Saturday, 17th January 2020
1st VII v Holmewood House
Won 32-8 (PMc)
The girls were on superb form today in the glorious winter sunshine. In position in the first two quarters they were unstoppable and had posted a score of 19-5 by the half time whistle.
Consequently I moved them for the third quarter to give them the opportunity to increase their skills in a match situation in another position; Tara and Ariel were in the defending circle; Zadie, Amalia and Giada in the centre court and Michelle and Daisy in the shooting circle. The girls took on their new positions and made them their own, we won the quarter 10-3. During this quarter Daisy and Michelle were an incredible pairing in the circle.
For the final quarter every girl moved again to gain more experience; Zadie and Daisy were in the defending circle; Michelle, Giada and Ariel in the centre court and Tara and Amalia in the attacking circle. Again the girls played well although the new line up was less effective with a 3-0 win in the quarter.
Most Valuable Players: Michelle and Daisy for their work in the attacking circle. PMcC
2nd VII v Holmewood House
Lost 17-26 (LP)
3rd VII v Holmewood House
Lost 6-11 (GP/IO)
U11/10/9 v Holmewood House
A glorious summer day greeted the start of the game. After the way we had played against Cottesmore I had high hopes for great things. As the whistle went for the first quarter I took great delight in watching the game play, until I realised - our girls just didn't have quite the same sparkle today as last weekend. It was hard to watch them just drop the catches that last week they would have caught, pass the ball just slightly to slowly to have it intercepted. By the end of the first quarter we were 4 down and it was only thanks to some stylish goalkeeping we weren't somewhat worse off.
Countless times I have said that I am not a competitive coach - all I want is stylish, fair, within the rules game play. If the best they have isn't enough on the day - that's fine - enjoy it. I do have to say it was immensely frustrating to watch as the poor girls just couldn't get it together and play like last week, I felt for them - it wasn't for the lack of effort.
Stephanie M scored a goal to ensure that we had an entry on the scoreboard, Lydia played heroically, Pearl stopped so many goals I lost count, Indya was everywhere on court, Katia, India, Tiffany and Daisy provided a solid midfield. Stephanie D when on court provided someone to pass to, Daisy stepped in when she came of with a previous injury. The girls played well, but not quite to the magical level of last week.
I am now and always will be proud of my team - they never give up - they jolly nearly scored one in the closing minutes of the game - with that spirit and when on top form we will soon be unbeatable. I think we all need to work on finding space and passing more strongly. I look forward to our next match - we have a point to prove.
As ever thanks to the parents on the sidelines shouting us on and offering me a friendly supportive glance during particularly harrowing moments of gameplay.
Captain - Stephanie M
Girl of the game - Indya
Wednesday, 15th January 2020
1st VII v Brighton Lower School
Another slightly slow start from our girls today, our passing was a little erratic, the dodging required some tightening and the accuracy of the shooting was a little off (4-2). In the second quarter we rectified these things and played superbly winning 9-2.
Brighton came back fighting in the third quarter, with some sensible position swaps they dominated and won the quarter 6-3. Another quick team talk ensured that we played our own style of netball in the last quarter and really turned things around.
Most Valued Player: Giada PMc
2nd VII v Brighton Lower School
The 2nd VII Netball team played very well today and showed off what they had learnt in the training sessions this week. Brighton made a strong start scoring two goals in the first few minutes. Ashdown responded to this, caught up and had the lead by the end of the first quarter (5-3). They managed to retain their lead throughout, at half-time they were winning 12-6. Brighton made some changes to their team and had a really strong third quarter which finished at 17-13 to Ashdown. At this point we discussed that in previous matches Ashdown have played quite frantically in the final quarter which results in many mistakes being made. I also explained that Brighton had a very strong third quarter scoring more goals than us. They refocused themselves and went out with determination. Moments later something quite magical happened and they scored goal after goal for the final ten minutes. There were times when the game became a little too fast paced but they encouraged each other and played very well. I was very impressed by the performance of Nao (GK) and Dada (GD). They had the most fantastic game and could be seen jumping for the ball and making many interceptions. Bea was the star player today. She has always been a strong player on the team, working closely with Lucy in the attacking circle but today she was unstoppable. She was always in the right place and her shooting was very accurate. It was the best I have seen her play. Well done to the whole team. A great game today showing teamwork and sportsmanship. LP
3rd VII v Brighton Lower School
Saturday, 11th January 2020
1st VII v Cottesmore
Our girls were rather slow to start today. Admittedly it was slippery underfoot, but they expected that and had been asked to play short passes and watch their centre of gravity as they dodged. Ariel was electric against her extremely tall goal shooter. She is fearless and nothing fazes her. Possession was squandered regularly at the start. We were 5-4 up at the end of the quarter.
