Game 1 – Birkenshaw Bells U12 v Giants 1 – 2-18
With a slight advantage due to Giants being 1 player down for the first few minutes we started positive and energetic. Excellent work rate from Georgia Harris in C and safe rebounds from Jess Shaw. Still some slow decision making and sloppy passes which lost us possession in areas. We battled on in the second quarter and there was some fantastic interceptions from Chloe Blamires. Center passes need work to ensure we secure the possession advantage and make the most out of the attacking position. With a switch up in the third quarter Charlotte Irwin shone in C and her movement was extremely effective in the mid court. There were moments when we limited passing options as we struggled to get free and work is needed on dropping our defenders. Chasing the lead in the final quarter there was some outstanding interception from Chloe and Evie and a great attitude from all to keep going by putting 100% effort into the play.
Even though we suffered another defeat, it was again another demonstration of our progress and against one of the leading clubs first teams we held our own. Player of the match went to Chloe Blamires again for another great performance and improvement in GK with excellent rebound balls and effective distribution, well done!
Game 2 – Birkenshaw Bells U14 B v Wakefield Wildcats – 17-14
A strong, positive ‘can do’ attitude from the beginning of the game by Birkenshaw Bells – securing a lead early on with a great shot by Chloe. The girls worked the ball well down the court, making use of all their players. Communication was good – more spacing was needed at times to secure a safe pass. With a strong defence, Wildcats found it difficult to get the ball into their circle.
Although we did well to hold the lead in the second quarter and continued to score goals – there was some sloppy, weak passing allowing the ball to be easily intercepted. However, we still excelled at working the ball down the court – setting our own pace, and keeping it steady. Some fantastic interceptions from Summer meant possession was kept.
In the third quarter, communication was very good. Brimming with confidence, the girls showed off how fabulous they really are! Good pressure, tight defending from everyone and some excellent interceptions once again secured us a lead of 5 goals. At the very end of this quarter, we allowed Wildcats to get a couple of goals – as we seemed to switch off a bit, perhaps feeling too secure with our lead? Keep it going until the whistle everybody!
Wildcats started this quarter very strongly – which knocked us for a few minutes! Bells pushed through though, with a renewed spirit and focus on the win. There was good passing and movement in the attacking third, to secure 3 goals in this quarter. Some chances were missed in both circles by not going for rebounds. Chloe was on fire with her shooting throughout the game, with an amazing ‘edge of the circle’ shot as the pinnacle of this quarter!
A fabulous, well deserved, hard fought win showing that hard work, commitment, and determination pay off! Well done
Team started of well leading 5-2 first quarter through some strong centre play from Summer Alyssa and Anna. Amy and Kate causing the opposition attack problems through good defending and lovely movement in the attacking circle from Chloe and Lottie
Second quarter picked up where we left off moving to a 8-3 lead however fitness proved an issue going in at half time 8-5 which did not reflect the way the team had played.
After a rest at half time the girls came out on firing racing to 14-5 lead. Some wonderful netball being played by the Bells passing in front of the player and great space being found all over court. However tailed off once again to go into last quarter leading 14 -7. The quarter was too close to a couple of footwork calls and wayward passes lead to a nervy finish. The girls held out to a deserved win 17-14.
- Areas of praise – Passing a massive improvement
- Area of praise – defending all worked back
- Area for improvement – Centre pass
- Area for improvement – attendance at training
Player of the match Chloe Wood, well done.
Game 3 – Birkenshaw Bells U14 A vs Huddersfield Giants 2 – 19-11
First quarter a solid start some lovely interceptions followed by some rushed passes which lead to a narrow 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Second quarter not our best lapsed back into bad habits of loosing players in defence and turning our back on the ball. However, signs were there of teamwork with some pleasing movement up court finished off by Emily and Harriet.
Third and fourth quarter was a joy to watch hard work starting to pay off with great rebound pick ups from Ella and Mia. Super movement and passing from the three Harriets. Wonderfully lead by Charlotte at centre who seemed to be everywhere. All finished off with great skill from Emily and Esme. This meant we only concede one goal in the last quarter this lead to a impressive 19 -11 win.
- Area of praise – movement up court at times was a wonder to watch
- Area of praise – fitness those suicides are paying off
- Area for improvement – facing the ball
- Area for improvement- passing under pressure
Player of the Match – Emily Chapman, well done!
An unbelievable weekend for Birkenshaw Bells and well done to every girl that represented the club, some great results and outstanding play by all, keep up the good work.
Big thanks again to Sue for ALL the organisation this weekend, sorting all paperwork, teams and attending all 3 matches, the club would not run without you! Also thanks to all helpers for coaching, scoring, collecting money, completing paper work, writing notes for match reports and finally all that spectated and supported the girls in their outstanding achievements this weekend, a great team effort.