETBALL

1st v Cheadle Hulme – 24-24
The first team travelled to Cheadle Hulme last Wednesday to play one of our new fixtures this term. Cheadle have a good netballing reputation and we were looking forward to continuing our senior development with a stronger fixture, we were not disappointed. From the start the physical nature of the Manchester schools hit us hard, Holly Hesford in particular having to contend with a Manchester Thunder defender.

The first quarter started at a frantic pace and finished with a 5-4 lead, could we keep this up for the whole hour? Low scoring continued with lots of interceptions, missed shots and some loose passes, half time saw us one down. The second half continued with the frantic pace, on two occasions the Sedbergh girls went down by four, only to put the pressure back on and pull the score level.

With two minutes to go we succumbed to a three goal deficit, the feeling was that it was all over, but Charlie Linas and Lizzie Churchouse had other ideas, they took an interception each which Anna Walkden and Holly Hesford converted, thirty seconds and one down, our centre pass which was converted with ten seconds to go. 24-24 was the final score, an excellent display yet again for fighting back, a great first game of the season by Churchouse as Captain, leading by example all the way.

2nd v Cheadle Hulme – Won 16-9
The match against Cheadle was a well contested game throughout. Sedbergh showed great composure with man of the match Ellie Mosley converting her shots at pressured times. Although it was a low scoring game, Sedbergh dominated the possession with Lily Rudd making several interceptions to turn the ball over. Overall a great result for the girls allowing different combinations to be tested.

1st Team v RGS Newcastle – Won 37-10
By Laylah Scott: We started the game off on a good start and progressively got better throughout the game with brilliant defence by Poppy Harnby, Hebe Holdsworth, Storm Straker and Rebecca Monaghan-Allen.

The half time score was 25-5, due to good movement down the court by Rose Arnold and Laylah Scott. The game finished with a 37-10 win to Sedbergh who really picked up their game with great shooting from Holly Hesford, Anna Walkden and Kate Russell. 

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