The second and third quarters were a totally different game. We were on point and ran away with the second 4-0 and the third 7-3. Tara did not put a foot wrong; Michelle passed forwards; Amalia was in exactly the right place; Daisy began to track her player; Giada got the measure of her athletic and tall defender and Zadie began to command the circle.
The score was a draw in the 4th quarter as Cottesmore put their best player to goal keeper. Other than the rather messy first quarter a super first game of the term.
Most Valued Players: Ariel and Tara PMc
2nd VII v Cottesmore
The girls had a strong start to the season before Christmas and went into this game with a positive attitude and high hopes. The play was strong throughout the match and it could have gone either way for both teams. At the end of the first quarter Ashdown were behind by two goals (7-5), at half-time they were behind by one goal (12-11) and after three quarters they were behind by two goals (19-17). Despite being behind at the end of every quarter the score was often level and Ashdown were ahead on a few occasions. With all to play for in the final quarter, play was frantic and messy from both teams. This was rather off-putting and unfortunately Ashdown didn't keep up. A high standard of play was seen from Sadie (C), Bea (GA) and Lucy (GS). I was impressed with the tactics that the girls had picked up from training with Mrs McCarthy in the week. They were passing well and Tracy often lept to the square position, receiving and passing the ball successfully. It was a game which pushed both teams but unfortunately didn't go our way today. Priorities for training next week will include marking and quick decision making. LP
3rd VII v Cottesmore
U11/10/9 VII v Cottesmore
I have to be honest and say that I was not looking forward to this match. Last time we played was against this team and it had not been a happy hunting ground with our scoreline best forgotten. That combined with the fact that my rather stylish Ashdown kit had clearly shrunk in the wash over Christmas led to me starting the match in a rather somber mood.
I soon lost this melancholy when I realised that the girls were on spectacular form and clearly were out to prove a point. Cottesmore were still a very strong team and we went down 4-1 in the first quarter. The cheering from the sidelines at Stephanie D's opening goal was spectacular. The parents too sensed that we were playing well and could just take it. Unfortunately we lost Katia to a finger injury which was a shame as she was playing fantastically, Daisy stepped into the position really well - more on this shortly!
The second quarter I do have to offer a massive shout out to Pearl - in her first match and as goalkeeper (she had been practicing as a shooter most of the lead up to the match, but she proved to be handy in both positions). There was a serenity that fell on our team as Pearl kept halting the Cottesmore charge, Indya as ever seemed to be everywhere on court, Lydia was a really spectacular goal defence and Stephanie J was demonstrating her recent run of top form. Stephane D and Stephanie M both managed to sneak one past the Cottesmore team and we went into half time down 6-3.
The third quarter the girls were all nothing short of inspirational - the match suddenly upped a gear and the play was something really quite special. Daisy just got free time and again and was in position for the girls to pass to. Stephanie M and Stephanie D both scored again (Stephanie M twice) and suddenly at the end of the 3rd quarter it was only one goal we trailed by. I actually don't think its possible to explain the atmosphere. I am a huge believer in sport being fun and not over competitive at the girls' age. We want them to enjoy and have fun, not be stressed by it, however this became a match we could win against a team we knew were good.
We went into the final quarter and it really was anyone's game, the ball went up and down the court with gameplay of an exceptional standard. I cannot single any one player out as all of them just excelled. Sadly and it really was bad luck rather than poor play that, in amongst all the tennis like travel of the ball up and down the court, the Cottesmore players managed to get 2 past the impressive Pearl. Final score 6-9 - but trust me - if you weren't there - the score does not explain how close and indeed how well played the match was.
The Cottesmore coach came to me after and commented "wow your girls have really come on - what a fab team - they played so well today"
I couldn't have put it better myself.
Girl of the Game: India B-B
Captain: Katia CD
Saturday, 7th December 2019
1st VII v Cottesmore
The girls began superbly today. Ariel was incredible against an extremely tall goal shooter. She held her position brilliantly and made some unbelievable interceptions. Amalia was also on top form. Her centre passes were superb and she defended like a girl possessed. The centre court of Michelle, Daisy and Tara were marked hard and had to think on their feet in order to find space and to outwit their opponents. A few more square passes would have helped considerably. These would have altered the run of play and opened up our attack.
Giada was electric against a very competent and extremely tall defender. It was a lovely battle to watch and to her great credit she won the majority of their tussles. Zadie was on form and shot some beautiful goals from way outside her comfort zone.
It was good to have a comfortable lead after the first quarter, 8-3 and second quarter 8-4 as Cottesmore refused to give up and came back fighting in the third and fourth quarter only losing each of these by 2 and 1 goals respectively.
It is impossible to pick out one player today, but Ariel‘s determination and skill against her 6 foot player was a sight to behold. PMc
2nd VII v Cottesmore
Team: Cristina, Ana, Bea, Lucy, Eva, Dada, Elsa
Having played two very different matches previously, it has been difficult to understand how their ability compares to other teams of their age group. After each match the team have left me with a deep sense of pride. They are so friendly and caring towards each other and gel amazingly well as a team. They have found their strongest position on the court and the sportsmanship between them is wonderful. Even when playing out of position, they hold their heads high and put their all into the job with some fantastic results. Today they started really well, winning the first quarter 8-3 and by half-time they had leaped ahead, with a score of 17-8. We decided as a team to make one change. Eva (GD) and Lucy (GS) swapped positions. Lucy was playing superbly but it gave Eva the chance to develop her skills as an attacking player and add to her goal scoring tally. She took some time adjusting to the role but she scored three goals, and with an additional two from Bea, the score was at 21-9 with one quarter left to play. In the Final quarter Lucy and Eva swapped back and Dada (WD) swapped with Cristina (C). Dada was nervous about stepping into the role but she played well and lots of praise could be heard from the sideline. The girls shone as a talent team today and they weren't phased by some fantastic marking from Cottesmore. A huge well done. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds after the Christmas break. LP
3rd VII v Cottesmore
U11 VII v Cottesmore
Saturday, 30th November 2019
1st VII v Christ’s Hospital
Today we played against Christ’s Hospital U12A team. Our girls were on fire. In the first quarter, whilst in position, we won 14-0. This was a superb opportunity to improve the versatility of our players, whilst keeping the match alive and vibrant.
In the next three quarters every girl had the opportunity to play in the shooting circle, centre court and defence. I am delighted to report that they each took up the challenge. Everyone scored at least one goal, defended with tenacity and moved round the centre court beautifully. Tara and Daisy were particularly spectacular when they played together in the shooting circle scoring ten goals between them. Amalia’s movement around the shooting circle is also to be commended
This was a very positive experience not only for our girls but also for the opposition.
Most Valuable Player Daisy PMcC
2nd VII v Christ’s Hospital
After a challenging last match, the girls really showed just how strong they are against Christ's Hospital. It was a very one sided match but I must give credit to the Christ's Hospital team who did not give up at any point. At the end of the first quarter Ashdown were winning 8-0. For the remainder of the match the girls played in positions they are not used to. They all adapted well and the star player for me was Eva, scoring six goals. LP
3rd VII v Christ’s Hospital
We were playing against Christ Hospital and we all enjoyed it a lot. There were a couple of injuries that happened throughout the game because of the slippery court but we all carried on playing like nothing happened. Indya got the player of the match, and the score was 10 – 3, with us winning. We (the team) all had a lot of fun. Also a quick shout out to a few members of the team for having great sportsmanship and filling in for the other team when they needed another player.
written by Elizabeth H
Wednesday, 27th November 2019
1st VII v Holmewood House
The girls were extremely excited to be beginning their netball season today. Even the heavy rain could not dampen their spirits. We began slowly and a little erratically; flashes of brilliance were followed errors.
The first quarter ended 4-2. Giada really stepped up her game in the second quarter and leading by example the rest slowly fell into line. Ariel defended well but needs to work on her distribution. Amalia began to learn and showed signs of mastering the goal defence position. Michelle made remarkable progress during the course of the game to start her netball career off with a bang. Daisy’s work rate was superb and Tara was always free. Zadie moved well round the circle but was frustrated by her accuracy today. We took the second quarter 6-0.
In the third quarter I moved a few people round, Amalia into GS, Zadie into GD, Ariel into WD and Michelle into GK. The result was 5-3. In the last quarter back in position we won 8-2. A super first match of the season.
Most Valuable Player: Giada PMc
2nd VII v Holmewood House
Lost 21-22 (LP)
Team: Lucy, Bea, Ana, Cristina, Dada, Eva, Sadie
Today the Ashdown House 2nd VII Netball team played their first match of the season. I was really impressed with the sportsmanship they showed towards each other and towards Holmewood. It was a fantastic match and could have been won by either team. The scores after each quarter show just how close it was:
1st quarter HH 5 : AH 5
2nd quarter HH 10 : AH 11
3rd quarter HH 16 : AH 16
Final score HH 22 : AH 21
Throughout the game neither team led by more than three goals at any point. It was twenty-one all when the final centre pass was taken, with thirty seconds left on the clock. At this moment, Holmewood responded and they got the final goal. I really enjoyed umpiring the game and felt the tension all the way through. Each girl on the Ashdown team played well and they all had shining moments. Star players were Bea in attack and Eva in defence. Bea was a huge presence in the shooting circle and worked fantastically with Lucy to score the goals. Eva responded to the Holmewood team by picking up on their sneaky moves to intercept them on many occasions. My fingers are crossed for a successful season. LP
3rd VII v Holmewood House
Lost 2-5 (KS)
The 3rds VII netball team had an excellent game against Holmewood House. The girls fought hard and both teams challenged each other in both the attack and defence positions on the court but unfortunately they lost 5 - 2. The girls played hard and well and were praised for their behaviour before and after their game. KS
U11/10 v Holmewood House
Thursday, 21st November 2019
U10 v Copthorne
This afternoon the Under 10 team played their first match of the season. It was a great match with some very tense moments and we enjoyed the support of some parents too. Watching the match was very interesting. Most of the game was played in our attacking half and we had more shots at goal than Copthorne but our shooting just wasn't accurate enough to score. We missed Daisy, our goal shooter, who was off games. Copthorne scored one goal in each of the first three quarters. It became clear that we needed to work on spacing out, catching the ball when defending and not throwing ourselves around, leading to contact and handing over possession of the ball. We have lots to work on in training and an exciting season ahead of us! My star player today was Lydia who played fantastically in defence! LP
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
3rd VII v Skippers Hill
The 3rds Netball had a successful game against Skippers Hill, winning 8 - 6. The girls played extremely well, in all positions of attack and defence. Their performance was absolutely amazing for their first match of the netball season. Very proud of the girls efforts, and extremely happy to say they all had fun during the game. KS
U11/10 Netball Quadrangular V Skippers Hill, Bricklehurst Manor and Beechwood
V Skipper Hill U11 Lost 1-8
V Bricklehurst Manor U11 Lost 4-9
V Beechwood U11 Lost 1-5
Team: Mimosa, Stephanie.D, Katherine, Indya, Stephanie. J, Stephanie. M, Katia, Lydia.
The Under 11 team were really looking forward to the quadrangular to start the netball season off. It was a lovely fixture which we really enjoyed. Each game was played in seven minute halves. We play against Bricklehurst first, which was a really tough match. The girls started well and didn't give up but they were up against some very tall players so marking was tricky. We lost this match 9:4. The second match we played against Skipper's Hill was a very similar story. Spacing was an issue and the girls just couldn't get free. A little more movement was needed from the girls and this is something we will focus on in our coaching over the coming weeks. We lost this match 8:1. The final match against Beechwood was a much more successful game. The girls were the stronger team when it came to marking and this made all of the difference. We won the final match 5:1. Overall, the two stronger teams, Skipper's Hill and Bricklehurst, came joint first. We came second, followed by Beechwood in third. I thought the girls played well. They listened to advice and improved as the afternoon went on. It was a great starting point for the season and as coaches, Miss Dean and I know exactly what we need to work on. LP